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World Outlook

Wind power is a hot topic in Kenya. A 100MW onshore development has been announced, supplementing existing facilities, as the country looks to meet its Vision 2030 goals by focusing on renewable energy. Deo Onyango, regional executive of onshore wind Sub-Saharan Africa for GE Renewable Energy, and Karin Ohlenforst at GWEC discuss the current and future state of development in the region.

Big Interview

Former Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has accepted a nomination to sit on Vestas’ board. In an exclusive interview, we hear about her long-standing commitment to renewable energy and future plans to promote the sector.

Events

Denmark is a world leader in wind power and so makes an outstanding location for the 2019 WindEurope Offshore Conference and Exhibition, which takes place in Copenhagen in November. We look ahead to the event and the pioneering developments it promises to showcase.

The Husum Wind trade fair is set to take place in September, and will provide a focus on the strong German market as well as featuring speakers and exhibitors from around the world. The event highlights innovation and will also offer experts’ perspective on the industry and the impact of trends in politics and business.

Manufacturing

Wind power is a valuable source of green energy – but how green is the production of the turbines themselves? We speak to Eva Topham of the University of Strathclyde and Dr Sameer Rahatekar of Cranfield University about how wind turbines can be manufactured to heighten sustainability throughout their lifecycle.

Onshore

Wind farms have long been considered detrimental to wildlife, particularly birds and bats, but efforts to negate their effects are being facilitated by new methods of data collection and analysis. We discuss with Abby Arnold, executive director of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), the interaction between wind farms and fauna and approaches the industry can take to prevent harm through the technologically advanced employment of data.

Technology

Artificial intelligence can make the wind industry smarter. Here, we focus on its capability to monitor and accurately forecast weather patterns. Anders Vedel, CTO of Vestas Wind Systems, outlines innovation in this area and its potential for both the development of new wind farms and the optimisation of existing facilities.

Operations and Maintenance

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to offer significant advantages to offshore wind maintenance, with sensors able to provide constant data on the functioning of a turbine. We talk to César Yanes, project coordinator of the ROMEO Project – an industry-led consortium devoted to developing technological solutions to reduce offshore O&M costs – about the use of IoT to move from corrective to condition-based maintenance.

Offshore

Subsea cables are vital to the offshore industry, but can be vulnerable to damage: a 2017 GCube report highlighted the high proportion of financial losses caused by cable issues. We talk to Rory Shanahan of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator about the causes of cable failure – including third party incidents and installation error – and discuss the ways these risks can be mitigated.

Health and Safety

Lightning strikes can cause huge damage to offshore turbines, particularly to blades, and is also a key safety concern for crews. With Gregorio Acero, global head of QM&HSE at Siemens Gamesa, we discuss the dangers turbines face from lightning, and consider the key methods and technologies used to predict and monitor lightning and the procedures to keep crew safe.



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