TITLE

Keeping Wind Turbines Spinning

AUTHOR(S)
Blankinship, Steve
PUB. DATE
August 2008
SOURCE
Power Engineering;Aug2008, Vol. 112 Issue 8, p50
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the maintenance routines for wind farms in the U.S. It states that a typical wind farm consists of relatively thin towers and each supporting more than 65 tons of sophisticated mechanical and electrical equipment inside a nacelle on top of the structure. It mentions that while increasing natural gas prices, combined with a presumed extension of the 1.9 cent per kilowatt hour production tax credit for wind generation, should keep wind competitive with other forms of generation, the intermittency of the wind means keeping turbines producing at their maximum potential is also important to holding prices close to other forms of power production. According to the article, wind turbine maintenance costs are less than those for conventional forms of power generation.
ACCESSION #
33832796

 

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