27 May '18, 4am

@FriendsOScience @dblebuck @RachelNotley @jkenney @SMandel_AB Good article here

With the first generation of modern wind farms having been built in Germany, Denmark and California in the late 1980s, these three locations will be at the forefront of dealing with waste and recycling issues as old wind farms are dismantled or, in most cases, repowered. Repowering involves the dismantling of existing turbines and replacing them with fewer, significantly larger, machines. In Germany, the wind industry has suggested that repowering could reach a rate of 1GW a year, given that just under half of the country's approximately 22,000 turbines are more than ten years old. Another driver behind increased repowering in Germany is its newly revised Renewable Energy Act (see news story), which offers an improved financial incentive for repowered wind farms. In 2011, 170 old turbines with a combined generating capacity of 123MW were taken down in the country and repla...

Full article: https://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1124486/complexi...

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