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Now the UK has committed to reducing its carbon emissions, wind power stands to benefit over the next decade. However, are the policies in place to ensure that targets are met? With onshore wind power all but banned, can offshore wind power meet the shortfall?
World outlook Top
With April's COP21 climate change agreement in place, the world has never been more committed to reducing emissions. GWEC discusses the countries and regions which have made the biggest strides in wind energy since April and which are well positioned to make good progress on tackling their emissions over the next 12 months.
Sandra Arroz Collado, 5MW and 3.3MW blade stress team leader, Gamesa: As blade design sees lengths reach in excess of 100m, material fatigue needs to be watched extremely closely as the stresses on long blades are amplified. We find out how this fatigue is assessed and blades are designed to cope.
Dr Carol Sparling, technical director, SMRU Consulting, University of St Andrews: With the UK a world leader in offshore wind, much has been made over the relatively low impact is has compared with onshore wind farms. However, the potential damage caused to marine life, particularly from acoustic disturbance during piling for the installation of turbines, needs to be addressed. What can be done to mitigate this?
Operations & maintenanceTop
Research by Navigant values the global market for inspecting wind turbines using drones at $6bn a year by 2024, but can UAVs provide the flexibility, cost savings and increased safety over manned inspection that operators are looking for?
No longer confined to wealthy developed countries, wind power is now being actively pursued globally, with more additions to capacity coming from developing nations last year. WWT rounds up the regions which are best placed to capitalise on this from a manufacturing perspective, which regions specialise in what types of wind energy and how they will likely grow over the next decade.
Transport & LogisticsTop
Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore, Siemens Wind Power: With work now well underway at the Green Port Hull project, we find out how Siemens' £130 million investment is being spent and what we can expect from the finished port.
We take a look ahead at the EWEA and AWEA 2017 events and find out what exhibitors and delegates can expect.
P Conkwright, director of quality and EHS, Wind Service America, Siemens: With the rapid development of the wind industry, training methods have had a hard time keeping pace. But the adoption of behavioural-based safety (BBS) could mean that techniques stay one step ahead.