Why the wind energy sector needs PhDs

The rapid growth of the wind energy sector relies on engineering know-how as much as it does on planning and regulatory changes. But the growth of the industry could be stunted if the sector doesn’t get enough doctoral-level graduates able to deliver the innovations needed. Gone are the days that a PhD student spent their days working on entirely theoretical and mathematical models with little thought to real world application. The best contemporary PhD projects are likely already engaged with industry problems. One of the central aspects of all doctoral level research is that it needs to make an original and significant contribution to ‘knowledge’ in the area. For EngD (Engineering doctorate) students working with the energy sector, this means a contribution to furthering the industry.

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Offshore wind market update

Global and Country-Level Market Analyses and Forecasts, Wind Turbine Vendor Market Shares, and Turbine Technology Trends.

The offshore wind energy market represented a record year of activity with over 3.7 GW brought online in 2015. Initial confirmed project commissioning in all global markets shows that offshore wind reached nearly 12 GW of cumulative capacity by the end of 2015, up from 995 MW installed globally in 2014.

The major market driver globally for offshore wind energy is the demand for clean and diversified energy sources from an increasing number of governments. Leading countries in Europe are transitioning to more market-oriented policies that track and fluctuate alongside broader market rates.

Global market forecasts for offshore wind power capacity, segmented by project status and country, extend through 2020. Turbine vendor data is provided, including overall global market shares and more granular installed capacity by country and by wind turbine vendor. Also detailed are average rotor diameters and turbine nameplate ratings by installed year, along with the shifting market share diversification of offshore foundation types. 

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Wind Energy

Wind energy added more new capacity than any other form of power in Europe in 2015.

Across the 28 EU member states, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, connecting a total of 12.8GW to the grid – 9.766MW in onshore and 3,034MW offshore. The volume of new installations was 6.3% up on 2014. Total wind capacity in Europe now stands at 142GW and covers 11.4% of Europe’s electricity needs.




Hydro-Bond Technical Meeting

CPT as one of the partners of the Hydrobond project joined the technical meeting to review the project progress on 4th and 5th of February 2016 in Brussels. The first day was the technical meeting and all the attendants discussed the project from the technical point of view. On second day the project, the activities of all partners, and the proposed plan for coming period were reviewed.

Anti-icing surfaces a hot subject

The research on icephobic surfaces is a growing field attracting much attention due to their significant economic, energy and safety implications. The complex nature of icephobicity, which requires performance in a broad range of icing scenarios, creates many challenges when designing ice-repellent surfaces and different strategies have been proposed.

The recently edited journal “Nature Reviews Materials”, from the Nature Publishing group, features the topic as its first review article denoting the popularity and importance of passive anti-icing surfaces. In their article, the authors review the different strategies proposed to reduce ice-adhesion, superhydrophobic surfaces incorporating micro- or nanoscale roughness, smooth surfaces and surfaces that present a liquid interface. The nature of ice repellency in all environments and the design of robust icephobic surfaces are regarded as two of the main problems to be tackled.

The HYDROBOND project is working in anti-icing surfaces with high durability since the beginning but also in the atomic modelling of the interaction between water molecules and surface atoms.