Review Article

Review of Wind Turbine Research in 21st Century

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Ryoichi S. Amano

Life Fellow ASME
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
115 E. Reindl Way,
Glendale, WI 53212
e-mail: amano@uwm.edu

Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received August 21, 2017; final manuscript received August 22, 2017; published online September 11, 2017. Editor: Hameed Metghalchi.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 139(5), 050801 (Sep 11, 2017) (8 pages) Paper No: JERT-17-1454; doi: 10.1115/1.4037757 History: Received August 21, 2017; Revised August 22, 2017

Wind energy is a well proven and cost-effective technology and expected to be a promising technology in which industry responds to the environmental targets—so becoming an important source of power generation in years to come. This paper focuses on the current status of wind energy and more advanced subjects needed to understand the current technology in the wind power engineering.

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Global cumulative installed wind capacity 2001–2016 [3]. Permission granted by Lasma Livzeniece of GWEC.

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U.S. wind map [7]. Permission granted by Nate Blair of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Comparison of turbine blades with major aircrafts

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Microstructure of vascular tube reinforcement [11]

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Tubercle wind turbine blade [18]

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Wind farm photo in Edwards Air Force Base

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Wind farm on complex terrain [27]

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Lens wind turbine of Kyushu University

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Floating wind turbine station [34]. Permission granted by GWEC.

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Floating wind turbines developed by Professor Y. Ohya's group at Kyushu University [36]

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Floating wind turbine [1]

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De-icing technology. Permission granted by GWEC.

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Heating element for de-icing [39,40]




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