Today’s blog is provided by the highly experienced energy consultant Roman Boos who introduces the new International Repowering of Wind Turbines Insight Seminar by going over the key differences between refurbishing and repowering. Insight Seminars are designed to provide international green technicians with otherwise hard-to-obtain knowledge and hard-won experience from vetted experts. You can register here.
Wind turbines play a crucial role in driving the clean energy transition. As these turbines age, there comes a point where decisions must be made regarding their future. Two common approaches are repowering and refurbishing. While both options aim to improve turbine performance and extend their lifespan, there are key distinctions between the two. In this blog post, I will outline the differences between repowering and refurbishing to provide a clear understanding of these processes in an international context.
Repowering Wind Turbines: Repowering involves the complete replacement of older turbines with newer and more advanced models. Here are some key aspects to consider:
Refurbishing Wind Turbines: Refurbishing focuses on restoring and revitalising existing wind turbines to extend their operational life. Here are some key aspects to consider:
Ultimately, the choice between repowering and refurbishing depends on various factors such as project objectives, budget, new site conditions, and regulatory requirements. It is essential for stakeholders and engineers to carefully evaluate these factors to make informed decisions that maximise energy production, ensure long-term reliability. My seminar will reveal what to consider when making this decision, as well as other critical aspects related to cross-border repowering, stakeholder- and inventory management and reassembly.
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