Waste Management of End-of-Service Wind Turbines

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Reet Nommik
  • Spyridoula Karavida
Resource scarcity led to the use of more sustainable energy sources like wind energy. Wind energy is clean and renewable with no greenhouse emissions. However, a major problem related to this energy is waste derived from wind turbines that have reached their end-of-service lives. This thesis looks into the different materials that wind turbines are composed of, and suggests comprehensive solutions and concrete recycling guidelines in order to tackle the issue of waste management. This is substantiated by analysing secondary data from the existing literature and primary data from interviews and questionnaires, and using reliable theoretical concepts like circular economy and industrial symbiosis. Based on those principles, two detailed recycling guidelines have been created suggesting waste handling solutions of the cables and electrical and electronic equipment included in the wind turbines.
SpecialisationEnvironmental Management and Sustainability Science
Publication date31 May 2015
Number of pages63
External collaboratorSiemens
Jonas Pagh Jensen jonaspj@plan.aau.dk
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