Is the future development of wind energy compromised by the availability of raw materials?

E Gonzalez, A Ortego, E Topham, A Valero

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Abstract

The installation of new electrical power plants from renewable sources is key inthe transition towards a low-carbon economy. An important amount of diverse raw materials isrequired for this development. Due to its current prominence among renewable energy sources,we assess the expected development of wind energy towards the availability of the required rawmaterials up to 2050. Wind power is found to be in a favourable position, over solar thermaland photovoltaic power. Among the two main wind turbine technologies, the installation ofdirect drive turbines with permanent magnets faces a more challenging future. Recycling is animportant strategy to simultaneously reduce risks and costs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2018
EventWindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2018 -
Duration: 25 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

Conference

ConferenceWindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2018
Period25/09/1828/09/18

Keywords

  • wind energy
  • raw materials
  • recycling

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