"LITTLETON, Colorado, Aug 17 (Reuters) - China's plan to set up a recycling
system for obsolete wind turbines and solar panels is likely to be a lucrative
market in the country, which is well placed to become a global hub for the
recycling of several forms of outdated green energy equipment.
China has been the clear leader in renewable energy production for more than a
decade, and in 2022 generated over twice the amount of electricity from solar
power and 75% more wind-powered electricity than the United States, the second
largest green energy producer, according to Ember.
The sheer scale of China's wind and solar farms will provide any nascent
recycling specialists with a steady flow of worn-out parts and panels in need
of overhaul, especially with several utility-scale sites from the early 2000s
now approaching their end of life.
Moreover, China's world-leading recycling and scrap processing industry is well
placed to branch out into the wholesale handling of renewable energy cast-offs,
as it has unmatched expertise at tearing down spent parts and machinery to
generate valuable inputs for other sectors.
China's large scrap and recycling hubs are also well connected via train, road
and river systems to commercial zones throughout the country, and already
handle bulky loads of industrial detritus similar to the streams of old panels
and turbine blades anticipated in the years ahead."
Via Future Crunch
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