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Archives July 2010

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July 2010

ARTICLES

A vibrant and valuable aftermarket

In a post-warranty environment, owners and operators who seek to reduce O&M costs through parts management must begin with an understanding of the cost elements associated with wind farm operation. Ideally, inventory spares need to be close enough to ensure minimum downtime of the turbine asset. If the operator can predict which parts will be […]
Merritt Brown

Accurate computer-based design programs are crucial for high system reliability

Wind manufacturers continue to pursue the design and development of larger machines with larger, lighter, and more-efficient rotors. Along with growth in machine size, the capital investment for each individual wind power plant is increasing as well. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that new designs be manufactured having no major systematic flaws as they […]
Jose R. Zayas, Todd Griffith

Controlling offshore supply chain costs

Your supply chain is only as strong as the weakest link, so don’t let uncontrollable offshore supply chain costs get you in deep water.

Wind farm management, especially offshore, is a matter of economy: generate greater amounts of energy per area, and reduce the cost per megawatt. However, as the industry continues to evolve to meet enhanced power production, it also means increased challenges and risks for project managers—unknowns that push the boundaries of being able to control the […]
Hüseyin Kizilagac

NEWS

Liebherr Launches Production Facility in Mexico

Liebherr is building a new production facility for drive components in Mexican Monterrey, Nuevo León. The company—Liebherr Monterrey, S. de R.L. de C.V., founded in 2009—will produce large diameter bearings at this site in a wide range of diameters starting from mid 2010. These products are used in wind turbines for the pitch and yaw […]
July 2, 2010

Gexpro Convenes Energy Efficiency Summits

Gexpro is holding “Energy Summits” across the United States to educate electrical contractors, facility managers, commercial building owners, and government buyers on how best to achieve lower energy costs with green technologies. The sessions focus on the latest advancements in energy efficiencies, new green product solutions and services, and ways to benefit from the government […]
July 2, 2010

Gamesa and Texas A&M University System Announce Collaboration

The Texas A&M University System and Gamesa Technology Corp. have announced an agreement with the intention to install a new generation of wind turbine at West Texas A&M University, coordinated jointly by the Energy Engineering Institute and the Alternative Energy Institute of the A&M System. The Gamesa G10X—also known as the G128—would be the largest […]
July 2, 2010

Transport Services from DMI Industries

DMI Industries, a recognized leader in wind tower manufacturing, has expanded its offerings to the wind energy industry with the addition of transport services for large-scale components. The announcement was made during the American Wind Energy Association annual conference. The new service is now available from DMI through a partnership with E.W. Wylie Corporation, a […]
July 2, 2010

SKINTOP CLICK from Lapp USA

The new SKINTOP® CLICK represents the most innovative cable entry system in today’s market. With its unique latching design, cable mounting can now be accomplished up to 70 percent faster. With no threads to cut or locknuts to screw in place, installation time is greatly reduced and is possible without ever opening an enclosure. Simply […]
July 2, 2010

New Junction Barrier Schottky Diode Series from Cree

Cree, Inc., a market leader in silicon carbide power devices, announces the industry’s first commercially available Z-Rectm 1700-V Junction Barrier Schottky (JBS) diode products. Leveraging silicon carbide’s unique advantages over silicon to virtually eliminate diode switching losses, these diodes are targeted at high-voltage power conversion applications in motor drive, wind energy, and traction systems. Initial […]
July 2, 2010

Intertek Opens Test Center for Small Wind Turbines

Intertek—a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services—has announced the opening of an open-air test site for small wind turbines. The test site in Otisco, New York, together with the company’s nearby Cortland lab, is the only wind testing facility in North America that is operated by an OSHA-acknowledged NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) […]
July 2, 2010

North America’s First Freshwater Offshore Wind Farm Announced

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced a partnership between GE and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation to harness the wind power of Lake Erie and develop the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America. Strickland made the announcement at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual WINDPOWER Conference in Dallas. “Ohio’s greatest potential for creating […]
July 2, 2010

Romax Opens Wind Energy Technical Center in Colorado

Romax Technology is opening a new technical center in Colorado in response to the growing demand for their technical consultancy services from the U.S. wind energy industry. Located in Boulder—a nationally recognized hub for wind energy technical excellence and innovation—the facility will provide a center for Romax’s wind engineering excellence, enabling the delivery of key […]
July 2, 2010

Second-Generation Lidar from NRG Systems and Leosphere

NRG Systems, manufacturer of wind measurement equipment, and Leosphere, a specialist in lidar for atmospheric observations, announces the introduction of the WINDCUBE® v2, the lightest, most compact lidar remote sensor available. Used in site assessment and wind farm performance monitoring, it collects actual measurements at heights up to 200 meters, mapping the vertical wind component, […]
July 2, 2010

Second Wind Sails Toward Wind Data Collection Landmark

Confirming that wind power companies are using its Triton Wind Profiler systems widely and relying on them heavily, Second Wind announces that Triton has amassed more than 900,000 hours of global wind data and will hit the one-million-hour mark soon. “At the rate Triton units all over the world are now collecting data, we easily […]
July 2, 2010

Yaw Position Sensor for Wind Turbines from Micronor

MR200W series yaw position transducers monitor yaw position, direction, speed, and cable twist while providing proper feedback to the wind turbine’s yaw directional motor drive and brake control systems. A unit can be multifunctional and integrate any combination of electromechanical limit switches, rotary encoder, resolver, or potentiometer. Anti-backlash POM (polymer) pinion gear optimizes coupling to […]
July 2, 2010

Mainstream Chooses ZephIR Lidar from Natural Power

One of the leading developers of renewable energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, has completed the first extensive wind assessment campaign in Latin America using Natural Power’s ZephIR lidar which, based at ground level, provides remote wind measurements from 10-200 meters to aid in the development of new wind farm sites. The deployment was in the challenging […]
July 2, 2010

Klüber Introduces Specialty Lubricants for Wind

Klüber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, recently showcased two specialty lubricants for the wind power industry at WINDPOWER 2010 in Dallas. The lubricants are Klüberplex® BEM 41-141 and Klüberplex® AG 11-462. Klüberplex BEM 41-141 is high-performance grease with a special blend of base oil and additives to cover the different lubrication requirements of […]
July 2, 2010