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The current status of wind power

The current status of wind power

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At the beginning of 2020, wind power capacity worldwide exceeded approximately 650 GW, covering less than 5% of the global electricity demand. This current global wind power capacity is enough to power more than 400 million average houses. The International Renewable Energy Agency projects that wind will generate approximately 35% of the total required electricity by 2050. Technological developments in towers, foundations, rotors, and drivetrains will enable this accelerated expansion of the wind industry. After presenting a brief on the current state of these significant wind energy technology pillars, the chapter lays out the various topics that the present book covers.

Chapter Contents:

  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 History of wind power harvesting
  • 1.3 Current installed wind capacity
  • 1.4 Current status of rotors
  • 1.4.1 Rotor shape modification through bio-mimicry
  • 1.4.2 Dual rotor Design
  • 1.4.3 Addition of complimentary components to wind turbines
  • 1.4.4 Rotor blade life and post-life management
  • 1.5 Current status of towers
  • 1.6 Current status of offshore foundations
  • 1.7 Current status of drive trains
  • 1.8 Advances in utility-scale wind turbines and wind farms
  • 1.8.1 Aerodynamics of wind turbines and wind farms
  • 1.8.2 Field data collection and control of wind turbines and wind farms
  • 1.8.3 Addressing the environmental issues
  • 1.8.4 Addressing the intermittency issue
  • 1.8.5 Offshore wind
  • References

Inspec keywords: electricity supply industry; wind power plants; wind power

Other keywords: International Renewable Energy Agency; global electricity demand; wind power capacity; wind industry; wind energy technology pillars; power 650.0 GW

Subjects: Power system management, operation and economics; Wind power plants

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