Lifetime extension of onshore wind turbines: a review covering Germany, Spain, Denmark, and the UK

Lisa Ziegler, Elena Gonzalez, Tim Rubert, Ursula Smolka, Julio J. Melero

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Abstract

A significant number of wind turbines will reach the end of their planned service life in the near future. A decision on lifetime extension is complex and experiences to date are limited. This review presents the current state-of-the-art for lifetime extension of onshore wind turbines in Germany, Spain, Denmark, and the UK. Information was gathered through a literature review and 24 guidelinebased interviews with key market players. Technical, economic and legal aspects are discussed. Results indicate that end-of-life solutions will develop a significant market over the next five years. The application of updated load simulation and inspections for technical lifetime extension assessment differs between countries. A major concern is the uncertainty about future electricity spot market prices, which determine if lifetime extension is economically feasible.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1261–1271
Number of pages11
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume82
Issue numberPart 1
Early online date21 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018

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Keywords

  • wind turbines
  • maintenance
  • operations
  • lifetime extension
  • turbine inspections
  • renewable energy

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Ziegler, Lisa ; Gonzalez, Elena ; Rubert, Tim ; Smolka, Ursula ; Melero, Julio J. / Lifetime extension of onshore wind turbines : a review covering Germany, Spain, Denmark, and the UK. In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews . 2018 ; Vol. 82, No. Part 1. pp. 1261–1271.
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