What makes a wind farm?
A clear explainer, for business people, of the infrastructure that constitutes a wind power plant, taking into account current trends and innovations.
What are the key components, with particular focus on issues such as plant performance and energy loss? What are the key differences between on- and offshore wind farms, with respect to capital costs and lifetime cost structures?
Wind power technology & trends
- What’s in a wind turbine: a review of the key components (including blades, drivetrains and generators; plus cost & innovation trends)
- Understanding ‘power curves’ and their impact on turbine selection and capacity factor
- Other wind farm infrastructure and considerations (including the grid connection)
- Wind farm layout and energy losses, such as ‘wake effects’
- Availability losses vs. turbine performance losses
Offshore wind farms
- Offshore wind development and construction processes, and key risks
- Offshore foundations, grid connections and cabling.
- The crucial importance of the onshore element of an offshore wind farm
- Cost structures and sources of cost reduction and value-add in offshore wind?
- Analysing the status of floating turbines in the offshore wind business