Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 571–584, 2021

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 571–584, 2021
Research article
23 Apr 2021
Research article | 23 Apr 2021

Reducing cost uncertainty in the drivetrain design decision with a focus on the operational phase

Freia Harzendorf et al.

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Making wind turbines more reliable over their lifetime is an important goal for improving wind turbine technology. The wind turbine drivetrain has a major influence on turbine reliability. This paper presents an approach that will help to identify holistically better drivetrain concepts in an early product design phase from an operational perspective as it is able to estimate and assess drivetrain-concept-specific inherent risks in the operational phase.