The next generation of turbines are set to revolutionise wind energy – onshore and offshore. Turbine technology is rapidly moving into unexplored terrain in terms of size, offshore innovation, data integration and climate adaptation.
This brings opportunities, but with new horizons come new challenges.
Offshore wind turbines will soon exceed 10 MW, and turbine sizes of 14 MW (and potentially larger) could be a very real possibility, significantly expanding the scope of energy generation. But with markets evolving and prices falling, we need new turbine architectures, advanced materials and production processes at lowest possible costs in order to keep up with market demand. In terms of technological innovation, floating offshore wind is perhaps the most exciting development in wind energy today – the industry is ready to unlock untapped deep-water areas for wind power generation.
But reaping the maximum benefit from all these new wind technologies also means taking greater strides into the digital future: data analytics, connected devices and new levels of IT applications will have a major impact on turbine technology going forward.
And while turbine technology will have a significant impact on the wind industry, the changing climate is set to have an ever greater impact on the evolution of turbine technology. At the WindEurope Conference and Exhibition 2017 you can learn from leading experts on these turbine technology issues: the opportunities and the challenges. The turbine technology sessions in our conference programme will put you at the forefront of turbine technology innovation.
Michael Muskulus, Topic Leader on Onshore and offshore turbine technology:
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