Wind Energy Challenges and Accelerating Adoption with CAE Simulation
According to McKinsey, in 2020, 27% of global primary energy generation came from renewable technologies (wind, solar, tidal and hydro). By 2050 this is expected, and indeed needs, to rise to 73% so that many countries move towards sustainability targets. In order to fulfil these ambitious objectives, wind turbines need to have a considerable installation growth and increased power generation capacity and efficiency – requirements which lead to amplified technical and commercial challenges.
In terms of technical challenges, despite very large wind turbine size and the harsh environment for wind operation, the industry is demanding a minimum lifetime of around 25 years for modern developments, expanding to 35 operational years with the use of life extension strategies. High electricity productivity and acceptable acoustic behaviours are also key for efficient and environmentally friendly installations.
In terms of commercial challenges, whilst wind energy is a great renewable energy source conventional sources still possess a considerable market share. To become more competitive, a focus on developing more robust and efficient products with very good operation and maintenance strategy is essential. In summary, in order to further improve the applicability for wind energy, we need to lower the levelised cost of wind energy and improve their reliability.
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