Wind Turbine Blade Recycling: An Economic Decision Framework

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2015-12-01
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Hoefer, Michael
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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
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The objective of this project is to explore the economics behind wind turbine blade recycling. The project will determine the current cost of disposing wind turbine blades, and investigate the cost of pursuing other end-of-life alternatives. The goal of the project is to model the economic factors that cause a wind farm owner to dispose of blades in a certain way. Examples of economic factors would include cost of recycling equipment, distance from wind farm to equipment, selling price of recycled output, etc. The project will involve studying the cost of existing methods of wind blade decommissioning, as well as proposing costs for recycling methods.

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