How many pounds of copper are in a wind turbine?

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The number of pounds of copper in a wind turbine will vary from model to model. For example, a Vesta V80, 1.8 MW, contains an estimated 6,600 - 7,700 pounds of copper! In a typical wind turbine, copper is used in the power cables, control cables, instrument cables, cooling and...

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The number of pounds of copper in a wind turbine will vary from model to model. For example, a Vesta V80, 1.8 MW, contains an estimated 6,600 - 7,700 pounds of copper! In a typical wind turbine, copper is used in the power cables, control cables, instrument cables, cooling and heating systems, the generator, transformer, and grounding system. Additionally an average generator weight may equal 8.5 tons and be composed of 35% copper and 65% steel. Copper is a natural choice for green energy wind turbines since it is easily recycled and readily available.

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