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Offshore wind: A systems engineering re-think, London

6 January, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Re-thinking offshore wind.
Re-thinking offshore wind.

About this event

These design lock-ins include: that the wind turbine should be supported on a fixed-orientation tower, that the wind turbine should be coupled directly (or via a gearbox) to a generator so that electrical power output is necessarily proportional to rotor power input, and that the wind turbine rotor should not incorporate bracing.

The presenter argues that taking a step back to consider a broader view is essential.

This talk will expose some quantitative thinking to support that thesis – looking at what might be gained by adopting turbine supports that do not use slender towers, by devising schemes wherein energy is collected in a form that is intrinsically compatible with energy storage, and by equipping rotors with cable bracing such that much larger rotors are viable.

Event materials

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