Europe will dispose of between 500-2000 tonnes of used wind turbine blade material annually before year 2005, according to a study conducted by certification agency KEMA, rotor manufacturer Aerpac and the EDON Group's industrial utility waste company, Hanze Milieu. After 2005, a sharp increase to 7000 tonnes annually is anticipated. The study, which surveys the possibilities of environmentally friendly blade disposal, concludes that sawing and shredding are the most effective means of compressing material from the present generation of short life rotors. The best price for the resulting waste is currently being offered by the Belgian cement industry at some NLG 250 (EUR 103) per ton, the study has found. The next phase of the project will examine the possibilities of working with the cement industry to develop recycling procedures.
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