chapter  12
48 Pages

Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring: State-of-the-Art Review, New Trends, and Future Challenges

ByPierre Tchakoua, René Wamkeue, Mohand Ouhrouche, Fouad Slaoui-Hasnaoui

PIERRE TCHAKOUA, RENÉ WAMKEUE, MOHAND OUHROUCHE, FOUAD SLAOUI-HASNAOUI, TOMMY ANDY TAMEGHE, AND GABRIEL EKEMB

12.1 INTRODUCTION

Energy conversion and efficiency improvement have become a worldwide priority to secure an energy supply and address the challenges of climate change, greenhouse gas emission reduction, biodiversity protection, and renewable technology development. In 2011, renewable sources accounted for nearly 50% of the estimated globally added electric capacity evaluated at 208 GW [1]. Among all renewable energy sources, wind energy is the fastest-growing sector in terms of installed capacity. As shown in Figure 1, the cumulative installed wind power capacity reached 283 GW in 2011, which represents nearly 3% of global electricity production. Furthermore, the contribution of wind power to the world total generation capacity is expected to reach 8% by 2018 [1-3].