Archives June 2011


June 2011


There is a profound distinction between education and training

Those struggling with achieving consistent quality outcomes will find that there is a profound distinction between education and training. Read on to learn the difference.

I expect we have all heard the message: While placed on hold, a voice says “to ensure quality this call may be recorded.” If ensuring quality meant that you only had to make a recording of a particular conversation, action, or task, then quality and quality results should no longer be an issue today. These […]
Merritt Brown

An interdisciplinary workforce of engineers is essential for advancements in wind turbine technology

An interdisciplinary workforce of engineers is essential for advancements in wind turbine technology, which is being addressed by universities such as Penn State.

Jobs in wind energy have been and are currently out there. The wind industry, though, is challenged with filling open positions with qualified candidates that received at least some education in wind energy. There are only a handful of academic institutions in the U.S. that have wind energy in some form integrated into their undergraduate […]
Sven Schmitz, Ph.D.

It is critical to balance site section criteria against the needs of the project site

As more companies use inventory pre-positioning techniques to reduce component delivery cost and limit risk, it is critical to balance site section criteria against the needs of the project site.

Inbound supply chains are becoming increasingly complex. While many OEM turbine manufacturers have or are planning North American assembly plants, most new plants are being designed to use rail for outbound deliveries. For some components, such as towers, the lowest total landed cost of the component may mean sourcing products from overseas and shipping in […]
Anne Puhalovich


Nordex Equips Germinon Wind Farm

With 30 N100/2500 wind turbines and a total capacity of 75 MW, the Germinon wind farm located to the west of Paris is currently the largest Nordex wind farm in France. On April 6, 2011, the customer GDF Suez officially inaugurated the wind farm. Germinon features the first Gamma Generation series turbines, which Nordex launched […]
June 3, 2011

North American Power Market Analysis Services from GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan’s new power market analysis services utilize state of the art simulation software to evaluate the short and long-term risks to renewable development projects associated with external power market influences. These include assessing the impacts of energy curtailment, policy changes, and infrastructure development and quantifying the financial ramifications that they have for a […]
June 3, 2011

Mortenson Construction to Build 100th Wind Project

MidAmerican Energy Company has selected Mortenson Construction to build the 443.9MW Rolling Hills Wind Project in southwestern Iowa, one of the largest wind projects in the nation. MidAmerican Energy—which is number-one in the U.S. in ownership of wind-powered electric generation among rate-regulated utilities—selected Mortenson, North America’s leading wind power contractor, to build the project. MidAmerican […]
June 3, 2011

O-INSPECT Multisensor Measuring Machine from Carl Zeiss

The successful O-INSPECT multisensor measuring machine from Carl Zeiss allows the very easy, very accurate, and thus very efficient inspection of complex parts. It can be used in the electronics and plastics industries, for medical and automotive technology, and precision engineering. A chromatic white light sensor is now available for O-INSPECT. The white light sensor […]
June 3, 2011

ECN Wind Energy to Collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories

On March 31, 2011, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Sandia National Laboratories signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both parties agree on future collaboration in the field of wind energy. Sandia Laboratories focuses on applied scientific research for national security in the U.S., with sustainable energy being one of their […]
June 3, 2011

CommScope to Supply Two Major Wind Farm Projects

CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, will supply two wind farm projects with its GroundSmart™ copper clad steel solution, an alternative to solid and stranded copper that is increasingly in demand by utilities for its cost-efficiency and anti-theft characteristics. The first project is the Breckenridge Wind Farm, located outside Breckenridge, […]
June 3, 2011

Availon North America Launches New Web Site

Availon, Inc., a premier provider of services and parts to the wind power industry in North America, is proud to announce the launch of its new, informative, easy-to-navigate, customer-focused Web site. The site’s introduction follows the November 2010 name change of SSB Service, an international independent full-service provider of parts, upgrades, services, inspections, maintenance, and […]
June 3, 2011

BZEE Awarded First ISO 29990 Certification in Wind Industry

The end of 2010 marked the release of the ISO 29990 standard, a quality management and service standard dedicated to the quality of learning services. Education and training centers now have a means of having their core business approved and certified according to internationally recognized standards. The new standard is designed to allow objective comparisons […]
June 3, 2011

ExxonMobil Launches Online Industrial Lubricant Selector

ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties has globally introduced Looble, a user friendly, online industrial lubricant selector designed to help maintenance professionals make informed lubricant decisions for optimizing equipment performance and minimizing unplanned downtime. Looble simplifies the lubricant selection process by providing targeted Mobil-branded product recommendations with performance ratings based upon users’ specific industries, applications, and […]
June 3, 2011