20% Wind Power by 2020: How to Get There and Stay There

443px-DoesburgermolenIssues surrounding the Oil & Gas sector like climate change concerns, high prices and geopolitical uncertainties have forced many countries to seriously focus on alternate sources of energy.

One of the trends in the Energy industry is renewable energy sources—such as solar, wind, and hydro–as their engine of growth.

Already the United States, India, and several European countries have set goals to produce a substantial amount of their electricity using wind energy, making this a truly global phenomenon. For example, the European Union has set their sights on producing 20 percent of their electricity with wind power by 2020.

With this tremendous growth in wind energy, turbine manufacturers have to plan for exponential growth in their throughput. They have to update their manufacturing processes and production facilities to achieve their desired throughput. They have to move toward more automated production facilities and use new technologies like composites and resin transfer molding.

Since this industry is fairly new, it is in an enviable position to adopt cutting edge technologies, without having the weight of legacy data and processes to slow them down.

Wind turbines are the most expensive component of a windmill – costing as much as 75 percent of the total windmill cost.

It is imperative that these Wind piccomponents be produced in the most cost-effective manner possible while maintaining the high quality and demand requirements.

By building the product right the first time in a virtual environment, manufacturers can take the guesswork out of validating their latest product design, manufacturing process and production facility—thereby reducing these costs.

Working in a virtual environment, eliminating the need for physical prototypes, scrap and wastage can be completely eliminated. DELMIA provides for a sustainable manufacturing environment minimizing the impact on the environment, making the world a greener place in more ways than one.

Working together I think we can indeed achieve 20% wind power by 2020, don’t you?

Best,

Karun

P.S. There’s more info on energy in general you mind find useful here:

www.plmv5.com/delmiaenergy

  • Jonathan

    Hi Karun,
    I don’t understand your sentence “Wind turbines are the most expensive component of a windmill – costing as much as 75 percent of the total windmill cost”

    A wind turbine (or more accurately a wind powered turbine) generates electricity from wind, and a windmill mills wheat to make flour.

    Please explain…

  • Jonathan, Thanks for your comment. To clarify my statement: Wind turbines costs can be as high as 75% of an initial setup costs, which includes transportation and installation. This has been the conclusions of many research efforts performed in this area especially on commercial windfarms. Windmills (agricultural and domestic) are also being used to generate power nowadays. This is becoming an increasing popular trend. I could have my power generated by my own windmill in my backyard!