The rapid growth and evolving technologies are creating new challenges and opportunities throughout the supply chain. Equipment must withstand harsher conditions, be maintenance-free, and last longer. All of this puts even greater pressure on sealing and hydraulic systems, and they must be designed and engineered with a comprehensive understanding of the material challenges they will face during installation and use.
It is not just that there are more installations. Offshore wind turbines also are getting bigger themselves. A lot bigger.
Offshore wind turbine (Wikimedia).
The average capacity of offshore units more than tripled from 1.6 MW in 2000 to 5.5 MW in 2018. In the last two years alone the average size of an offshore turbine has jumped to 10 MW, while new installations planned through 2025 and 2030 are expected to average 12 MW and as much as 15 to 20 MW, respectively, IRENA projects.
The reason for the trend comes down to economies of scale. The incremental cost of increasing the size of a turbine is much less than adding multiple smaller installations with the same combined capacity. This reduces overall costs to help make offshore wind energy more competitive with traditional fossil fuel sources.
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Hydraulic Repair for Wind Turbines
As wind power grows in popularity, there will be an increase in the demand for repair and maintenance of wind turbine components, especially the moving parts in the turbine. We are committed to maintaining our status as an independent hydraulic repair facility, and we have expanded our services to the wind energy market.
Not only do we provide the expertise you are looking for, but we also provide flexible service options that will suit your needs — and your budget. Although we are located in Wooster, Ohio, we provide our services worldwide, so no matter where you are located, our entire team is ready and waiting to serve you. All you need to do is give us a call at 800-800-6971 or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.