Think-tank boss: Turbines need to get smarter for sector to progress

The future of onshore wind power will be technologically driven — but not in the way many think — as the industry angles to get more from the resource it already has, according to Henning Kruse.

The chairman of EU industry think-tank TPWind and director of governmental affairs at Siemens Wind, expects turbines to continue to grow in physical size and power, but is betting that intelligent wind-sensing technology will come on strongly over the next few years.

Along with “active” wind measurement concepts such as turbine-mounted Lidar — laser-powered systems that “read” incoming wind flow — and spinner anenometers that measure directional air speeds in the flow above the nose cone, Kruse reckons “passive” technologies, such as adaptive rotor-blade trailing edges Log in to read complete article.

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