Vote for the company you think has provided leadership for the wind industry
The year has just begun, but 2018 has a lot to live up to in terms of wind power if it is to grow and best last year’s accomplishments. For instance, the U.S. wind industry installed over 7,000 MW during 2017, says GWEC.
Just click through the pages of this site and you’ll get a sense of the innovation that permeates the wind industry. For instance, it’s getting a good grip on what causes gearbox problems and how to solve them. Improved reliability is driving down the cost of wind-generated power to the point that wind energy is less expensive than gas-generated power. That has caught the eye of many utility CEOs. There is more.
The U.S. the offshore industry has finally launched with more offshore wind farms to begin construction in the coming years. And because U.S. waters are deeper than the North Sea, expect to see a few floating wind turbines. Furthermore, artificial intelligence is making an appearance in O&M work, and one wind operator is already using it to spot bearing problems. Watch for the mention of AI in a lot of wind industry maintenance, particularly when making maintenance more predictive or a robot smart enough to take a wind tech out of harm’s way.
To keep wind-generated power flowing, we at Windpower Engineering & Development know it is important to recognize the leaders that push the industry forward. In the pages that follow, you’ll see the accomplishments of fellow engineers and companies in a range of categories. Your vote for one or more of the companies listed will be recorded on our website through November 2018.
Winners will be recognized in the first issue of 2019.