Made mainly of recyclable aluminium and steel, Wind Simplicity’s Windancer small wind turbine can be reconditioned and recycled at the end of its long life.

“The Windancer took inspiration from the longevity of the old Dutch and prairie farm wind mills. Most wind turbine blades are made of hard-to-recycle composites that end up in landfill or incinerators. Aluminum is easy to recycle, has a cradle-to-cradle life cycle and monetary value,” says Wind Simplicity CEO and Inventor, Sharolyn Vettese.

“Through our choice of materials and production processes we set out to minimize the use of hazardous constituents and toxic air emissions and solvents that can impact the environment and workers.

“Being in the renewable energy business, it was important for us to design the Windancer with a sustainable life-cycle in mind right from the outset."

The Design for Recycling competition was established by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry Inc (ISRI).