Parts of the world with incredible wind energy potential have long been inaccessible to wind farms. But with the completion of the first offshore wind farm built to withstand ice-prone conditions, the industry has clearly evolved.
When it comes to cold-weather climates, wind farm designers face a variety of concerns, notably the impact of low temperatures on the turbines and the collection of ice on the turbines and snow.
When the industry first began, developers knew the consequences of ice accumulation. That’s why the very first wind farm was located on Grandpa’s Knob in Rutland, Vermont. They selected this particular mountain despite more elevated ones being available precisely because they wanted to avoid the possibility of structural failure.
Today, things have changed. At the end of summer 2017, Finland wind power production company Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy took over the country’s Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm.
The project began in 2016, with a second phase launched in April 2017. Ultimately, ten 4.2MGw turbines — designed to cope with the rough, cold and icy Finnish winters — were installed ahead of schedule.
“All of the parties have done everything possible to make this project a success,” says Toni Sulameri, managing director of Suomen Hyötytuul.
And the company doesn’t plan on stopping there.
“Suomen Hyötytuuli now has a ready concept for planning and building offshore wind power on an industrial scale,” said board chairman Tuomo Kantola. “(We) and (our) partners have significantly increased offshore windpower knowledge in the Baltic Sea and enabled offshore energy production on an industrial scale.”
And not only turbines are evolving. Technological advances in other key areas, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are being used to help the industry. According to stakeholders, UAVs are now a critical and proven part of maintenance inspections and surveys. Continue reading about wind energy and its future.
Source: Oil Price