Engineering the Next Wave of Wind Energy Technology

| December 13, 2019

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Engineers at NREL are tackling the challenges that come with reliably integrating wind energy into the grid. From new materials and manufacturing processes to the latest in energy storage, there is still work to be done for this technology to reach its full potential.

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Altitec is a respected global specialist in wind turbine rotor blade access, inspection and repair, an industry-certified training provider, and an exclusive distributor and service partner for market-leading vertical access systems. With a 20-year track record supporting firms in the energy, construction and emergency services sectors, we have developed into a one-stop shop, not only for high-quality, efficient maintenance services, conducted at height, but also for the technology and training that makes this essential work possible.

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Altitec is a respected global specialist in wind turbine rotor blade access, inspection and repair, an industry-certified training provider, and an exclusive distributor and service partner for market-leading vertical access systems. With a 20-year track record supporting firms in the energy, construction and emergency services sectors, we have developed into a one-stop shop, not only for high-quality, efficient maintenance services, conducted at height, but also for the technology and training that makes this essential work possible.

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