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Wind Turbine Pitch Control: Exploring ongoing advances in the technology that monitors and manages the movement and loads on wind turbine blades.

Of all the key components that constitute a wind turbine, pitch control tends to fly under the radar for attention, yet it is no less integral. At its simplest, pitch control handles the rotation of the rotor and ensures that the turns to the generator remain constant. This report looks at the advances in the technology.

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OFFSHORE WIND: EXPLORING THE HEALTH & SAFETY CHALLENGES POSED BY MULTI-CONTRACTOR PROJECTS

During the construction phase a high number of personnel, vessel movements and equipment with high risk activities are involved. On top of this, the multi-contractor model adds additional challenges relating to contractor interface and culture. Additionally, as wind turbines increase in size, numbers and offshore distance, these factors can result in dangerous incidents. Effective management of multi-contractor projects is therefore paramount.

In this expert report, SeaRoc Group proposes going back to the simple basic principles of health and safety risk management is the best approach to bullet-proof your project against risks.

The report will explore:

  • The challenges introduced by multiple contractor layers and the proposed solutions
  • Organising for construction Health and Safety
  • The solutions and steps to take for effective management of multi-contractor projects
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    CAN THE WIND INDUSTRY BANK ON WIND LIDAR TO DELIVER IMPROVED, MORE ACCURATE ANNUAL ENERGY PREDICTIONS?

    There are many motives for improving wind measurements, but is wind lidar the solution? Since the technology’s introduction in 2003, the wind energy industry has sought to confirm this. The report outlines the demand for improving measurement techniques and examines whether wind lidar technology is the most effective way to achieve this, across different wind energy project applications.

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    Monitoring wind speed and direction to optimise turbine operation 2014

    Accurate calculation of the performance of wind turbines is essential to achieving the best annual yield and the operating design life that will provide the lowest possible cost of energy. We look at advances in products and services that monitor wind speed and direction at the wind turbine rotor.

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    WIND TURBINE RETROFITTING 2014

    Exploring the latest developments in upgrading and replacing components and systems of operating wind turbines.

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    LOAD AND OPTIMISATION 2014

    Exploring the latest products and technical advances that are helping the wind industry to improve cost of energy by managing turbine loads during operation.

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    WIND TURBINE CONTROL SYSTEMS 2014

    Turbines used today for commercial-scale wind farms are considerably larger than those seen in the industry’s early days. We look at the progression of the turbine control system, solutions to industry challenges and what the future holds.

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    SCADA 2014 SYSTEMS FOR WIND

    Scada data was originally used for simple monitoring and control of wind turbines but is now helping to reduce downtime and increasing availability.We look at the latest technologies in Scada, how the system operates now to increase turbines’ power output while decreasing the cost of electricity generated, and future technology requirements.

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    OFFSHORE MAINTENANCE VESSELS 2013: A NEW MARKET FOR JACK-UP VESSELS

    As more far-shore wind projects come online, operators will be making demands on the smaller, tailor-made jack-up vessels to provide maintenance. We explore the market, the requirements, and the solutions available in 2013, from major component exchange needs to availability options.

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    WEATHER MONITORING SYSTEMS OFFSHORE 2013: EXPLORING THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN MEASURING AND MONITORING OFFSHORE WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION

    The accumulation of reliable weather measurement data is of key importance from project inception through the lifetime. We look at the current methods of accumulating accurate information and how to manage the data through a 20 year period or longer.

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    CONDITION MONITORING 2013: EXPLORING INNOVATIONS, CHALLENGES AND POTENTIAL OF THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT KEEP WIND TURBINES OPERATING

    As technology improves and detractors of condition monitoring systems reduce, we explore the current systems available, the advantages of each system type and how to make the most of the data captured.

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    THE FUTURE OF WIND

    This briefing highlights the areas where the Met Office is investing in research and development needed to offer reliable weather and wind predictions on all timescales. The Met Office provides a range of forecasts – from hourly and daily through to annual and decadal timescales and beyond, and improving the accuracy of these forecasts is essential for the wind industry moving forward.

    Recommended reading for all policymakers, developers, owners, turbine manufacturers and investors with a vested interest in the future of wind power.

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