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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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The Good Men Project

The Good Men Project

A Cleveland-area company hopes corporate and charitable sponsors will want to share a piece of the circular economy.

Canvus is counting on a sponsorship model to grow the market for the benches, picnic tables, and other outdoor furniture it makes from recycled wind turbine blades. The company started shipping its products in August and has installed more than 200 pieces so far in one of the latest attempts to recycle a growing wind industry waste stream.

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The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel

Recycled wind turbines: turning blades into benches (Video)

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Cleveland Magazine

Cleveland Magazine

There really isn’t a good way to dispose of a wind turbine once its 20-30 years of service ends. After all, at 30,000 pounds and 300 feet long, they aren’t that easy to recycle and nearly 5,000-8,000 blades are retired each year. Most often, the spinning arms are sentenced to the unfavorable fate of incineration or life in a landfill — until now.

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Calgary 107FM - CONNECT with Sarah Crosbie (Episode 48)

Calgary 107FM - CONNECT with Sarah Crosbie (Episode 48)

Could you imagine this one day... you're at the park sitting, resting - maybe you've just walked the dog. You take a load off, you sit down, and what are you sitting on? You're sitting on a bench made from a retired wind turbine blade... Sound futuristic? It's not!

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Hibridos y Electricos (Spain)

Hibridos y Electricos (Spain)

Wind energy is having a strong impact on the world, which is why there are more and more windmills generating electricity. However, this also has a number of limitations . What happens to those units that have already completed their useful life? While most of the structure is made up of metals, the blades are difficult to recycle due to the components they contain. For this reason, a start-up has decided to reuse this material as a decorative element in parks and gardens.

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WHBF-TV (Rock Island, IL)

WHBF-TV (Rock Island, IL)

Herring pitched her idea of creating a Gaga Ball pit with materials from wind turbines at First Ward Park in Maquoketa to city manager, Josh Boldt. Her ideas, which would bring more kids to the park, impressed Boldt enough to ask her to join the Maquoketa Parks Board meetings.

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