By SHAWNA BETHELL
I first saw a wind farm.
I was driving from a valley in Utah to an open valley. The three great, heavy-handed villains of the future are standing. Those were the early days of wind, and I found the mechanical structures in their pure, white, beautiful form not only impressive but also ingenious. Today, in our own western plains, turbines have taken over the landscape, and despite controversies such as bird deaths and noise pollution, I am proud of Kansas as a leader in clean energy.
However, when hundreds of thousands of knives come out of the commission with those abundant turbines, the problem arises. Made of fiber-reinforced polymer, the knives are not rotten or reusable. Many of them now end up in garbage dumps, or burned in states where there is enough space to take them. Both options have negative environmental impacts.
However, efforts are being made to find innovative ways to rejuvenate those turbine knives, and some innovations are taking place in Kansas.
Enel Green Power, a Nenex-based smoker I and II wind farm in Lincoln County, North America, with the help of the National Science Foundation, re-winded an international organization looking for alternative ways to use broken knives. Study reusable knives for use as tools.
“Fiberglass, which looks like a boat, is extremely lightweight and has amazing properties for strength,” said Russell Gentry, associate professor of architecture and civil engineering at Georgia Tech. But by nature it is difficult to separate the fibers from the glue, it is very difficult to reuse.
However, according to Gentry, the material can be cut and modified, allowing it to maintain its structural capacity.
A study by Re-Wind.info shows that the life of a turbine knife is about 20 to 25 years after it is out of service. At that time, however, fiberglass strength can be reduced by only 10 to 20% of the original condition, which means that the material has a well-designed second life application.
“Kansas is a hub for wind and renewable energy,” says Jenny. I think there is a desire, a desire, to connect that force to the national grid throughout the Middle West.
He sees Bladepol as a means to an end. It also explains that the use of knives in the same area where they first lived is very costly because knives are up to 200 feet long, and long distance travel is very expensive.
“We know there are no bullets left to solve these challenges right now,” said Betty Murphy, a project analyst with Enel Innovation Analyst and R-Nifas. Wind Turbines ”
Murphy went on to say that the state’s strong wind resources and land available have enabled Anneel Green Power to make significant investments in Kansas. The new technologies will enable the company to invest more in our sustainable economy.
With that in mind, Enel and Wind are always looking for new ideas for the slaves, and Jenny recently came up with some good ideas on how to use turbine knives as soon as he found a landlord in Lincoln County. In agriculture.
“There is a strong desire from the wind community to listen to their stakeholders,” said Jenny.
In this partnership, landowners and the state as a whole can benefit from a round economy – one where the second life of the material is already conceived and agreed upon until the end of its first life.
Jenny is not sure how long it will take for Blepol to enter the distribution, because beyond the structural feasibility, there are complex risks involved in carrying power lines. These must be completed before consumer companies are willing to sign up to use the technology, and rightly so.
However, the information gathered from these studies will be used for other renewable energy projects, making Kansas a leading leader in the renewable energy industry and committed to a sustainable and clean economy.
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Shawna Bethel is a freelance journalist covering the people and places of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Before returning home, she wrote several publications in the southwestern United States.
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