Ault, Holly Keyes
Hanlan, James P.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Over the last decade, the wind energy industry has experienced many changes. The goal of this Interactive Qualifying Project was to conduct a technology roadmap analysis to assess the past development and potential future trends of the wind industry. A technology roadmap revealed the areas to focus improvements on and the gaps that existed within specific turbine component fields. The project focused on the blades, drive train and tower of a utility scale horizontal wind turbine. The improvements in these fields need to be focused on new materials, design, and computational models. In conclusion, we recommend the promotion of collaboration between the different sectors of the wind industry and to improve computational modeling of the wind turbine components.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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