Offshore wind is vital to President Biden’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S., but challenges such as LCOE decreases, supply chain issues, protracted regulatory approvals, and the continued need for investment to upgrade the onshore transmission network remain.
As more and more wind turbines are being built, dealing
with the possibility of a turbine fire should be an important step for the wind-farm owner-operator.
After 20 years, most wind-energy converters (WEC) reach the end of their design life. Where subsequent repowering is not an option, operators must assess whether continued operation may be a viable alternative to dismantling.
Met-tower maintenance is an important part of an owner-operator’s fiscal budget and helps ensure every wind farm has an optimally functioning met tower.
Traditional offshore wind-turbine inspections come with significant risks for workplace accidents; however, the use of drone technology can change that by offering long-term cost benefits and improved efficiency.
A day in the life of a diagnostic service provider for wind turbines.
Researchers conduct study to determine the impact of wind-energy capacity on the efficiency of electrical-power production and surface climate.
Our carbon-neutral future requires clean renewable energy, and the time is now for the U.S. to develop a new generation of systems necessary to harness the sustained winds found far out at sea.
Despite disruptions imposed by COVID-19, the wind industry saw a record year of development in 2020, and 2021 and beyond looks to be even more robust as offshore wind begins to take off in the U.S.
As wind energy in the U.S. moves offshore, the industry should take note of lessons from the U.K. on preparing and training for health and safety.
The inaugural class of recruits in Centura College’s first-of-its-kind turbine technician program is learning the tools, terminology, and climbing skills that will be essential for maintaining wind farms.
High-frequency voltage can be destructive to a turbine’s bearings, but technology exists to properly ground it before it can inflict any damage.
Magnets are being used to lower costs, improve reliability, and increase maintenance intervals in many wind farms around the world.
Exploring the fundamental concepts and control methods/techniques
for wind-turbine control systems.
Even though there have been many technical advances that aid in reducing lightning damage to wind assets, the bottom line is continued maintenance is the only real way owner-operators can protect their investment.
By Allen Hall
A new type of wind-tower foundation could provide construction cost savings while having the benefit of performing longer.
Improving wind-energy production through videoscope inspections of wind turbines.
In the normal operation of an offshore wind turbine, bolts can loosen due to long-term operation and exposure to vibration; however, a proposed device could help detect loosened bolts before extensive damage can occur.
By Wang Fei and Qu Jun
ITH Bolting Technology combines digital bolting tool procedures, advanced fastener design, and installation know-how to reduce maintenance costs significantly – proven for onshore and offshore wind-turbine installation projects.
With offshore wind development accelerating globally, Lidar is reducing uncertainties and meeting many previously unmet needs for offshore developers and operators throughout each stage of a project.