Blog: Why Offshore Wind Farms Are Driving Product Innovation
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Advances in technology mean it’s now possible
Due to the rise in competition from low cost companies in the Far East, industry prices are continuing to fall, potentially impacting the quality of the product, and the manufacturer’s reputation. This, combined with the rise in demand, has increased the importance of companies investing in research and development in-house.
To take advantage of the best geographical locations, engineers are constantly developing new technology to help place turbines at greater distances from the coast. Clearly, these locations make accessing the turbines for regular maintenance difficult, with some companies planning helicopter support and even offshore-based working to keep on top of the checks.
As the distance from the shore increases, weather and sea conditions can impact maintenance work, as harsh winds and waves can obstruct any journey to the machinery. The components in the turbine will also need to be able to withstand the harsher environment, or else require more regular checks and repairs.
These factors can increase the already high operation and maintenance costs, which stand at 25-30