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Research article2017Peer reviewed

Wind turbine performance decline in Sweden

Olauson, Jon; Edstrom, Per; Ryden, Jesper


We show that Swedish wind turbines constructed before 2007 lose 0.15 capacity factor percentage points per year, corresponding to a lifetime energy loss of 6%. Agradual increase of downtime accounts for around one third of the deterioration and worsened efficiency for the remaining. Although the performance loss in Sweden is considerably smaller than previously reported in the UK, it is statistically significant and calls for a revision of the industry practice for wind energy calculations. The study is based on two partly overlapping datasets, comprising 1,100 monthly and 1,300 hourly time series spanning 5-25 years each.


downtime; linear regression; performance decline; wind power

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Wind Energy
2017, Volume: 20, number: 12, pages: 2049-2053

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    Energy Engineering

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