Future emerging technologies in the wind power sector: A European perspective

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  • Author: J. Watson, Simon

    Delft University of Technology

  • Author: Moro, Alberto

    European Commission

  • Author: Reis, Vera

    European Commission

  • Author: Baniotopoulos, Charalampos

    University of Birmingham

  • Author: Barth, Stephan


  • Author: Bartoli, Gianni

    University of Florence

  • Author: Bauer, Florian

    Technical University of Munich

  • Author: Boelman, Elisa

    European Commission

  • Author: Bosse, Dennis

    RWTH Aachen University

  • Author: Cherubini, Antonello

    University of Pisa

  • Author: Croce, Alessandro

    Politecnico di Milano

  • Author: Fagiano, Lorenzo

    Politecnico di Milano

  • Author: Fontana, Marco

    Università di Trento

  • Author: Gambier, Adrian

    Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology

  • Author: Gkoumas, Konstantinos

    European Commission

  • Author: Golightly, Christopher

  • Author: Latour, Mikel Iribas

    National Renewable Energy Center

  • Author: Jamieson, Peter

    University of Strathclyde

  • Author: Kaldellis, John

    University of West Attica

  • Author: MacDonald, Andrew S.

    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

  • Author: Murphy, Jimmy

    University College Cork

  • Author: Muskulus, Michael

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology

  • Author: Petrini, Francesco

    Sapienza - Università di Roma

  • Author: Pigolotti, Luca

    University of Florence

  • Author: Rasmussen, Flemming

    Aerodynamic design, Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  • Author: Schild, Philippe

    European Commission

  • Author: Schmehl, Roland

    Delft University of Technology

  • Author: Stavridou, Nafsika

    University of Birmingham

  • Author: Tande, John

    European Commission

  • Author: Taylor, Nigel

    European Commission

  • Author: Telsnig, Thomas

    European Commission

  • Author: Wiser, Ryan


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This paper represents an expert view from Europe of future emerging technologies within the wind energy sector considering their potential, challenges, applications and technology readiness and how they might evolve in the coming years. These technologies were identified as originating primarily from the academic sector, some start-up companies and a few larger industrial entities. The following areas were considered: airborne wind energy, offshore floating concepts, smart rotors, wind-induced energy harvesting devices, blade tip-mounted rotors, unconventional power transmission systems, multi-rotor turbines, alternative support structures, modular high voltage direct current generators, innovative blade manufacturing techniques, diffuser-augmented turbines and small turbine technologies. The future role of advanced multiscale modelling and data availability is also considered. This expert review has highlighted that more research will be required to realise many of these emerging technologies. However, there is a need to identify synergies between fundamental and industrial research by correctly targeting public and private funding in these emerging technology areas as industrial development may outpace more fundamental research faster than anticipated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number109270
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2019
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI

    Research areas

  • Emerging technology, Renewable energy, Technology readiness level, Wind energy, Wind power

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