Could science make wind farms hotspots for gummy bears?
US boffins have found a way to take composite materials used in the manufacture of wind turbine blades to make these popular fruit gum candies.
Findings of a new study by the Michigan State University suggest that a specific turbine material can be revived or recycled into new turbine blades or a range of other products, including car taillights, diapers, sinks and even gummy bears.
The new turbine material was made by combining glass fibres, a material used for wind turbine blades with a plant-derived polymer and a synthetic one.
Using an alkaline solution, the new composite could be transformed into gummy bears, the scientific team has said.
Dr John Dorgan, who led the study, explains that a carbon atom derived from a plant like corn or grass, is no different from a carbon atom that came from a fossil fuel.
He added: “It’s all part of the global carbon cycle and we have shown that we can go …