Global certification company DNV has published a new standard to help renewable energy developers and operators optimize the design, construction, operation and maintenance of wind power plants in seismic conditions.

The recommended practice DNV-RP-0585 “Seismic design of wind power plants” is the world's first developed to minimize cost, warranty and liability risks and optimize wind power plant design for seismic conditions in emerging wind power markets such as Asia Pacific and the U.S. The document received input from more than 20 wind industry leaders, including original equipment manufacturers, project developers, designers and experts.

(See also: Winds, earthquakes and wind turbine performance)

This recommended practice can now be used as a technical reference for seismic design as part of the contract between industry stakeholders. It can serve to link existing local requirements for seismic design of common buildings to international wind energy design practice and facilitate the designer’s work.

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