Wind turbines last half as long as previously thought: study shows wearing out after just 12 yrs

abandoned_wind_farm_hawaiiStudy of almost 3,000 turbines in Britain sheds doubt on manufacturers claims that they generate clean energy for up to 25 years
Tamara Cohen, Mail Online
Wind farms have just half the useful lifespan which has been claimed, according to new research which found they start to wear out after just 12 years. A study of almost 3,000 turbines in Britain – the largest of its kind – sheds doubt on manufacturers claims that they generate clean energy for up to 25 years, which is used by the Government to calculate subsidies.

Professor Gordon Hughes, an economist at Edinburgh University and former energy advisor to the World Bank, predicts in the coming decade far more investment will be needed to replace older and ineffective turbines – which is likely to be passed on in higher household electricity bills. He said the performance of the UK’s wind turbines over the past 11 years had ‘deteriorated markedly’ and that ‘the subsidy regime is extremely generous if investment in new wind farms is profitable despite the decline in performance due to age and over time.’ Read article

2 thoughts on “Wind turbines last half as long as previously thought: study shows wearing out after just 12 yrs

  1. As long as the money keeps rolling in, who cares if the turbines work or not. It was never really about green energy anyway….it was about green money, and how to scam it out of us on a product that is completely useless. More proof of this fiasco is coming out every day!

  2. Next green energy scam…..giant steroid fed hamsters on extremely large green wheels. renewable, environmentally friendly, and cheap! What an improvement. Also, they won`t harm you if you don`t bother them, and the farm can produce enough food for a hamster`s lifetime on a small amount of land, and we could actually use the rest of the land to grow food! What a marvel idea!

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