Denmark Upgrades Wind Turbine Capacity, Reduces Number

JOSE AGUILAR | February 23, 2018

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An overwhelming statistical fact throws light on the evolution of wind turbines, according to the Danish Energy Agency Energistyrelsen (and its associated 4 decades of statistical data), in charge of following up on the development of the energy and supply sectors in the country, and its survey of turbine inventory. Denmark was a pioneer in developing commercial wind power during the 1970s, and today a substantial share of the wind turbines around the world are produced by Danish manufacturers such as Vestas and Siemens Wind Power along with many component suppliers. So, it is not by chance that old-tech turbines have shown such reliability through almost 4 decades, with the oldest 48 still going strong from the late 1070s despite having a combined capacity of only 2 megawatts. Compare that to the standard Vestas V164 turbine introduced in 2013 with a capacity of 7 — 9 megawatts (MW). That’s a 200-fold improvement!

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