Saturday, December 14, 2019

Find the Right Light

With wind power production surging to a new record last year and steady growth expected to continue, the need for reliable, effective, and community-friendly...

Power to the People

In early 50 years ago, Bob Dylan sang that “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Dylan certainly wasn’t...

Are Transient Events Damaging Your Turbine’s Drivetrain?

IntroductionWind turbine bearings and gearbox life issues have long plagued the wind industry.  Since 2007, NREL has focused on industry solutions with their Gearbox...

Renting Aerials for Inspection & Maintenance

When blade maintenance or tower inspection is required, there are a number of ways to get the work done. Some wind farm owners have...

Torque vs. Tension: Is There a Clear Winner?

The debate rages on about whether torque or tension is the best method to preload a fastener, and it is nearly as controversial as...

Mini-Grid Commissioning

The practice of Mini-Grid Commissioning, utilizing mobile temporary utility systems to create a simulated power environment, is giving developers nationwide more flexibility and confidence...

Case Study: Erection Equipment and Habitat Conservation

More than 2,000 miles from the continental U.S., Hawaii residents have learned the benefits of being self-sustaining. If a good or service cannot be...

To Boom or Not To Bust?

Coming off a year when wind energy experienced the highest amount of growth in its history, industry players wasted little time celebrating as they...

Wind Drivetrain Condition Management

Cost effective condition management is one of the key ways to optimize the overall drivetrain performance and successfully achieve the estimated energy production in...

Combined Effects of Gravity, Bending Moment, Bearing Clearance, and Input Torque on Wind Turbine...

AbstractThis computational work investigates planetary gear load sharing of three-mount suspension wind turbine gearboxes. A three-dimensional multibody dynamic model is established, addressing gravity, bending...

Maximizing the Benefits—and Your ROI—in Wind Power

Modern wind turbines can provide large amounts of electricity, cleanly and reliably. Nearly eight percent of electricity in the state of Texas comes from...

Optimized Wind Farm Operation and Maintenance

Wind farm owners are faced with many challenges to increase availability and production and reduce costs, all while performing safer than last year and...

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy—Transitioning Towards Commercial Deployment

The potential is enormous: offshore wind resource data for the Great Lakes and U.S. outer-continental shelf and coastal waters indicate that, for annual average...

Challenging Industry Standard Contaminant Filtration

Within the past few years, the growing emphasis on proper operations and maintenance procedures has created a need for better solutions to protect major...

Breaking into the O&M Market

There was a time not too long ago when starting a business as an independent service provider (ISP) in the wind industry was as...

Curtailing Threats of Anchor System Failure

It is no surprise that a common goal amongst the wind industry’s participants is to lower the total cost of ownership associated with developing...

Large Wind Turbine Blade Transportation Solution: The Aeroscraft

The wind business is ultimately a logistics business. Worldwide Aeros Corp. (Aeros), a Southern California-based international aircraft company, is proposing that its logistics product,...

Managing Drivetrain Health: Knowledge is Power, Time is Money

As the U.S. wind industry transitions to a larger install base of turbines that are either out of warranty or soon to be, the...

Making Sense of the CMS Market

Condition Monitoring FrameworkThe recent acceptance of the value of condition monitoring in the wind industry is driven by two major factors: First, turbines coming...

Breaking the 34.5kV “Standard”

In wind farm project design, the principle objective is to attain the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE). Several key variables contribute to this...
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