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    "Sustainable development" is a relative term: it is development that moves us from the present state towards a more nearly sustainable state. Wind farms are the fastest growing segment of the renewable electric power market. The scale of their construction creates a growing demand for materials, some of them �critical� in the sense that their supply chain is at risk. One component - the permanent-magnet generator - uses neodymium-boron magnets. How does the annual demand for neodymium for wind turbines compare with the current world production of this rare earth? Are there alternative magnets that do not depend on critical elements? This case study applies the 5-step method described in the Tool Kit for exploring proposals for sustainable development.

    Here you can find more information on the 5-step methodology for sustainability assessment of technological proposals (Ashby et al., 2015) and the package with templates and handouts for group work: Teaching Package: Active-learning ToolKit - Sustainable Development

    Cost, Design, Legislation, Materials, Processes, Project, Selection, Sustainability, 2017

    Author/s | Institution: Mike Ashby | Granta Design | 2017
    Format | Language | Year : ZIP | English | 2017
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