Towards greener horizontal-axis wind turbines: Analysis of carbon emissions, energy and costs at the early design stage

Aso, Raymond and Cheung, Wai Ming (2015) Towards greener horizontal-axis wind turbines: Analysis of carbon emissions, energy and costs at the early design stage. Journal of Cleaner Production, 87. pp. 263-274. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of a quantitative analysis system as a platform for rapidly estimate energy, costs and carbon emission to facilitate the comparison of different wind turbine concept designs. This system aimed specifically at wind turbine manufacturing processes due to the fact that a large proportion of the environmental, costs and energy impacts would occur at this stage. The proposed method supports an initial assessment of multiple design concepts which allows the selection and development of a “greener” wind turbine. The developed system enables concept design of commercial wind turbine towers of hub heights between 44 and 135 m. The method supports an accurate estimation in regards to the dimension, energy consumed, maximum power output, costs and carbon emission in the early design phases of a wind turbine. As a result of the development, the proposed approach could potentially be used to minimise the carbon footprints of major engineering projects such as wind farms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon emission, carbon footprint, energy, cost, manufacturing, wind turbine design concept
Subjects: H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Wai Ming Cheung
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 16:48
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 12:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21164

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