Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
Research article
07 Jun 2023
Research article |  | 07 Jun 2023

Grand challenges in the digitalisation of wind energy

Andrew Clifton, Sarah Barber, Andrew Bray, Peter Enevoldsen, Jason Fields, Anna Maria Sempreviva, Lindy Williams, Julian Quick, Mike Purdue, Philip Totaro, and Yu Ding

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