6 Ways to Engage at WINDPOWER 2018

The annual WINDPOWER 2018 conference presented by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has a wide range of events and activities to help attendees learn about the wind power market and make new connections with industry players.

AWEA’s latest U.S. wind market report shows that the U.S. added 2,000 wind turbines to its fleet last year. And, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just released data showing that a total of 1,793 MW of wind generating capacity came online in the first three months of this year. FERC data also show an additional 86 GW of wind power generating capacity could come online by 2021.

Related: U.S. Added 2,000 Wind Turbines in 2017—AI Would Add 2,200 More Today

By the numbers, the U.S. wind power market has incredible growth potential, which will be showcased at WINDPOWER 2018, taking place in Chicago May 7-10.

Here are 6 great ways to learn more about the market and engage at the conference to enhance your experience.

1. Meet the Editor

If you have a specific question about the wind power market or want to talk about wind power trends, you can stop by the Renewable Energy World booth to talk with Chief Editor Jennifer Runyon. She’ll be available on May 8 from 4-5 p.m. at Booth #4944.

2. Discover the Synergies between Offshore Wind and Offshore O&G

Jennifer Runyon will moderate a collaborative lunch and learn on synergies between offshore wind and oil and gas on May 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The collaborative lunch and learn area is located at the back of the exhibit hall near food concessions.

3. Follow the Experts

Get expert insight into the state of the wind power industry from one of the largest wind turbine suppliers in the world, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE). Their leadership will be speaking throughout the conference.

Hear from Mark Albenze, CEO, Service, SGRE, about “Using Actionable Data Insights to Unlock Wind’s True Potential, during the General Session on May 8 at 10 a.m. Later, José Antonio Miranda, CEO, Onshore Americas, SGRE, will address the needs and trends of the U.S. as a panelist of the Large Turbine Manufacturer Forum (4 p.m.). On May 10 at 10:30 a.m., Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore, will delve into “Why Offshore Wind in the U.S. is Important to the Future of the Industry.”

4. Support the Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students from a variety of programs to offer a unique solution to a complex wind energy project.

Events include:

  • Turbine testing May 9-10 in the W375 Ballroom
  • Project presentations May 8, 1:15–4:00 p.m., and May 10, 9–10:15 a.m. on the Collegiate Wind Competition stage in the front of the Exhibition Hall.

Related: 5 Fast Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

5. Dig in Deeper with a Podcast

Mobile communications company Kymeta will be at the conference with its Kymeta antenna showing companies how they can overcome connectivity challenges with its point-to-point solution and solve installation and maintenance problems for facilities managers. Kymeta distributor FMC GlobalSat also will be at the show. Visit their booths and take time to hear from Joe Sullivan with FMC GlobalSat on the communications backbone of renewable energy IoT and how companies can secure their data in the future in our Inside Renewable Energy podcast here.

6. Find the Hot Topics with a Visit to a Vendor

Companies exhibiting at the conference will be addressing a wide range of factors that affect wind farms and the health of wind turbines. Here are just a few of the hot topics you can learn about during the show and where you can find more information:

AI & Drones

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being paired with drones to help reduce wind turbine blade inspection time.

AirFusion will be at available at WINDPOWER to discuss how AI is now performing the analysis of images captured by drones, a process that has traditionally been done manually. The AI technology is allowing companies that use drones to get more accurate results in less time.

Visit AirFusion at booth 2448.

Faster Cable Install

New cabling from General Cable is designed to help reduce installation times for renewable energy projects. General Cable is debuting its EmPowr CL Edge medium-voltage (MV) cable at WINDPOWER.

The company says the EmPowr CL Edge delivers up to 20 percent longer reel lengths, up to 10 percent reduction in diameter and weight, and enables jacket integrity testing in the field.

According to General Cable, EmPowr CL Edge is the first MV cable for renewable energy that combines four of the most effective features in the cable industry for greater efficiency, protection and reliability: 

  1. Compact phase conductor and flat strap neutral conductor 
  2. Two non-hygroscopic rip cords 
  3. Cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) jacketing 
  4. All black semi-conductive polyethylene (SCPE) coating 

Find out more at booth #5331

Secure Descent in an Emergency

With more and more wind turbine technicians in the field, often in remote locations, companies are always working to improve the gear they need to save a life in an emergency.

SkySaver Rescue Ltd. has introduced at WINDPOWER its SkySaver-WT, a simple rescue device designed for use by technicians working on wind turbines and other tall structures, such as cranes.

The SkySaver-WT looks like a backpack and contains a controlled descent device (CDD) that uses a redundant centrifugal- and friction-based braking system to lower a turbine technician to the ground at a comfortable two meters per second. The CDD is designed to function under extreme conditions, and the SkySaver-WT does not require advanced training.

Check out the SkySaver-WT at booth #1718.

All Things Digital

Digital advancements in wind power tech are around every corner these days, improving every facet of the industry with the smallest of edge devices all the way to full-integrated system solutions.

ABB has its entire digital portfolio on display at WINDPOWER.

The company’s Ability-based offerings include a range of real-time network control, asset management, and portfolio planning solutions, such as:

  • Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) solutions can provide increased asset utilization and productivity, as well as reduce operating costs
  • Network Manager Generation Management System (GMS) centralizes wind turbine management as a singular system to monitor, control and analyze the wind farm portfolio regardless of model or brand.
  • ABB Ability Ellipse connected asset life cycle management (CALM) solution enables wind operators and utilities to optimize asset utilization, drive down maintenance costs and reduce equipment failures and system outages.

ABB will also display digital electrical drivetrain solutions that enable real-time asset monitoring and data analysis of the generator, converter and transformer.

Visit ABB at booth #2212.

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