For many years wind energy has been used as a great option for other types of energy that are less sustainable and therefore pollute. Therefore, we must be very grateful to these wind turbines that belong to different landscapes.
However, an important question may arise when the final destination of these wind turbines is no longer usable and therefore needs to be upgraded.
A new report promises a process to end the life of wind turbines
As we can see, there are some landscapes that, a few years ago, began to be driven by wind turbines, in addition to the usual greens. This is driven by the wind, because the equipment must be installed in particularly suitable places. Thus, it is possible to convert wind energy into electrical energy.
While they are so important while they are functional, wind turbines are still a colossal piece of equipment, so what happened at the end of life is a matter of attention.
Therefore, WindEurope has presented a new report to help dismantle and recycle wind turbines. This is based on the fact that this problem is gaining more and more attention in Europe.
5-10 more lives for electric power generators
In other words, the operating life of wind turbines is generally between 20 and 25 years. Today, there are around 34,000 wind turbines in Europe over 15 years old. Basically in Germany, Spain, France and Italy.
Ultimately, decisions about wind turbines involve prolonging the life cycle or dismantling those that don’t work and then recycling them. In this way, Europe has already restored 123 wind farms to improve its power. Despite the limited trend, it is expected to accelerate over the next 10 years.
In fact, the possibility of extending the life cycle of wind turbines is particularly pleasant for operators.
As WindEurope estimates, the European wind farm will receive a technology allowance to keep its wind turbines running for another 5-10 years. However, if this option is not feasible, the turbines will need to be completely dismantled and recycled. After all, about 85% of equipment is now capable of recycling.
WindEurope presented this report to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as an introduction to the development of the 61400-28 CD Technical Specification focusing on wind turbine life.
We hope this will help create an international industry standard.
Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope, said.