October 21, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
Although innovation in design will be required to produce very long turbine blades for these extra-large turbines, the focus is predominantly on innovations that present cost-saving benefits. This article dives into why it is crucial to focus on this aspect - read on to find out more!
October 20, 2015 by Wind Energy IQ
Right now, experts are coming together in Bremen to talk about the challenges of SCADA systems for wind turbine farms. The perfect time for you to check out this article describing how a good SCADA system can really take your wind farm to the next level!
October 15, 2015 by Wind Energy IQ
Leaving no stone unturned, the offshore wind industry continues to innovate and look for new and more cost-effective ways to develop renewable energy. Driven by the need to design systems that can be installed quickly and cheaply at extreme ocean depths, engineers are working on several approaches to provide the industry with more options for achieving the offshore wind expansion the world wants to see. Read on for two interesting case studies - Baltic 2 and Riffgat!
October 13, 2015 by Wind Energy IQ
Transfer to 66kv inter-array voltage systems presents an attractive option, but also generates a number of challenges to address. One of them is availability and compatibility of switchgears and transformers for 66kv installations. Although there is an array of high voltage switchgears and transformers readily available on the market, the offshore wind industry has its own unique requirements that cannot be compromised. These specifications include: limited space available for installation, exposure to the high shocks and accelerations at every stage, from transport, construction to installation, operation and commissioning on site, as well as highly saline environment.
October 7, 2015 by Eize de Vries
High-speed geared drivetrains have for many years dominated modern wind power, a status quo whereby Enercon of Germany largely made up for the remainder with its range of direct drive turbines. In recent years the role of direct drive has increased substantially, while also medium-speed drive technology is making inroads in 3 – 8MW class. This article by Eize de Vries provides an overview of drivetrain development trends for both onshore and offshore wind.
October 6, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
An oft-disregarded aspect of wind farms is the actual asset management. This article explores implications, challenges and chances of sensible asset management.
October 1, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
Offshore wind farms currently operating off the UK coast have a capacity of 3.6GW between them, so it will be a remarkable increase in a relatively short space of time. Including the wind farms being constructed as part of rounds 1 and 2, the total UK offshore capacity of projects in planning and development is over 30GW. Read on to find out how this capacity is being utilized.
September 29, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
Optimising transport and installation is a key challenge or offshore wind. With the development of larger turbines and far-offshore wind farms, it is vital to improve vessel use and port infrastructure. Collaboration from the complete supply-chain is needed to simplify complicated interfaces and reduce installation times. Investments are needed for purpose-built installation vessels, as well as the cabling to support large wind farms. With uncertainty over future demand, governmental policies will play an important role in these investments.
September 17, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
Substations are a vital part of every wind park - especially offshore thought his poses many challenges. Have a read through this article detailing some of the more innovative approaches from Overdick, Gode I& II and others
September 16, 2015 by Wind Energy IQ
As wind farms continue to move farther off-shore and into deep waters, there has been a greater emphasis placed on making turbines more reliable and cost-effective. One of the greatest challenges to wind energy is the time and financial cost of maintenance and repair. This exclusive article compare some approaches and ways to effectively reduce costs!