97 per cent of the world’s installed wind energy capacity of roughly 432,419 MW is provided by wind turbines installed on land. Onshore is the bread and butter of the industry, despite the fact that increasing numbers of ever bigger wind turbines are conquering the seas.
Since onshore wind turbines and components have more or less reached technical maturity, the current innovation focus for production and operation is on reducing costs. The advancements achieved in this respect will be demonstrated by leading wind turbine manufacturers at WindEnergy Hamburg from 27 to 30 September 2016. The world’s leading trade fair for wind energy expects more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing their novelties on an exhibition floor covering 65,000 square metres across nine fair halls. This year for the first time, the conference of WindEurope will be held in parallel with WindEnergy Hamburg.
Leading turbine and component suppliers will at WindEnergy explain about their latest onshore product offerings all with a focus at further driving down lifecycle generating costs (LCOE). A second Hamburg main exhibitor focus is at new products and solutions for low and medium wind speed markets, including some of the latest 4MW-range platforms with matching 140-metre+ rotor diameters. Meeting specific demands for complex forested sites is another application area for these turbines offering new tower concepts and hub heights up to 160 m.
Suppliers including Enercon and Vestas have developed wide-base tubular steel towers with segmented bottom sections for easier road transportation and on-site final assembly. New cost-effective concrete-steel towers and optimized installation techniques serve similar market demands. Low-noise allows higher installation density in populated areas, increasingly a sales success factor. Wind power grid integration is finally a hot wind industry topic too at WindEnergy.
Source: WindEnergy Hamburg