Renewable energy has grown significantly in the United States and around the world during the last decade. Renewable energy now represents approximately 20% of the energy production in North America. Compared with traditional sources of energy, the risks associated with renewable energy are relatively low, but incidents such as wind turbine collapses, battery storage fires and hurricane strikes on solar panels have serious consequences which must be addressed. As the renewable energy portfolio continues to grow, the absolute number of failures will grow as well.
This webinar will offer an overview of the largest failures seen to date in wind power, solar power and energy storage, along with a discussion of their prevalence, common causes and options for mitigation.
The presenter will be Sally Wright, the Principal Wind Turbine Engineer at DNV GL’s Renewable Advisory Group, where she specializes in wind turbine reliability due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. With more than 30 GW of wind power due diligence under her belt, Sally has climbed modern wind turbine platforms all over the world and she brings to bear 19 years of experience in wind power and more than 25 years of broad experience in renewable energy, energy conservation and power system controls. Sally joined DNV GL (then Garrad Hassan) in 2008, where she led North American due diligence work related to wind turbine technology. Before transitioning to the wind industry in 2001, she designed, managed and commissioned steam turbine generators around the world. Sally holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.