Increasing Wind Turbine Tower Heights: Opportunities and Challenges

Eric Lantz, Joseph Roberts, Jacob Nunemaker, George Scott, Edgar DeMeo, Katherine Dykes

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report has two primary objectives. First, it seeks to inform the opportunities and potential associated with increasing wind turbine hub heights. It also explores the conditions and locations where taller towers offer the most significant potential to increase wind technology performance and reduce costs. The second objective is to examine the status of tall tower technology as a key subcomponent of wind power advancement.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages66
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-73629


  • cost of energy
  • LCOE
  • turbine heights
  • wind energy
  • wind resource


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