Monday, June 1, 2020

How to Extend the Life of Renewable Technology

One of the most important reasons to choose renewable energy over incumbent technologies is because renewables take the long view. They meet our most immediate needs without jeopardizing the next generation’s livable future.

However, this entire well-intentioned mission can’t work if renewable technologies themselves aren’t built to last and don’t receive the upkeep they need for long and productive service lives. Here’s a look at some of the best ways to prolong their use so our assets continue serving us faithfully into the future.

1. Perform a Lifetime Extension Assessment
Wind turbines are fairly robust pieces of machinery. Most design specifications call for a service life of around 20 years. However, even low-cost maintenance and repairs can extend this life if the right care is taken. If an operator is faced with the decision to decommission a wind turbine or evaluate it for extended service, a lifetime extension assessment can help.

Several official groups, including the German Association of Wind Energy, have published sets of technical requirements to be considered during lifetime extension assessments. Receiving a positive result from a lifetime extension assessment requires access to the right information.

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