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05 June 2020
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Features

Not in my backyard
Wind farms are lauded by environmentalists as clean, reliable sources of electricity. Many local communities, however, would rather the turbines be sited as far away from their homes as possible. Michael Shaw talks to Dr Jacob Ladenburg, a senior researcher at the Rockwool Foundation, and Dr Sandra Sulsky, a consultant epidemiologist with the Ramboll Group, about the fractious relationship that can develop between those who install wind turbines and the people who live nearby.

The oncoming storm
As chief technology officer at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Antonio de la Torre is leading the company’s digital transformation, and research and development strategy. He talks to Tim Gunn about the advances changing the face of the wind industry, the digital innovation under way at Siemens Gamesa and the challenges of staying cutting edge.

The trouble with transport
The logistical effort involved in transporting items with the size and complexity of wind turbines is vast, involving specialised vehicles, equipment and technicians. This is compounded in a country as big as the US, where onshore turbines have to travel significant distances through varied and challenging terrain, and across state lines. Grace Allen hears about these challenges from Michele Mihelic, senior director of asset management and standards development at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Out of the blue
A recent report has demonstrated that $8.5 billion is spent annually on unplanned repairs to onshore components. Laura Gray explores the factors that can lead to unexpected failures in both the onshore and offshore sectors, and the methods, such as the use of digital technologies, which can be employed to mitigate these occurrences.

Floating in the wind
Floating wind projects are under development around the world, opening up opportunities for wind power in areas of deep water. Will Moffitt talks to Stephen Bull, Equinor’s senior vice-president for wind and low-carbon development, and Marc Costa, director of the Renewables Consulting Group, about the potential it offers in the global shift to renewable energy.


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