Businesses are seeing means of speeding up projects with multiple implementation methods and the use of virtual design and development tools. The companies also partner with the industry to identify the most reliable ways to install and introduce HVDC converter stations and transmission lines and implement smart grid technology supporting remote generation.

FREMONT, CA: As a competitive source of clean energy, the wind industry has started to grow around. It is a favorite of power utilities due to its low production cost and cleaner footprint. Looking ahead, as the electricity generation mix begins to witness dramatic transition, service providers for the energy sector sees many vital developments that will influence the wind industry and power sector over the next five years; a few include:

Large Platform Turbines

With manufacturers currently selling up to 5MW and 6MW platforms, the wind industry sees a substantial shift towards larger turbines. These newer, larger turbines will assist power manufacturers in more places and make wind economical. However, there are significant impacts on the architecture, implementation processes, building timeline, and costs due to the total dimensions, which must be weighed to assess widescale feasibility.  Preparing a site for larger turbines adds time and resources to projects, and when allowing project sites for development, including corridors and construction zones, developers need to prepare for those needs properly.

Cost fluctuations can be managed by hiring an EPC company early on to mitigate turbine positions with substantial cut/fill requirements, refine supply paths, understand geotechnical factors to eliminate cost volatility and develop mitigation plans.

Transmission

The provision of transmission and power delivery facilities is one of the main limits to the growth of wind and solar energy expansion. There is an ongoing need for utilities to continuously construct infrastructure in different and distant areas to keep up with the number of renewable energy projects coming online. Around the same time, when electricity supply and consumption have morphed, the US energy grid is facing greater restrictions. Businesses are seeing means of speeding up projects with multiple implementation methods and the use of virtual design and development tools. The companies also partner with the industry to identify the most reliable ways to install and introduce HVDC converter stations and transmission lines and implement smart grid technology supporting remote generation.