Cost-effective transformer, cabling and system isolation solutions must be developed to accommodate rising wind turbine capacities and minimize plant downtimes, industry executives told New Energy Update.
Coordinated turbine yaw adjustments based on advanced data analytics could increase annual energy production by several percentage points, initial findings from a joint government-industry research project show.
The U.S. wind industry must invest in innovative logistics and installation solutions to control costs associated with rising turbine dimensions and maximize deployment potential, industry experts told Wind Energy Update.
Falling costs in Europe are prompting US. offshore wind developers to raise growth outlooks but faster deployment will require accelerated supply chain and infrastructure support, company executives said at the U.S. Offshore Wind 2017 conference on May 8.
Leading wind developers in the Middle East and North Africa are using mesoscale wind speed modelling and a range of atmospheric measurements to pick the best sites and technology setups, company executives said.
Siemens and technology firm Skyspecs are preparing to deploy new drones which use a combination of 3D technology and digital data capture to reduce downtimes and labor costs, company executives told Wind Energy Update.
Major operators are investing in repowering programs to profit from technology improvements ahead of tax credit deadlines and some firms are looking to repower after just 10 years of operations, industry experts said.
The growing involvement of Oil and gas groups in offshore wind projects will generate significant cost savings in installation logistics and along the full operational lifespan, industry experts told Wind Energy Update.