Wind energy technologies, which harness energy from wind, are growing remarkably in previous years as a result of decreasing installation and operating costs. It plays a major role in the Energy Transition, especially that both installed capacity and usage are growing rapidly and remote, offshore wind farms are seen to offer tremendous potential for electricity generation.
In areas with high and regular winds, wind energy is an extremely efficient renewable energy source. From small-scale turbines to supersized offshore plants, technological developments and innovations relevant to wind energy are necessary to reach the full potential for wind power in our future electricity system, and make wind power even more cost effective.
Given its huge growth potential and critical role in the Energy Transition, this month’s spotlight is on Wind Energy Technologies. We have compiled a list featuring 9 innovative Wind Energy Technologies that include tools and hardware that either directly convert wind into energy or are key in doing so. Here you will find novel technologies that are in testing phase with key industry players as well as proven ones that have already been deployed in operational environments.
AWES-Airborne wind energy system | Bringing wind power to a higher level
Unlike conventional wind turbines, a Kitepower system does not require resource-intensive towers or heavy foundations and Is thus easy to transport and deploy. Low-cost design and can easily be upgraded with time.
Freshwater Mill | Freshwater and electricity with one windmill
Wind-driven water desalination technology can be used for seawater, produced water, or brackish groundwater desalination. Hydraulic wind turbines with high conversion efficiency provides pressure for water desalination, and excess energy can be used for pumping the water, or for electricity generation.
Air Edge | Reducing the impact of extreme weather conditions on wind turbines
Ogab ®’s innovative system works by utilising custom-designed air nozzles and pipes across the wind turbine blades to create a protective layer of air over the blade’s surfaces. Air Edge not only protects against erosion, it also helps to prolong the lifespan of the blades and reduce costly maintenance and downtime.
WES Wind Energy Technology | Small and Mid-sized wind turbine projects and solutions
Designed in 1980, and developed for more than 35 years, WES wind energy technology is the best concept for blade pitch for mid sized wind turbines. With the result that the WES wind turbine suffers less wear and enjoys a longer life expectancy in the comparison with other turbines.
Ventifoil | A solution for harnessing wind to save fuel in shipping
Econowind manufactures Ventifoil for the shipping industry. The Ventifoils enable ships fitted with them to save fuel by utilising the wind. Econowind offers three configurations of Ventifoil; Container, Flatrack and Retrofit.
Balmoral FibreFlex™ | Patented offshore wind cable protection system
Unique offshore wind cable protection solution that is designed to provide maximum performance for life or field installations. The patented fibre-reinforced system mechanically locks to the end connectors removing the need to rely on PU bonding, which is notoriously unpredictable, while providing market-leading strain and stiffness levels that are unachievable using traditional solid PU manufacturing methods.
EnergyPod | Clean alternative to diesel gensets
Transportable, autonomous energy container- The EnergyPod. The EnergyPod is a compact wind and solar-driven electrical generator that is durable, safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.
MarineMatts| Carbon Negative Subsea Protection
Marinecrete Mattresses (Marinematts) are pre-cast eco-friendly low/negative CO2 concrete structures that protect man made subsea assets whilst enhancing the marine environment due to their cavities, pH and surface texture. Marinematts are designed to become the de facto standard for protecting cables, pipelines and monopiles due to their massive CO2 saving, the potential life cycle cost saving and nature inclusive design benefits.
Sustainable Braking | Active cooling for wind turbine brake systems
The patented Ogab Susainable Braking system prevents critical wind turbine failures due to fires and significantly reduces maintenance costs and operational downtime. Its innovative active cooling technology prevents heat escalation in the braking system to increase safety levels and reliability whilst extending the lifespan of system components.
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10 Most Visited Technologies in 2021
TechnologyCatalogue.com welcomed a three-fold increase in the number of unique users visiting the website in 2021. This growth was largely driven by a rise in organic traffic, which means they found the platform via search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Most page views recorded on the platform are on technology pages, which clearly shows users visiting the website are mostly interested in technologies on the platform. To give you an idea of what technologies are popular on the platform, below is a list of the 10 Most Visited Technologies in 2021, in no particular order.
Hydrogen Production, Storage and Power Generation Technologies
Hydrogen is gaining momentum these days given its huge potential as a clean energy solution. In fact, the International Energy Association (IEA) has recently released a report which looks at hydrogen as a key piece in the puzzle towards decarbonisation. As the IEA notes: “using low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia in fossil fuel power plants can play an important role to help ensure electricity security in clean energy transitions.”
As such, we are highlighting hydrogen production, storage and power generation technologies on the platform for this month’s Technologies in the Spotlight. In this list, you will find novel and proven technologies with technology readiness levels ranging from 7 to 9.
Safety Technologies for Facilities
Creating and maintaining a safe work environment is an utmost priority for every industrial organisation. And in securing compliance to health and safety standards in facilities management, deploying the right technologies plays a key role.
So for September’s Technologies in the Spotlight, we are featuring 11 amazing technologies that can improve, if not transform, health and safety standards in your company’s facilities.