This incredible analysis only considers the environmental effects of the base, not the tower or blades. Heavens, we can’t even manufacture turbines with electricity produced from turbines, if we force fossil fuel plants to close b/c turbines are not energy dense and reliable enough…
The base of this 2.5 megawatt turbine …used 45 tons of rebar and 630 yards of cement. This computes in barrels of oil and in tons of CO2 for each base:
For the Concrete
478.8 Barrels of oil in 630 yards of concrete.
409.5 Tons of CO2 released for 630 yards of concrete.
For the Rebar
Taking a conservative 3 barrels of oil per ton the rebar would require 135 barrels of oil for the base of the 2.5 MW Turbine.
89 tons of C02 released for 45 tons of steel for the base.
The concrete and steel together for one base use
613 barrels of oil for each base alone.
Each base release 498 tons of CO2
(A barrel of oil is 42 gallons)
…With various iron making processes, iron has a range of Btus per ton. Converted to barrels of oil the range is 2.17 to 4.83 barrels of oil per ton of rebar.
Taking a conservative 3 barrels of oil per ton the rebar would require 135 barrels of oil for the base of the 2.5 MW Turbine….