US wind power plants show little decline with age

CLEAN TECHNICA | Some days if feels like things aren’t made to last. Cell phone replacements, for one — how many does one have to have? Wind turbines, however, show a refined aging that suffers little over time.


Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have published a report in the journal Joule that concludes that wind turbines in the United States remain relatively efficient over time. The report, “How Does Wind Project Performance Change with Age in the United States?” (PDF), shows only a 13% drop in performance over 17 years. The researchers point out that newer plants are proving even more consistent and efficient.


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