Technology from the Windicator

Wind turbines continue to get bigger and incorporate innovative ideas for increasing energy yield. Indicative of wind's growing role in power supply, provision of transmission is now a major issue -- when and where does it pay to invest in line upgrades? System operators also worry that increasing volumes of wind are a potential source of grid instability, not because of the variability of the wind, but because large numbers of machines might trip out in response to a grid fault. Debate is fierce on whether new grid codes are too stringent, but is leading to more sophisticated generators and control systems in wind turbines.

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