Following the iNEMI Alternative Energy Workshop, we held conference calls with workshop participants to review the technology needs identified in the workshop and determine the key priorities for follow-up collaborative efforts. The group decided to focus on two areas:
Wind system reliability: delivering improvements in mean time between trip/failure. After discussion, this was expended to include solar since many of the electronics subsystems (e.g. inverters, controllers, etc.) may have common reliability challenges (e.g. electrolytic capacitors).
Address the lack of truly high-voltage and high-temperature capabilities that enable much more efficient wind system designs.
We are now working to develop collaborative projects in these two areas.
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