The most topical technology question facing the wind power industry today is: how much bigger will turbines become? Generally, bigger power ratings tend to be accompanied by larger rotors but configuration choices also depend upon wind class, which in turn calls for stronger gears and bearings, reinforced structural designs, larger foundations and so on.
This report addresses these questions and more; going through the technological challenges facing the industry and gives an insightful perspective into the most likely ways forward.
Since the last version of this report was issued in 2015, the two major developments in the sector have been the significant growth in offshore wind, plus an unexpectedly fast drop in generating costs, and the rapid development of low-wind turbines onshore. Both areas have presented new technological challenges and opened up avenues for further industrial development.
An emerging trend is the development and introduction of next generation, large onshore turbines in the range 3.6-5MW, with matching rotor diameters for different wind classes. These issues are explored in some detail in the following chapters.
Key Topics Covered:
1. Global wind energy market
2. The next ten years: main trends in R&D
3. Wind turbines
4. Power conversion
5. Main components
6. Generator types and grid integration
7. Power transmission
8. Power storage
9. Special wind conditions
10. Offshore wind conditions
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