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Would you ever eat candy that was onc...   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started Sep-18 by WALTER784; 244 views.
WALTER784
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Poll Question From WALTER784

Sep-18

Would you ever eat candy that was once a wind turbine? (See next post for details.)
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From: WALTER784 

Sep-18

University experiments with turning wind turbines into candy

'Doesn't sound so bad now, does it?'

By WND Staff
Published August 28, 2022 at 3:24pm

 new report at Interesting Engineering is documenting that officials at Michigan State University are suggesting that used wind turbine blades be turned into candy.
 
The report notes: "Gummy bears that were wind turbines in their past life may not sound too appetizing. But, what if it's edible and tastes like ordinary gummy bears? Doesn't sound so bad now, does it?"
 
The report concerns a "distinct turbine material" that later can be recycled into a new turbine blade, or many other products such as countertops, car taillights, diapers, "and even gummy bears."
 
"This innovation can have far-reaching consequences. Over the years, wind power has become an increasingly popular form of renewable energy. But, when it's time to replace the huge turbine blades that convert wind into electricity, disposal is an enormous problem," the report explained.
 
Bloomberg estimated in 2020 that some 8,000 wind turbines would be removed from service in each of the next few years.
 
So, the report said, the problem of disposal will be getting worse.
 
But the new idea offers options, it explains.
 
"Scientists presented the results of their study — the new composite resin suitable for making these behemoths — at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). A composite resin suitable for making wind turbine blades could be recycled into a variety of products, including these gummy bears," it said.
 
John Dorgan, who presented the idea, said, "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."
 
At this time turbine blades are fiberglass and can be half a football field long.
 
"A handful of companies have found ways to recycle fiberglass into lower-value materials but most discarded blades end up in landfills," the report said.
 
Dorgan noted, "Larger wind turbine blades are more efficient, so companies keep making bigger and bigger ones. Often, wind farms will actually replace the turbine blades before the end of service life because the farms can generate more electricity with bigger blades."
 
He and others fabricated the new material by mixing glass fibers with polymers from plants and a synthetic component.
 
They suggest their material could be used for anything from bathroom sinks to laptop computer covers.

University experiments with turning wind turbines into candy (wnd.com)

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Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Sep-18

No. No. No. 

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Sep-18

Well, guess what Michigan State University is using taxpayer dollars to study just that!!!

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Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Sep-18

That is absurd. There are other things they can do with recycled materials that doesn't involve messing with food.

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Sep-18

Yep, and there are other things more beneficial that they can do with those taxpayer dollars too.

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Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Sep-19

If windmills are so beneficial why are they recycling them? How often must they be replaced?

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Sep-20

I've heard 10-15 years.

And they seem to be recycling roughly 8000 of them yearly for the original ones installed 10-15 years earlier.

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Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Sep-20

That is a lot of windmills considering how little power they get out of them.

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Sep-20

And they don't even have the capacity to recycle the 8,000 coming in today, so they want to build hundreds of thousands more under the green new deal which means, we're going to have to start dumping them in the ocean in 10-15 years which will make the water level rise, but not due to global warming or climate change or whatever they want to call it... because we just don't have enough room!

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