Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges for Tall Wind Turbine and Tower Technologies

Eric Lantz, Joseph Roberts, Katherine Dykes

Research output: NRELPresentation


This presentation summarizes recent analysis focused on characterizing the opportunity for Tall Wind technologies generally and for tall tower technologies specifically. It seeks to illuminate and explain the concept of Tall Wind, its impact on the wind industry to date, and the potential value of Tall Wind in the future. It also explores the conditions and locations under which the impacts of Tall Wind offer the most significant potential to increase wind technology performance. In addition, it seeks to examine the status of tall tower technology as a key sub-component of Tall Wind, focusing on the potential for continued innovation in tubular steel wind turbine towers and the status and potential for a select set of alternative tall tower technologies.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePresented at the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2017 Conference & Exhibition, 22-25 May 2017, Anaheim, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-68732


  • innovation
  • renewable energy
  • tall towers
  • Tall Wind
  • wind energy
  • wind technology


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