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Philip TotaroMr Philip Totaro is the founder and CEO of Totaro & Associates, a consulting firm focused on innovation strategy, market research and competitive intelligence, product development and patent search for the wind industry. For Windtech International he writes a column about the future of technology within the wind energy industry. He can be contacted at ptotaro  @  totaro-associates.com.

Renewable Energy Digitalisation Growth Poised to Reap Benefits for the Data Rich

Phillip June 18Digitalisation in renewable energy (RE) is poised to become a major opportunity for revenue growth for OEMs, data analytics companies, and data rich asset owners. The emergence of the RE digital services ecosystem creates a definitive need and opportunity for data-as-a-service (DaaS), which is likely to be a significant revenue driver as part of the overall digital services sector. The market for digital services in RE is likely to grow to US$ 91.7 billion by 2027.
 
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Turbine OEMs with Product Portfolio Diversity are Most Successful in US Wind Market


Philip april mayThe wind market in the USA has seen tremendous growth in recent years, but the market has seen separation between OEMs GE, Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) from the rest of the pack. A key factor which has enabled the success of these three OEMs is the diversity of their product portfolio to serve almost any power density.
 
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Enercon Acquisition of Lagerwey Enables Competitive Product Evolution with PMG Technology

Philip March 18Towards the end of 2017 the news regarding Enercon making an acquisition of fellow direct drive turbine OEM Lagerwey indicated a wind energy market that is still in the process of consolidating. The outcome of this deal will have specific benefits for Enercon as they position themselves for the next 10 years and attempt to regrow their market share and assert their global presence.

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Commercial Value of Data Has Increased Thanks to Digitalisation

Philip jan feb 18Digital content aggregation and data licensing is a well-established business practice for digitally enhanced services in other industries. With the advent of digital transformation in renewable energy, this industry has an opportunity in front of it to share more of the data which companies have amassed on asset performance and health.

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Onshore Wind Turbine Tech to Top Out in Ten Years

philip nov dec 17In ten years the wind energy industry could see an upper limit to onshore turbine technology development reached. Offshore turbines of 12–15MW nameplate rating should be fairly common by then, but can we really expect onshore turbines to approach 10MW? As we continue to push the boundaries of product and technology development, we are likely to find that physical size limits, as well as the limits of the ‘square-cube’ law, put large onshore turbines at a commercially competitive disadvantage.

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Hybrid Materials and 3D Printing Enabling SciFi Wind Turbine Structures

Philip Oct 17A wind turbine nacelle made from structural fabric? A tower made from composites? Blades with metal mesh inserts for structural rigidity? They might not be that far away. The greatest challenge for wind turbine blade structural and manufacturing engineers is to implement the idealised performance and noise-mitigated designs of aerodynamics engineers. Limitations of previous generations of manufacturing technology and the reliance on lower-cost materials have limited the type of spar/shear web structures which could be used.

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