Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


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

Date Accepted

October 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts