Overview: Challenges in Wind Technology Development

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Developing innovative wind turbine components and advanced turbine configurations is a primary focus for wind technology researchers. In their rush to bring these new components and systems to the marketplace, designers and developers should consider the lessons learned in the wind farms over the past 10 years. Experience has shown that a disciplined design approach is required that realisticallyaccounts for the turbulence-induced loads, unsteady stall loading, and fatigue effects. This paper reviews past experiences and compares current modelling capabilities with experimental measurements in order to identify some of the knowledge gaps that challenge designers of advanced components and systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1991

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-257-4518


  • advanced turbine configurations
  • wind turbine components


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