- Published: 27 February 2018 27 February 2018
On 6 and 7 February 2018, the 10th Winterwind International Wind Energy Conference was organised by the Swedish Windpower Association in Åre, Sweden. Winterwind is an annual conference dedicated to the development and deployment of wind energy systems in areas which are prone to cold climate effects, such as accretion of ice on blades, lubrication problems of gearboxes, ice throw, aerodynamic and mechanical imbalances caused by icing, etc. When dealing with wind energy in cold climates it is essential to distinguish between two types of cold climate issues: very low temperatures combined with dry air on the one hand, and ‘not so low’ temperatures combined with various types of ice build-up on rotors and sensors depending on the water content of the atmosphere on the other hand.
By Jos Beurskens, SET Analysis, the Netherlands