Comment posted Wind energy may be controversial but the logistics and the skills are mesmeric by newsroom.
One of the issues here is the presence in Mongolia of rare earths.
Emerging economies like China’s are, at government level anyway, prepared to bear the environmental costs of market dominance.
In this case the environmental and health costs to humans and to wildlife come from the volumes of highly toxic fluid waste resulting from the process of separating the rare earths (which coexist); of which neodymium is used to make the substantial magnets needed in the turbines themselves.
As a major producer of rare earths, China – Mongolia – has also become a major manufacturer and supplier of turbines, contributing significantly to its dominance in this industry.
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- And that is the most serious concern. Ben Loyal and the Flow country?
- Thank you, Scots Renewables, we were about to do this when we saw you’d done it.
This is a valuable and detailed record and of interest to photographers as well.
- This is very much part of the scenario in this ‘industry’ that is of concern. ‘Here today gone tomorrow’ is a defining characteristic, along with bald-headed subsidy chasing.
And Vestas has proved a serial ‘here today gone tomorrow’ operator.
Corporate social responsibility doesn’t get off the page,
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