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Electric Components for the Wind Industry

To achieve 20% electricity from wind in the US, the industry would require a major scale-up in annual wind power installations. This installation rate would need to gradually increase from around 8,500 megawatts (MW) in 2008 to more than 16,000 MW of new wind capacity each year by 2018, and continue at roughly that rate through 2030. The job of converting wind into mechanical, and mechanical into electrical, energy poses substantial challenges on a large scale. A single modern utility-scale wind turbine capable of producing between 1 and 3 MW of power is a sophisticated, highly-precise machine with extreme requirements for temperature, humidity, weight, mechanical stress and vibration.

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Date Of Record Release 2011-04-11 15:50:54
Description To achieve 20% electricity from wind in the US, the industry would require a major scale-up in annual wind power installations. This installation rate would need to gradually increase from around 8,500 megawatts (MW) in 2008 to more than 16,000 MW of new wind capacity each year by 2018, and continue at roughly that rate through 2030. The job of converting wind into mechanical, and mechanical into electrical, energy poses substantial challenges on a large scale. A single modern utility-scale wind turbine capable of producing between 1 and 3 MW of power is a sophisticated, highly-precise machine with extreme requirements for temperature, humidity, weight, mechanical stress and vibration.
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Source American Wind Energy Association
Keyword Wind energy
Selector Selection Committee
Date Of Record Creation 2010-02-19 18:58:41
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Date Last Modified 2011-04-11 15:50:54
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2011-04-11 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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