Offshore wind power is under growing pressure to cut costs. Wind turbine technology is being asked to deliver higher yields, greater reliability and lower maintenance demands - all at lower cost. This report explores what technology can do to reduce costs, examines the trend towards larger turbines, and assesses what developers can do to ensure turbines deliver in the harsh marine environment.
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Technology innovation central to cutting CoE
If offshore wind is to fulfil its potential to be the UK's main source of sustainable energy, it needs to mature rapidly and reduce both cost of energy and risk over the next decade. This article describes the pivotal innovations already under way and sets out the outstanding issues that remain to be addressed
Offshore wind sails into the era of the giants
The potential for rapid upscaling of offshore wind turbine capacity to 20MW and beyond by 2020 continues to fuel intense industry debate. We evaluate the latest turbine designs and assess the technological developments that could see them come to fruition
Industry must learn to tame the cruel sea
Innovation in wind turbine design and engineering is opening up opportunities to improve performance and yields. But operating at sea presents a host of challenges for the industry, from long-term corrosion protection to access for installation and maintenance. This article explores what companies are doing to improve how turbines operate at sea.