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Wind turbine drivetrain innovations and product development

Wednesday, 16 March
14:00 - 18:00
Room 1102A, Brussels Expo


Event overview

This seminar provided delegates with an understanding of the full product development life-cycle processes, new technologies and areas of advanced product innovation that are likely to be critical in reducing the cost and increasing the reliability of energy derived from wind power.

Along with guest speakers, Ricardo presented on the following topics:

  • Product development processes
  • Advanced Wind drivetrain solutions
  • Component innovation
  • Drivetrain design and development approaches
  • The increasing role of drivetrain test-rigs

The seminar was directed towards all those involved in designing and developing next generation wind turbine drivetrains, and those (such as operators and investors) who want to understand how innovation and the improvements in the design and development processes will increase confidence in the reliability of new turbines and therefore the robustness of their business case.

Ricardo is a leading provider of technology, product innovation and strategic consulting and is rapidly developing its wind energy business with particular focus on the areas of product development improvements and advanced drivetrain concepts.


14:00 -

Welcome and introduction
Paul Jordan, Market Sector Director - Clean Energy, Ricardo UK

14:10 -

Drivetrain PD processes - what can wind learn from other industries?
Simon Arbuthnot, Principal & Peter Hughes, Head of Energy Practice, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

14:30 -

End-user requirements - what do utilities need from a wind turbine drivetrain?
Jesper Knoester, Eneco, Netherlands

14:50 -

Future wind drivetrain roadmap - new architectures, technologies & demands
Giles Hundleby, Project Director - Clean Energy, Ricardo UK

15:10 -

Role of large drivetrain test-rigs
Claus-Kurt Christensen, Acting CTO, Lindoe Offshore Renewables Centre, Denmark

15:30 -

Open discussion: Challenges in wind turbine drivetrains and product development
Chair: Paul Jordan, Market Sector Director - Clean Energy, Ricardo UK

Topics covered:

  • Questions and answers from the day's presentations
  • Product development processes improvement
  • Advanced wind drivetrain solutions
  • Component innovation in wind drivetrains
  • Drivetrain design and development approaches
  • The increasing role and requirements of drivetrain test-rigs

16:30 - 17:00

Informal coffee and opportunity to discuss further with the presenters and the Ricardo team

 For further information on this event, please contact Tobias Drews: Tobias.Drews(at)ricardo.com


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