Archives June 2010

Archives

June 2010

ARTICLES

The Hidden Costs of Ownership

By understanding and addressing a host of related issues, wind turbine buyers and owners can avoid a host of hidden costs. Here’s how.

The purchase of a wind turbine is obviously a major financial commitment, not simply in terms of the cost of purchasing and erecting the wind turbine but also the ongoing cost of maintenance and repair. Beyond the costs that are plainly spelled out in the turbine supply agreement and service and maintenance contract, there are […]
Wm. Christopher Penwell

Remote Condition Management

Not only does the CMaS system from Moventas gather critical data while your turbines are in operation, it is analyzed by a team of experts to help ward off unexpected failure.

The Moventas CMaS (condition management system) is a remote monitoring system for wind turbine gears. It recognizes possible damages in gears and other mechanical components in advance, even before they start to interfere with the turbine operations. The system consists of different sensors and the main unit, which collects and processes the measured data. The […]
Antti Turunen

Constructing Cable Confidence

By gaining insights into each other’s worlds, two companies have built a longstanding relationship from which they both benefit.

The winds of change have definitely been blowing at Consulting Engineers Group (CEG). A wholly owned subsidiary of Dakota Electric Association that provides high-quality, high-tech transmission and distribution engineering to the utility market, CEG has turned its attention to the burgeoning wind power market over the past five years, focusing on design and build work […]
Scott Rowles

NEWS

New Renewable Energy Business Unit at MAG

MAG Industrial Automation Systems is powering up on green energy, announcing the formation of a new Renewable Energy Business unit to design/build automated manufacturing systems for solar panels and wind turbine components. The new business’s operations are based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and Hebron, Kentucky, and are headed by Dr. Siegfried Schmalzried in Europe/Asia and Joe […]
June 2, 2010

Dakota Wind Energy Awarded Backfill Status

Dakota Wind Energy, along with its managing member, National Wind, announces the acceptance by the Midwest ISO (MISO) of its 300 MW interconnection request into the Big Stone II Transmission backfill study group. Regional electrical transmission operator MISO identified wind projects that can utilize, or “backfill,” the electrical capacity once reserved for the Big Stone […]
June 2, 2010

New Group CEO at Kenersys

Kenersys, a Kalyani Group Company and wind turbine manufacturer, has appointed Paulo Fernando Soares as the Group CEO. Prior to joining Kenersys he worked as the CEO of Suzlon China in Beijing for a period of five years. Under his leadership Suzlon has successfully negotiated significant amount of contracts in the Chinese market, which have […]
June 2, 2010

AMSC Receives Large Grid Interconnection Order

American Superconductor Corporation, a global power technologies company, announces that Vestas Australian Wind Technology Pty Ltd has placed an order for a large D-VAR-based grid interconnection system. Utilizing 24 D-VAR modules integrated with external smart-switched capacitor banks and proprietary controls that are optimized for wind farm applications, this is AMSC’s largest order for a grid […]
June 2, 2010

Enhanced Rail Capabilities at Port Corpus Christi

Class-I rail services from the three major rail companies can now be offered at the port to move wind turbine components. Last year BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Rail Road (UP) began offering rail services to major manufacturers of wind energy components through Port Corpus Christi. Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) recently moved their […]
June 2, 2010

MNI40 Magnetic Encoders from Pepperl+Fuchs

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces MNI40 incremental rotary encoders, a robust magnetic, non-contact encoder with intelligent diagnostics suitable for a wide range of applications. The MNI40 delivers resolution up to 3,600 pulses per revolution at speeds up to 30,000 rev/min and operating temperatures from -40°C…+100 °C. Robust, compact, and simple installation of the MNI40 make it an ideal […]
June 2, 2010

AWS Truewind Announces New Direction and Name

AWS Truewind LLC—an international leader in renewable energy consulting and information services—announces the official relaunch of the company as AWS Truepower, reflecting an expanded strategic focus on delivering a broader set of renewable energy development and operational solutions to its global customer base. In conjunction with the renaming of the company, AWS Truepower announced a […]
June 2, 2010

3TIER Powers Small Wind Decisions

Southwest Windpower and Better Generation will use 3TIER’s renewable energy information services platform to better educate customers on their on-site small wind energy potential. The platform enables both companies to integrate the most accurate, scientifically derived global wind resource data from 3TIER directly into tools that will help residential and small business customers more easily […]
June 2, 2010

New Gleason OPTI-GRIND Process for Large Gears

Gleason’s latest generation of profile grinding machines can now be equipped to perform a revolutionary new process called OPTI-GRIND, which significantly improves productivity and quality levels for fine finishing cylindrical gears as large as 6 meters in diameter, and up to module 16. The new process enables end users to achieve optimum productivity and surface […]
June 2, 2010

SPX Acquires Torque Tension Systems

SPX Corporation announces that its SPX Hydraulic Technologies business unit, part of the company’s Industrial Products and Services segment, acquired UK-based Torque Tension Systems Ltd. (TTS), a leading global supplier of hydraulic torque wrench and tensioner tool products. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The addition of TTS’s line of high-performance industrial bolting […]
June 2, 2010

Aero Bolt Tensioning Tools from Tentec

Tentec, a leading UK designer and manufacturer of bolt tightening equipment for wind turbines, recently exhibited its Aero range of bolt tensioning tools for wind turbines at AWEA’s WINDPOWER 2010. The complete series was on display, with Tentec being the only company in the world to offer a full load, positive stop safety feature on […]
June 2, 2010

SME Appoints New Director of Membership

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has named Joe LaRussa, P.E., as its director of membership. He will be responsible for increasing awareness of the value the society has to offer manufacturing professionals. Debbie Holton, who was previously responsible for SME’s membership activities, will be assuming a leadership role as director of industry strategy and […]
June 2, 2010

Windspire Energy and MasTech Wind Announce Supply Agreement

Formerly known as Mariah Power, Windspire Energy—developer of the Windspire® wind turbine—and MasTech Wind have announced the execution of a new long-term supply agreement. The new contract will extend production of the Windspire by MasTech Wind through 2014. MasTech Wind began manufacturing the Windspire at their Manistee, Michigan, factory in April 2009 after retrofitting a […]
June 2, 2010

Broadwind Announces New President at Brad Foote Gear Works

Broadwind Energy, Inc., has appointed Daniel E. Schueller as president of Brad Foote Gear Works, Inc., the company’s gearing systems business, effective April 12, 2010. He will report to Broadwind Energy CEO Cam Drecoll. “We are delighted to have Dan join our leadership team and expect that he will lead the gearing systems team with […]
June 2, 2010

Polaris to Offer Financing Program for Wind Turbine

In an effort to help its dealers and potential customers, Polaris will begin offering financing for all wind turbine projects. The financing program will cover the total installed cost of the unit, minus any federal or state grant money. While many customers pay cash for the Polaris turbine systems, consider those who can’t or don’t. […]
June 1, 2010

Carl Zeiss Opens West Coast Tech Center

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology celebrated the official grand opening of the West Coast Tech Center (WCTC) in Irvine, California, in April. Set up as a production inspection facility with metrology systems running in a process support role, the two-day metrology event offered visitors a unique experience. Part measurement on its systems was displayed in a […]
June 1, 2010