Archives August 2010


August 2010


Remote monitoring allows Q&M professionals to check turbine conditions in real time

Turbine manufacturers typically offer a turbine availability guarantee during warranty at 97 percent, and well-maintained projects with the right technology can achieve levels higher than this whether they are covered under warranty or not. In achieving these levels the operator must have a close relationship with the turbines, not only with adept skills in preventative […]
Merritt Brown

Focusing on wind turbine controls

Wind turbine blades are growing larger, so research must be focused on several multidisciplinary areas €”one in particular being wind turbine controls.

As wind turbines continue to grow in size, reports such as the “DOE 20% Wind by 2030” capture the advantages of larger and more technologically advanced rotors and their potential for increasing energy capture without having an adverse effect on turbine capital cost. However, increased rotor size is only beneficial if other system costs are […]
David Wilson, Jose R. Zayas

Having an emergency logistics plan for replacement components

When you fall ill or have a medical emergency, you know whom to call. It is the same with wind power maintenance issues. When your wind components are “under the weather”—perhaps literally—you need to be sure you have the right resources in place to provide emergency service solutions. The list of parts that can suddenly […]
Hüseyin Kizilagac


Avanti Becomes Cresto/ResQ Distributor

Avanti Wind Systems is now a strategic distributor and service partner for Cresto ResQ products in the wind energy industry. Previously named ResQ, Cresto has sold more than 25,000 sets of evacuation and rescue equipment for wind turbine towers around the world. The agreement means that Avanti will establish training and service centers for Cresto […]
August 2, 2010

GE Unit Invests in 183-MW Idaho Wind Power Portfolio

Maintaining momentum in its renewable energy investing, GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE, has made an equity investment in Idaho’s largest wind power project. The almost half billion dollar portfolio of 11 wind farms under construction was developed by Exergy Development Group. GE Energy Financial Services made the announcement at the American Council […]
August 2, 2010

Windspire Energy Enters the Australian Wind Market

Windspire Energy announces a partnership with Australian-based AllSafe Energy Efficient Products to be the sole distributor of the Windspire® wind turbine in Australia. AllSafe is recognized as one of the leading and fastest growing energy efficient product providers in Australia. The partnership will now begin the process of certifying the Windspire for the Australian market […]
August 2, 2010

Mineral-Insulated Thermocouple Cable from ARI Industries

ARi Industries, Inc., a longtime market leader in temperature measurement, announces immediate availability of its AerOpak mineral-insulated (MI) thermocouple cable in an expanded assortment of sizes and sheath materials. MI cable offers thermocouple fabricators, instruments designers, process engineers, and various equipment builders a unique solution to the challenges of temperature measurement and electrical signal-sending in […]
August 2, 2010

WindIngen Launches Wind Turbine Services

WindIngen—a new division of Mechanical Dynamics and Analysis—has launched its wind service business from their new offices in Fort Collins, Colorado. This division has hired experienced technicians with extensive industry knowledge and multi-OEM technical and mechanical expertise in preparation for fulfilling their wide range of service offerings. WindIngen also announced that their highly-trained technicians have […]
August 2, 2010

Next-Generation Laser Shaft Alignment Tools from SKF

New SKF® TKSA shaft alignment tools introduce highly affordable and easy to use solutions to align the shafts of rotating machinery quickly and with pinpoint accuracy. The tools represent the latest generation of SKF laser-enabled technology to align shafts properly in a fraction of the time compared with traditional methods. This latest family in the […]
August 2, 2010

VIBXPERT II Portable Vibration Analyzer from LUDECA

LUDECA, Inc., introduces VIBXPERT® II, the latest addition to the PRUEFTECHNIK family of portable route-based vibration data collectors. VIBXPERT II is rugged and lightweight and combines the advantages of a rapid processor with a brilliant energy-efficient color VGA display. Enhanced with an Fmax of 51KHz and up to 102,400 lines of resolution, all machinery problems […]
August 2, 2010

Snap-on Industrial Launches Rental Program

How do you expand on a product that exceeds customer expectations every time and saves money to boot? Simple, just add a rental program and make it deliverable to anywhere in the continental United States in two days. That’s the case with Snap-on Industrial’s new mobile tool crib rental program. The company’s existing mobile tool […]
August 2, 2010

Expanded Measurement Options from Onset

Onset has broadened its offerings for energy and environmental monitoring by expanding the range of measurement options for its line of HOBO® U12 data loggers. Specifically, multi-channel versions of HOBO U12 data loggers can now measure and record kilowatts, air velocity, gauge pressure, differential pressure, DC current, and other energy and environmental parameters. The expanded […]
August 2, 2010

Trans-United Wins Trucking Safety Award

Trans-United, Inc., of Burns Harbor, Indiana, was named the Overall Grand Safety Winner during the IMTA’s (Indiana Motor Truck Association) annual spring council conference held in May. As seen in the accompanying photo the award was presented (from left) to Tom Boo, director of safety, and Jeff Fleming, president. They were joined by L. Cook […]
August 2, 2010

Expanded Capabilities, Promotions at Gear Technology

Gear Technology—a leading international precision gear manufacturer and related services provider—has recently announced the promotion of two senior-level managers. Joe Campa, formerly quality assurance manager, has been promoted to director of engineering.  A 10-year veteran of the company, he was previously employed with Boeing Space and Communications Group as a procurement quality specialist and has […]
August 2, 2010

Largest MMZ G Gantry Measuring Machine from Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology recently set up the largest MMZ G gantry measuring machine. This highly accurate coordinate measuring machine has a measuring range of 5 x 11 x 3.5 meters which is excellent for the measurements of wind turbine components. Gearboxes are a major part of all wind turbines, and the quality requirements are […]
August 2, 2010

Parker Piston Accumulators for Critical Wind Turbine Applications

Hydro-pneumatic piston accumulators from Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, provide long-term effectiveness in critical wind turbine applications through significantly lower maintenance and servicing costs. Piston, bladder, and diaphragm hydro-pneumatic accumulators are used in a variety of wind turbine applications, including use with a power unit and pitch cylinder to […]
August 2, 2010

ZF to Supply Gearboxes to Vestas

ZF has signed a contract with global wind energy market leader Vestas to supply wind turbine gearboxes. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2012 at the new U.S. facility under construction in Gainesville, Georgia, with the goal of eventually producing 2,000 gearboxes per year for the growing wind power industry. In addition, ZF will […]
August 2, 2010

Bearing Systems for Planetary Wind Turbine Gearboxes from NKE

Austrian bearing specialist NKE introduces modular bearing systems for planetary gears in wind turbine gearboxes. The new bearing assemblies offer the advantages of a standardization of the bearings used in this application, a reduced diversity of parts and simplified logistics. Many wind turbines are equipped with single- or two-stage planetary gearboxes. Because the bearings of […]
August 2, 2010

New CEO at REpower Systems

The supervisory board of REpower Systems AG has agreed upon the appointment of Andreas Nauen as member and chairman of the executive board as chief executive officer in its meeting in June. Nauen took office on 1 July 2010. His contract provides for an appointment term of three years as from 1 July 2010 and […]
August 2, 2010

High-Speed Transfer Vessels for Offshore Wind from Austal

Austal’s Wind Express series of vessels combine fuel efficiency with advanced sea keeping characteristics to deliver a premier transportation solution for offshore wind farm operators. By utilizing Austal’s world-renowned advanced hull design and engineering capabilities, each vessel is purpose-built to deliver a rugged, reliable, multipurpose workboat platform. Among the many significant features of the Wind […]
August 2, 2010