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ABB Wins $55 Million Submarine AC Power Cable Contract In The United Kingdom

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $55 million to supply a submarine AC (alternating current) power...

Proving Out A New Method For Installing Offshore Wind Turbines

The traditional method of installing offshore wind turbines is to assemble the entire three-blade rotor assembly onshore and then use a large ship to...

Another Holiday Rush for the Industry…Only Different

A late-year push is nothing new to the wind energy industry—in fact, companies are used to it. Through the years, the federal Production Tax...

Preventative Measures Could Save Lives And Turbines In The Event Of A Nacelle Fire

Wind turbine fires scare the heck out of me and should scare you, too.Since modern turbines don’t have ladders both inside and outside the...

Foam Is Not Your Friend

During gearbox operation the gears churn air bubbles into the oil, which is called entrained air.  The entrained air, being lighter than oil, rises...

U.S. Wind Power Heads Into 2014 With Momentum

Last year was filled with transitional news concerning the wind energy industry, starting with the extension of the Production Tax Credit on Jan. 1,...

Thermal Imaging Scans Provide Personnel With An ‘Inside Advantage’ In Electrical Maintenance Tasks

Thermal imaging cameras are devices that can show you the differences in the amount of heat that is radiating off of a surface. The...

Profile: Imperial Crane

Ron Selby compares the multiple departments that comprise Imperial to the assorted components of a crane.“There are a multitude of components required to put...

Rules of the game: Assessing and assigning project risks

Wind construction projects typically begin with a contract between the owner and the general contractor.  This engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract establishes the...

The two most important construction tasks that every wind project owner needs to know

Every wind construction project has unique characteristics and challenges, but success ultimately depends upon the timely completion of two important tasks that typically occur...

Successful project road design and construction requires keen attention to geographic and environmental variables

With the exception of a handful of southeastern states, virtually every state in the country has a wind farm. Often overshadowed by the electrical...

Proper contingency planning can help minimize risks

Among the many responsibilities of the wind energy project balance of plant (BOP) contractor, few are as important as risk management.  The BOP contractor’s...

Preconstruction planning on wind projects yields budgetary benefits

One of the most valuable tools that an owner or developer of wind projects has in its planning toolbox is a good preconstruction value...

No two towers are created equal

From the hoisting industry’s standpoint, there are two sides to wind park construction; the physical erection, and the overall maintenance of the turbine or...

Identifying broken tiles usually calls for close observation of ground conditions

In this installment we’ll look at ways to identify broken tiles and methods to repair them quickly and efficiently. From last month’s column—available at...

Integrating construction engineering into siting leads to increased efficiencies and maximum cost savings

The micro-siting process for a wind facility is the area where most developers struggle to link in all of the requirements related to state...

While preventing the need for an emergency response is the primary goal, you must...

In the April installment we discussed key steps to emergency preparedness, including preparing a written plan and communicating it both on- and off-site, developing...

Mass stabilization is a soil mixing technology for treating potential wind tower sites 

At planned wind tower sites a geotechnical investigation and/or environmental evaluation should first be performed to characterize the underlying soils. The results of these...

Rigid inclusions use upper strong strata to transfer the load

Planned wind tower sites may appear firm on the surface, only to conceal a buried weak soil stratum. Depending on the depth and thickness...

Densification of loose material prior to tower construction is often required at wind-farm sites

Planned sites for wind turbine towers are sometimes underlain by loose, granular soils such as sands, gravels, or mine spoils, which can produce static,...
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