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Turbine OEMs seek mega-benefits from standardisation

Fri 12 Oct 2018 by David Foxwell

Turbine OEMs seek mega-benefits from standardisation
Standardisation of components and systems could help to continue to drive down costs, turbine OEMs believe

Three of the world’s largest turbine manufacturers have developed a list of components and systems they believe could be standardised to drive innovation and reduce costs in the installation and O&M phases of windfarms.

The components and systems have been identified by Siemens Gamesa, Vestas and MHI Vestas working in unison with Megavind, a strategic partnership in the Danish wind industry in which industry, academia and government meet and work together to chart a course for wind energy R&D, testing and demonstration.

The ‘hot list’ the turbine manufacturers have identified will be launched at this year’s Wind Energy Denmark event, which brings together Danish and international industry to discuss innovation, technology development and collaboration between the industry and the world of research. The event takes place 30-31 October 2018.

“The industry needs to find common ground on future cost reduction,” said the Danish Wind Industry Association. “This calls for communication, co-ordination and collaboration between all of the stakeholders in the industry – utilities, OEMs, suppliers and research institutions.

“Vestas, Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas have taken up this challenge and defined areas which are ‘core’ and ‘non-core.’”

The hot list will be presented by MHI Vestas chief technology officer Torben Hvid Larsen on the first day of Wind Energy Denmark.

“There is a strong focus on closer collaboration between manufacturers and suppliers. In launching this list Wind Energy Denmark invites industry to prioritise collaboration across the value chain and take the next steps in realising cost reduction,” he said, noting that he expects the list will prompt innovation projects in the next 2-3 years.

“For cost reduction potential to be fully utilised, industry and the research world must follow a common research and innovation strategy that ensures a joint focus on the specific areas of greatest potential and the ‘easy pickings’ in terms of reducing the levelised cost of energy,” the Danish association said.

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