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Old 11-08-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Offshore wind turbines are much more prone to “catastrophic” fires than generally believed, according to a new study by researchers at Imperial College London. It concludes that such accidents, which can lead to turbines costing more than $3 million apiece being written off, could easily be up to ten times as many each year as have been publicly revealed.

This is yet another blow to the reputation of offshore wind, Britain’s most-favoured method for meeting its European legal commitment to be generating about 30 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020. One reason is strong political opposition to expanding onshore wind farms.

Even without allowing for higher repair and replacement costs caused by destructive fires, offshore wind-power is estimated to be 60 per cent more expensive than onshore in the UK, and three times the current wholesale cost of electricity. Dieter Helm, an Oxford University economist, has described it as “among the most expensive ways of marginally reducing carbon emissions known to man.”

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