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WEWS-TV (ABC Cleveland)

WEWS-TV (ABC Cleveland)

Some call them wind turbines, others say windmills, but across Ohio, there are 302 of them. Have you ever wondered what happens to parts of those machines when they aren't used anymore? Usually, they're broken down or sent to a landfill, but one local business found a more sustainable way to use the scraps.

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World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum

This company turns old wind turbine blades into street furniture. From shaded benches, to picnic tables and planters that double as hangout spots. Start-up Canvus collects waste wind turbine blades from wind farms...

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CompositesWorld

CompositesWorld

What to do with fiberglass composite wind blades at their end of life (EOL) is a challenge many are working on across the supply chain. Canvus Inc. (Rocky River, Ohio, U.S.) is one company turning wind blades and other upcycled materials into creative and functional, community-centered outdoor furniture products.

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Yale Climate Connections

Yale Climate Connections

All over the world, wind turbines are generating clean, renewable energy.

But when they reach the end of their useful life, the giant fiberglass blades often end up as trash.

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Apeiron Construction

Apeiron Construction

The term ‘Upcycling’ is a relatively modern one. Coined in the early 1990’s, upcycling has been the vehicle for trending techniques and styles across multiple industries. Fashion, furniture, design, there are few areas in which upcycling has reached. In the construction world, it is a concept that is gaining traction also.

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Cleveland Business Journal

Cleveland Business Journal

Brian Donahue, managing partner of Canvus, thinks about his company's manufacturing facility as a kind of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory...

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Business Mayor

Business Mayor

Due to the size, weight and product cost, Canvus’s designs are best suited for places like parks, schools or other outdoor venues, said Brian Donahue, the company’s vice president for corporate affairs. But many cities, towns and schools are strapped for cash. So, Canvus’s business model emphasizes donors to help put its products in public spaces.

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Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy World

“The greatest science isn’t necessarily the greatest product,” Stockburger said. “If you’re not understanding markets and developing products that people want to buy at a price that makes you a profit, we’re never going to solve this clean energy transition and climate change.”

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Manufacturing Happy Hour

Manufacturing Happy Hour

Brian joins Manufacturing Happy Hour to share the incredible story of Canvus and how they repurpose disused wind turbine blades into functional art for public use, such as benches, tables and planters. He tells us how the company began, outlines their mission and provides expert tips for manufacturing leaders embarking on groundbreaking projects. 

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