Wind Energy's New Role in Supplying the World's Energy: What Role Will Structural Health Monitoring Play?

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Abstract

Wind energy installations are leading all other forms of new energy installations in the United States and Europe. In Europe, large wind plants are supplying as much as 25% of Denmark's energy needs and 8% of the electric needs for Germany and Spain, who have more ambitious goals on the horizon. Although wind energy only produces about 2% of the current electricity demand in the United States, the U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with wind industry experts, has drafted a plan that would bring the U.S. installed wind capacity up to 20% of the nation's total electrical supply. To meet these expectations, wind energy must be extremely reliable. Structural health monitoring will play a critical role in making this goal successful.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2009
Event7th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2009 - Stanford, California
Duration: 9 Sep 200911 Sep 2009

Conference

Conference7th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2009
CityStanford, California
Period9/09/0911/09/09

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-46180

Keywords

  • condition monitoring
  • drive trains
  • just-in-time repairs
  • maintenance
  • operational strategies
  • wind turbine gearbox
  • wind turbine monitoring

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