Wind turbine payback: Environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines
Date: June 16, 2014
Source: Inderscience Publishers
Researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. They conclude that in terms of cumulative energy payback, or the time to produce the amount of energy required of production and installation, a wind turbine with a working life of 20 years will offer a net benefit within five to eight months of being brought online.