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Philip TotaroPhilip Totaro is the Founder and CEO of IntelStor, a market research and strategic advisory company focused on renewable energy. He has over 12 years of experience in the power generation industry, having previously worked for General Electric as well as Clipper Windpower. His company has helped cultivate over 600 inventions and has filed over 350 patents. Its strategic market analysis has led to the funding justification for over US$ 600 million in R&D investment and it has provided advice for over US$ 1.8 billion in mergers and acquisitions transactions. He can be contacted at ptotaro  @  intelstor.com.

Offshore Innovation Seeing Lift-off

Technology readiness levelsOffshore wind technology development has seen an explosion in the past six years. Almost 80% of all the innovation and technology development in offshore wind has been undertaken in that time-frame. The result has led to the global surge in deployment and the significant cost reductions that have been recognised.

By Philip Totaro, Founder & CEO, IntelStor

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Consolidation Spurs Wind Innovation Revival

ConsolidationThe slump of innovation investments seen in the wind industry back in 2013 is coming to an end. A healthier global market and replenished coffers have inspired a surge in new technology and product development. The global market downturn saw a 34% drop in patent filings in 2013 versus 2012. That same time frame also saw an industry-wide drop from 5.2 to 2.3% in average research & development (R&D) expenditure as a percentage of revenue. The full breadth of patent filings for 2014 will become public in July of this year,(1) but they appear to be trending upwards, with an 18% improvement over 2013 so far. In the meantime, an evaluation of the R&D spend signals a rebound back up to an industry average of 4.7% of revenue based on analysis of 2015 data.

By Philip Totaro, Founder & CEO, IntelStor

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The future of technology – Services

Components which follow a ‘design for service’ philosophy combined with an increasing reliance upon data analysis will be the driving force behind O&M cost totaro april may 16reductions in the coming years. Sub-components which are integrated into the drivetrain, generator, electrical system or blade offer the ability for weight reduction as well as an improvementon reliability, but typically this level of integration makes service more difficult. Striking the right balance is key and modularisation of sub-components has already been undertaken by proactive OEMs and subcomponent suppliers.

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Power plant control

Philip Totaro 3 SCADA control center of the offshore wind farm BARD Offshore 1There is an emerging need to operate wind parks similar to conventional power plants, so technologies which enable this capability as part of a power plant control (PPC) system will be favoured in the coming years. Certainly, the Internet of Things (IoT) will play an important role as an underlying platform on which the performance and price optimisation of the wind park will be evaluated and achieved.

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The Rise of Asian Innovation

The centre of wind industry innovation is shifting eastwards. Far Eastwards. Increased cash flow among Chinese turbine OEMs has resulted in higher levels of R&D investment. The result is that the quality of innovations is improving, along with the competitiveness of products and service offerings.

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The future of technology – Manufacturing

Manufacturing technology is often overlooked when it comes to wind, but it represents one Totaro 2 source US Department of Energyof the highest impact sectors of innovation in the industry. With the evolution of blade manufacturing from filament-wound technology to SCRIMP and now the almost ubiquitous VARTM process we have seen tremendous improvement in structural stability for blades in the past few years.

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