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Environment United States6. September 2022

Let’s Not Waste Old Turbines … Let’s Turn Them into Sweets Instead!

Scientists have discovered a way to recycle wind turbines – previously non-recyclable – and turn them into … gummy bears!

“They developed a new form of wind turbine material that combines glass fibers with both plant-derived and synthetic polymers […] It can also be turned into delicious gummy bears,” writes Monisha Ravisetti of CNET. “The beauty of our resin system is that at the end of its use cycle, we can dissolve it, and that releases it from whatever matrix it’s in so that it can be used over and over again in an infinite loop. That’s the goal of the circular economy,” says John Dorgan, co-author of the study.

Previously, at the end of their 20-year lifespan, huge wind turbines ended up in landfills with no possibility of reusing or recycling them. Scientists at Michigan State University were trying to find a way to tackle the problem when they came across the idea of using a new material that is not only functional but later can be turned into candy. While it might sound strange, scientists confirm that once broken down, carbon atoms are all the same – so go on, open the Haribos!


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