This is an interesting article in BusinessGreen about the potential benefits to be had from repowering older UK onshore wind farms as they reach the end of their operational lives.
The article is prompted by a report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). By repowering sites using the latest and most efficient equipment, it is argued that the UK's generating capacity could increase by more than 1.3GW. The fact that repowering could be relevant to more than 750 turbines across nearly 60 sites in the UK in the next five years shows what a significant potential development this is.
Given the substantial amount of onshore wind farm construction that has taken place in the UK over the last 15 years, repowering is a topic we should expect to hear a lot more about going forward.
Upgrading the UK's existing onshore wind farms as they reach the end of their operational lives would provide a highly cost-effective way to boost cheap, low carbon electricity generation for years to come, a new analysis today by think tank ECIU concludes. In England, Wales, and Scotland owners of more than 750 turbines across nearly 60 sites that were installed around the turn of the millennium will face a decision when these wind farms reach the end of their scheduled operation in the next five years, the report points out.