Wind Power Modeling Articles

  • Equinor cuts floating wind costs by 40% in design revamp

    Equinor will use new installation techniques, concrete substructures and a shared mooring design to slice costs at its ground-breaking Hywind Tampen floating wind project in Norway, Halvor Hoen Hersleth, Operations Manager at Hywind Tampen, told the Offshore and Floating Wind Europe 2019 conference. Hywind Tampen, the world's first floating wind farm to supply oil and gas ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Solar operators take on price, timing risk to secure offtakers

    Asset managers are building wholesale market expertise and creating time-sensitive labor and cleaning strategies to meet the risk demands of offtakers, leading operators told the PV USA Operations conference. Falling solar costs and growing demand from utility and  ...


    By New Energy Update

  • US wind O&M thrust creates new roles, supplier networks

    U.S. wind operators will invest in repowering, digital tools and remote technologies in the coming decade, supported by deeper service and spares networks, analysts and suppliers told New Energy Update. The phasing out of the U.S. federal production tax credit (PTC) is set to profoundly impact wind industry spending and employment trends. The 10-year PTC is set at $23/MWh for projects completed ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Floating wind digital twin set to accelerate wave impact learnings

    A new digital twin project led by floating wind developer Principle Power will use advanced wave behavior analysis to improve load calculations critical to long-term design efficiency, project partners told New Energy Update. Last month, U.S. group Principle Power announced it would lead a consortium of public and private groups to develop the world's first digital twin software for floating ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Predictable Wind Power

    Maximizing value by peering into the future Wind power is variable, but predictable! Let’s not beat around the bush: wind power is variable.  Output power of a wind turbine varies with the wind speed and every location will have some degree of wind speed variations around an average value. Even on a windy night in Vanuatu, wind speed and thus ...


    By XANT NV

  • Norway seeks major role in floating wind supply chain

    Norway is hosting first-of-a-kind floating wind projects and opening up new sea areas for technology development, aiming to turn oil and gas know-how into renewable trade exports. Two recent announcements by Norway's government highlight the momentum gathering behind Norwegian floating wind development. In August, Norwegian state fund Enova agreed to fund NOK2.3 ...


    By New Energy Update

  • US wind turbine suppliers predict extended repowering wave

    Turbine and tower advancements could sustain repowering activity into the next decade, outweighing the impact of falling tax credits, leading suppliers told New Energy Update. U.S. demand for wind repowering is surging as operators rush to maximize asset returns amid dwindling production tax credits (PTCs). Leading U.S. turbine supplier GE Renewable Energy has ...


    By New Energy Update

  • US offshore CEOs call for East Coast supply hubs to beat competition

    The U.S. offshore sector must create regional East Coast supply chains and public-private initiatives that accelerate training and port investments to ensure long-term competitiveness, leading developers told the U.S. Offshore Wind 2019 Conference. New Jersey's decision last week to select Orsted’s giant 1.1 GW Ocean Wind project for its first large-scale facility ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Wind turbine technology leaps set to slice maintenance costs

    Self-diagnosing turbines, real-time output maximization and “crane less” maintenance will soon impact wind operations, cutting labour costs and increasing generation revenue, Denver Bane, Onshore Wind Services Strategy Leader at GE Renewable Energy, told the Wind Operations Dallas 2019 conference. Intense competition in the wind market is spurring turbine ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Forecasting Exercise - Case Study

    Objective: In 2005, AEE promoted a project related to the prediction of wind farm energy production, known as the Prediction Exercise. The project was financed by AEE and by companies that own the parks, as well as by a subsidy from the PROFIT programme of the ...

  • Offshore wind installation vessel capacity to tighten after 2020

    The existing fleet of turbine and foundation installation vessels is well suited to serve the European offshore wind market in the short and mid-term but it will not be sufficient to support installation demand after 2020, Michael Guldbrandtsen, senior consultant at MAKE Consulting, told Wind Energy Update. The next 2-3 years will continue to be dominated by orders for jack-up ...

  • Does Wind Turbine Blade Length Really Matter?

    Simply put: Longer wind turbine blade length means greater power production. Blades capture the wind which forces the rotation of the rotor; longer blades means more area for the wind to push against, which means greater force and rotational power. However, how much difference does blade length make overall, in comparison to other factors? There is a standard formula that can be used to apply the ...

  • CSP cost forecasts undervalue benefit to future grid balancing

    CSP generation costs could drop to $77/MWh by 2025 but storage and hybrid solar plants can provide further value by following load, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Director of Spanish engineering firm ACS SCE, said at the MENASOL 2016 conference on May 26. Global renewable energy expansion is reducing the cost of solar and wind energy while increasing grid intermittency and the need for ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Measuring Offshore Wind Resources

    To select the right offshore wind site, estimate the future energy output of a wind farm, and determine the best layout for the turbines, project developers must conduct wind resource assessment (WRA) campaigns on site. This is a critical phase of the successful development of wind farms. WRA campaigns on terrestrial sites have traditionally been performed using meteorological towers equipped ...


    By NRG Systems

  • Japan - Floating to a Clean Energy Future

    A country struck by disaster harnesses the power of ocean winds to set sail for a brighter, greener future Nearly 16,000 people were killed when a 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that crashed into the east coast of Japan five years ago. The 30 foot wall of cold, black water wiped out entire towns and villages and triggered one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. ...

  • EC support for UK power link raises Ireland’s offshore export potential

    The European Commission (EC) announced November 18 it had given priority status to ISLES, a cluster of Irish Sea grid projects which would transmit power from proposed Irish offshore wind farms to the UK grid. There are currently five Irish offshore windfarm projects for a total 2.6 GW of capacity. The inclusion of ISLES in the EC’s list of “projects of common interest” allows ...

  • The Age of Renewable Power – New IRENA Guide to the Future of Energy

    A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aims to assist countries in their transition to renewable energy-based power systems. The Age of Renewable Power, released today on the sidelines of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum ...

  • Drones for Wind Turbine Inspection

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Inspection Services for Wind Turbines: Global Market Assessment and Forecasts By the beginning of 2015, there were nearly 270,000 individual wind turbines operating globally. The more than 800,000 blades spinning on these turbines are battered by the elements over time and gradually wear out. Deterioration can cause reduced energy ...

  • UK offshore load factors accelerate on tech breakthroughs: 10-year study

    UK offshore load factors accelerate on tech breakthroughs: 10-year study The Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Operational report 2015 shows there has been a gradual increase in the load factor for the UK fleet since 2004 on the back of more productive wind turbines, wind farms being built at windier sites and improved plant availability. The Crown Estate manages UK sovereign ...

  • Rising offshore plant capacities lead to greater data-based O&M gains

    The growing size of offshore wind farms provides greater scope for data optimisation during Operations and Maintenance, while software solutions can also help mitigate risk during the development phase, Marcus Ihle, Senior Consultant at Outsmart, said. Further gains could be made if operators share more data from their growing databases with other plant owners, Ihle said. The ...

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