Grand Forks research center creating wind turbine repurpose study

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks is partnering with national energy companies to complete a study that recycles and repurposes wind turbines.

A research team made up of scientists and engineers are experimenting on turbine blades that have been donated by Allete Clean Energy.

The project focuses on finding options for the blades after they reach their maximum 15-year lifespan.

Engineers on the study say they're in the beginning stages of creating a design for the experiment.

“The initial finding without even having done any scientific testing on it, is that they're very hard to process. They're ridged, they're strong by design. If you try to cut through them with a saw they'll chew up the teeth in a heartbeat,” said Josh Strege, engineer at the EERC.