Temporary and Environmentally Friendly Coating with Drones
Icing of wind turbines is a major problem in their operation, as it leads to massive yield losses and wear and tear and endangers people in the vicinity. De-icing using helicopters or industrial climbers is extremely time-consuming. Turbine operators who want to protect their wind turbines from icing have had to dig deep into their pockets – heating mats or systems that can be integrated into the blades, systems that pump warm air into the rotors, or the use of lifting helicopters that spray de-icing agents are all associated with high costs. Drones, only used when necessary, offer an inexpensive alternative.
By Andreas Stake and Oliver Tiedje, Fraunhofer, Germany
How Can Ecological Modelling Support the Sustainable Development of Offshore Wind?
The plans to establish offshore wind farms globally have become increasingly ambitious and will lead to impacts on marine life, such as fish and marine mammals. Such impacts must be predicted and managed so that planned projects can go ahead while simultaneously minimising environmental footprints. Dynamic ecological modelling can simulate baseline conditions and impacts from various stressors, for example underwater noise, using the most accurate representation of animals, including their movements and reaction to said stressor. With such models, environmental issues can be identified early and throughout the project cycle to allow integrated mitigation solutions, easing the environmental approval processes and reducing related scheduling and investment risks.
By Frank Thomsen, Lars O. Mortensen, Naomi A.M. Tuhuteru, Jonas B. Mortensen, DHI, Denmark
Early Strategic Planning for a Diverse and Local Offshore Wind Workforce
State and federal policies have incentivised offshore wind developers to think locally for their workforce and supply chain. New manufacturing facilities, installation ports, and projects will create a demand for local workforces, both in the general trades, the unions, and specialised job roles specific to offshore wind. This article discusses why early strategic planning is critical for training a new industrial workforce in alignment with the pace of market demand.
By Nick Zenkin, Lead Offshore Wind Consultant, Xodus Group, USA
The MX-System from Beckhoff is a flexible, space-optimised system solution that can replace conventional control cabinets, thereby opening up new possibilities in wind turbine automation. As a modular control cabinet replacement that can also be decentralised inside the wind turbine if required, the MX-System saves engineering, assembly, installation, and maintenance effort. This enables highly efficient processes for the manufacturers and operators of wind turbines – from the planning, set-up and installation of the MX-System through to the maintenance of MX-System-equipped turbines.
By Andreas Franke, Business Manager Wind Energy, Beckhoff Automation, Germany
‘What is their problem, really?’ This question has been voiced by developers and operators of wind power, as it relates to citizens who complain of annoyance from wind turbines. ‘After all, most people are not annoyed, and they recognise how important development of wind resources is to combat climate change,’ we hear. Sometimes, the statement is more forceful: ‘most normal people are not annoyed,’ implying somewhat harshly that there may be something abnormal with those annoyed. When one makes a conscientious effort to communicate with people expressing annoyance, one finds they are neither malcontents nor oblivious to climate change concerns. Yet, one hears them express words such as, ‘I just haven’t been able to stand it in my home since the wind turbines were installed.’ For those impacted, annoyance is not merely a temporary unpleasant phenomenon but a condition that adversely impacts their life and health.
By William K.G. Palmer, Independent Researcher, Canada
Implementing and Measuring the Effectiveness of Directional NROs for Wind Turbines
Exploring the various methods to reduce wind turbine sound emissions, this article delves into directional noise-reduced operations (NROs). Drawing from real-world project measurements, it examines the adaptability and efficiency of NROs, especially in challenging siting situations.
By Isaac Old, Senior Consultant, RSG, and Timothy Carson, Acoustic Engineer, RWE, USA
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