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65GW of European Onshore Wind Turbines Need Upgrades or Replacements by 2028 - Wood Mackenzie

Power News - Published on Mon, 16 Sep 2019

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According to new research from Wood Mackenzie, some 65 gigawatts of European onshore wind turbines will reach end of design life by 2028. From 2019 to 2028, an average of 4 gigawatts of turbines per year that are reaching end of design life will be lifetime extension suitable. While upgrading components to extend the life of a turbine the LTE option is much cheaper than alternative options available, not all asset owners will choose to implement a LTE solution. The decision to extend the operational lifetime of turbine assets depends on asset owner strategies, project economics and site and turbine operating conditions.

Complete turbine repowering is one of the solutions proposed to maintain the existing capacity of the European onshore wind turbine fleet. This involves the wholesale replacement of old turbines with new technology.

However, the costs of new technology, permitting issues, regulatory hurdles and asset owner resources make repowering a daunting proposition for many operators. LTE is an alternative to decommissioning or complete repowering.

Wood Mackenzie has identified 42 gigawatts of turbines reaching end-of-life by 2028 that have a commercially available LTE solution.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 16 Sep 2019
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