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January 2010


Getting turbine components where they need to be

How do you keep wind power logistics costs from blowing you away? Overcoming the hurdles of moving wind turbines from factory to project site will help.

Although wind power is the fastest-growing energy source, in many instances the skills required to move components to the project site have not kept pace. Wind power components are not your typical shipments, after all. If you are responsible for the construction of a wind farm, you want delivery of all components to be made […]
Hüseyin Kizilagac

Increasing reliability with condition monitoring

The best way to avoid turbine downtime is to follow quality maintenance procedures throughout its performance life. SKF shares the following pointers.

With the growth of wind farms, users are turning to condition monitoring and automatic lubrication systems for increased reliability. The following questions, and answers, may provide helpful insights: What are some of the fundamental challenges associated with wind turbine maintenance? Given the operating conditions a wind turbine experiences throughout a 20-year service life, maintenance problems […]
Kevin S. George

DOE 1.5 turbine lets NWTC conduct research

NREL’s National Wind Technology Center is working with industry partners to create the next generation of wind energy systems.

The two largest wind turbines ever erected at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) towered into the sky this fall. A 1.5-MW turbine manufactured by General Electric was dedicated for research in November, and a 2.3-MW turbine manufactured by Siemens Power Generation was dedicated for research in October. The U.S. […]
Kathleen O’Dell


Cutting Tools from Emuge

Emuge Corp. has introduced an extensive line up of tools optimized specifically for the production of wind turbine components. Continuous technology advancements in components and materials demand high quality tooling for the most efficient and cost-effective machining of parts used in today’s wind turbines. Emuge’s new Wind Power program offers a complete solution for precise, […]
January 22, 2010

ESAB Introduces New Caddy

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products introduces the new Caddy™ Tig 1500i and 2200i single-phase DC/CC portable welding machines. The new machines have been designed to deliver quality gas tungsten arc (TIG) and shielded metal arc (Stick) welds in a variety of materials for the demanding professional. This fifth generation of Caddy machines features advanced inverter […]
January 22, 2010

Denver Facility Certified as Wind Service Center

TRICO TCWIND, an IPS company, has certified the IPS Denver Regional Service Center for wind service. Denver joins four other TRICO TCWIND certified locations—Litchfield, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Washington, Pennsylvania—in providing coast-to-coast maintenance service for the wind power industry. IPS, the national leader in the service and repair of electric motors, generators, and […]
January 22, 2010

Nordex to Build Plant in Arkansas

Nordex USA, Inc., a leading manufacturer of wind turbines, has begun construction of its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The announcement comes after a decision by the supervisory board of the parent company, Nordex AG. “After much careful planning, we are eager to break ground and make the plant a reality,” says Ralf […]
January 22, 2010

New Core Product Catalog from Lapp Group

In addition to Lapp’s full-line catalog, it has introduced a core product catalog for industrial and factory automation. At a time when other companies are implementing higher minimum order quantities and longer lead times, Lapp Group is committed to servicing product demand from stock on all core products. This 48-page catalog features a mixture of […]
January 22, 2010

Next-Generation Harness from Capital Safety

Capital Safety announces the launch of the world’s next generation harness, the ExoFit NEX™. With first of its kind features and benefits, the harness provides the highest level of safety and the utmost comfort with technologically advanced hardware, soft yet extremely durable anti-absorbent webbing, strategically placed padding, and protective elements that prolong the service life […]
January 22, 2010

NRG Systems Announces Research Partnership

NRG Systems has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Wind Energy Group on a multi-phase project to advance the use of renewable energy at MIT’s campus and further the science of remote sensing with laser-based technologies. The MIT Wind Energy Group, an on-campus organization that addresses global wind energy challenges through fact-based research, analysis […]
January 22, 2010

Carbone of America Introduces Re-engineered Brush Holder

Carbone of America, a leader in power and signal transfer solutions, has redesigned the phase and ground brush holders for Hitachi generators installed in the GE fleet of 1.5 MW wind turbines. The new brush rigging assembly is a totally reengineered system, designed to reduce wear, maintenance and downtime in the long term. The brush […]
January 22, 2010

Schmidt 5D Couplings from Zero-Max

New Schmidt 5D couplings from Zero-Max are the ideal choice for applications requiring large axial, angular, and parallel shaft misalignments. This “all in one” coupling design will handle all shaft displacements, providing low backlash for precision high torque applications such as roll forming and similar heavy duty fabricating equipment. Designed to fill an important need […]
January 22, 2010

New Gleason Titan Grinding Machines for Larger Cylindrical Gears

Gleason has introduced a new line of Titan® grinding machines designed to reduce finish grinding times by as much as 50 percent on cylindrical gears up to 1,500 mm in diameter. Titan machines are unique in their ability to offer users, on a single platform, both pure profile grinding for the greatest flexibility when producing […]
January 22, 2010

Second Wind Earns Third Year Ranking on the 2009 Inc. 5000

For the third consecutive year, Second Wind has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States. “Second Wind is dedicated to making wind energy profitable through the use of innovative technology,” COO Larry Letteney says. “Our third year on this prestigious list speaks to the hard work of our dedicated […]
January 22, 2010

Dr. Shrink Launches New Web Site

Featuring more helpful tips and installation advice than before, Dr. Shrink’s new Web site is a single source for all necessary shrink-wrap knowledge, allowing visitors to browse the company’s complete line of shrink wrap and accessories. Serving seasoned business owners to novice do-it-yourselfers, a convenient “How-To/Training” tab offers free, step-by-step directions on how to shrink […]
January 22, 2010

RBC Bearings Receives GL Letter of Conformance

RBC Bearings is pleased to announce that it has received a letter of conformance from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for pitch and yaw bearings for the ACCIONA Windpower wind turbine generator. ACCIONA Windpower North America is owned by the ACCIONA group, a Spain-based global leader in the renewable energies field. The company has installed 252 wind […]
January 22, 2010

Update on Iowa City’s Wind Energy Supply Chain Campus

The City of Iowa City, Iowa, continues its work to develop what is believed to be the first Wind Energy Supply Chain Campus in the United States. Since November 2008 the city has taken steps to acquire, annex, and zone 173 acres of land located on the city’s east side and begin infrastructure work. Sewer […]
January 22, 2010

Hyosung, Romax Partnership Continues

Hyosung has again selected Romax Technology as a leading partner in their wind energy activities. Following the success of their first collaborations on 750kW and 2MW wind turbine gearboxes, Hyosung and Romax will cooperate on future wind turbine projects. Romax and Hyosung first worked together when the UK based consultancy supported Hyosung in the design […]
January 22, 2010

MAG and Dowding Work to Reduce Hub Production Times

A new collaboration between MAG Industrial Automation Systems and Dowding Machining LLC is poised to revolutionize manufacturing of wind turbine components with specially-designed CNC modules for the production of hubs and new automated technology for composite wind blade production. The Michigan-based venture—dubbed Astraeus from the Greek mythological “father of the four winds”—will use a unique […]
January 22, 2010

Vaisala Wind Observing System to be Installed in U.S.

The world leader in environmental measurement Vaisala, together with electricity and natural gas energy company Xcel Energy and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), have joined forces on a pioneering pilot project in the United States that will take observing and forecasting for wind energy production to the next level. The goal of the […]
January 22, 2010

Lincoln Electric Hosts State Investment Announcement

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland recently announced that 25 state solar and wind projects will receive more than $13 million in grants funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Energy Program. The announcement was made last November at Lincoln Electric’s Automation Center of Excellence in Cleveland, highlighting the company’s welding solutions for wind tower […]
January 22, 2010

Shaft Grounding Ring from Electro Static Technology

By safely channeling harmful shaft currents away from bearings to ground, Electro Static Technology’s new AEGIS WTG™ wind turbine grounding ring prevents bearing damage that could otherwise cause generator failure, unplanned downtime, costly repairs, and lost revenues. Maintenance-free, effective at any RPM, and available for any size wind turbine generator, the ring is designed for […]
January 22, 2010