The high tower is an essential component of the horizontal-axis turbine, a fact which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. The costs, which can amount to up to 30 % of the overall turbine costs, are, of course, disadvantageous. As the height of the tower increases, transportation, assembly and erection of the tower and servicing of the components also become increasingly more difficult and costly. On the other hand, the specific energy yield of the rotor also increases with tower height. Theoretically, the optimum tower height lies at the point where the two growth functions of construction cost and energy yield intersect.


Wind Turbine Rotor Diameter Tower Height High Tower Rotor Thrust 
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  1. 1.Dipl. Ing. MunichGermany

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