Archives July 2011


July 2011


Once your project has been cleared to proceed, which construction strategy will you choose?

Once your project has been cleared to proceed, which construction strategy will you choose? This installment provides a comparison of two methods, including pros and cons.

Once your wind farm project becomes approved, you will eventually need to decide what construction strategy you will use. Many developers have traditionally gone with the Engineer, Procure, and Construct (EPC) or “turnkey” approach. However, the General Contracting (GC) method is another basic approach that is easily adaptable to the wind industry and has seen […]
Ron Krizan, P.E.

Focusing on the sightline from maintenance reliability to business success

To be proficient in managing your maintenance plan, it should be both a common practice and a team effort to focus on the sightline from maintenance reliability to business success.

When we speak of wind turbine maintenance we often refer to the scheduled, semi-annual, or annual service that involves such tasks as replacing filters, checking bolt torques, and other time-based activities found on the manufacturer’s checklist. But let’s say your technician returns from one of these scheduled maintenance activities with a new work request after […]
Merritt Brown

The challenges involved in building integrated wind energy include wind flow, structure siting, unit certification, and aesthetics

The challenges involved in building-integrated wind energy include wind flow, structure siting, unit certification, and even aesthetic concerns. Read on to learn more.

Building-integrated wind turbines (BIWT) are becoming more prevalent in the landscape across the United States, as well as in Europe. There are many challenges with integrating wind turbines into existing buildings that are not entirely obvious, even upon thorough investigation of a proposed installation. One of the most serious challenges is probably that the building […]
Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

Mitigating or avoiding demurrage and detention fees

Demurrage and detention fees are penalty charges that owners apply when transportation equipment sits idle. Here’€™s how they can be mitigated, or avoided altogether.

Logistics costs account for 10-15 percent of the total turbine cost. Understanding and controlling these costs is an important part of managing the overall budget. An area of costs not typically budgeted, but which may contribute significantly to the overall logistics costs, are demurrage and detention fees. Under certain circumstances these charges may increase the […]
Anne Puhalovich


Seco Tools to Showcase Advanced Tooling Solutions at EMO 2011

Seco Tools will highlight new turning insert grades and chipbreaker inserts within its exclusive Duratomic coating product line as well as other advanced turning and milling solutions at EMO 2011. The company will occupy stand A42 in Hall 4 at the event, which takes place September 19-24 on the Exhibition Grounds in Hannover, Germany. Duratomic-Coated ProductsTwo […]
May 1, 2017

MFG Marks Wind Blade Milestone

The Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG), announces that the company’s plant in Gainesville, Texas, celebrated the shipment of their 1,000th set of 37-meter composite wind blades. Located 60 miles north of Dallas in the wind farm hotbed of the United States, the 155,000 square-foot facility has been manufacturing wind blades since 1997 and employs approximately […]
July 11, 2011

Mortenson Builds 19th Wind Project in Home State

Mortenson Construction will soon break ground on the 44 megawatt Oak Glen Wind Farm, located on a 3,000-acre agricultural site located in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. The project’s owner is the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and its 11-member utilities. Avant Energy, a leading Minneapolis-based energy supply management company, is the developer and the overall project manager. […]
July 11, 2011

New Wind Turbine Pitch System from Moog

At the WINDPOWER 2011 conference, Moog Industrial Group—a division of Moog Inc.—unveiled a new electric pitch system that offers wind turbine operators higher performance, reliability, additional safety, and lower maintenance costs to address key challenges faced by wind turbine manufacturers and operators. The Moog wind turbine pitch system is equipped with Moog’s new AC synchronous […]
July 11, 2011

Customer Behavior and The Smart Grid is Focus of Fall AESP Meeting

What is the level of customer acceptance and understanding of the smart grid? How can utilities further drive understanding and encourage significant and permanent changes in customer behavior? The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) will delve into these topics with national experts at their Fall Conference in Dallas October 3-6, 2011. The conference titled […]
July 11, 2011

MYR Group Awarded Contract With Cross Texas Transmission

MYR Group, Inc. (MYR), has executed a contract with Cross Texas Transmission, an affiliate of LS Power, to construct approximately 235 miles of 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Texas. The contract is valued in excess of $160 million and is part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) initiative, which is being developed to integrate […]
June 3, 2011

Power Climber Wind Installs IBEX Climb Assist in China

Power Climber Wind—a division of SafeWorks, LLC—has signed a contract with one of the largest wind turbine generator (WTG) OEMs to supply and install the IBEX® climb assist systems for its Dashuiboluo wind farm located in Linxi, Inner Mongolia. The IBEX climb assist systems will be installed in 25 of the company’s 2.0MW turbines, which […]
June 3, 2011

Sensor Products to Market Fuji Prescale Film

Sensor Products, Inc., a leader in the field of tactile pressure and force measurement, is pleased to announce it is offering Fuji Prescale pressure film. The film is a mylar tactile pressure indicating sensor film that instantly reveals surface pressure magnitude and distribution between contacting or impacting surfaces. When placed between the surfaces it permanently […]
June 3, 2011

Capital Safety Announces i-Safe 3.0

Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA™ and PROTECTA® brands of fall protection equipment, announces the launch of the i-Safe™ 3.0 Intelligent Safety System. The system is a significant upgrade to the existing i-Safe™ 2.0 system, which was launched in 2006. Capital Safety’s i-Safe became the first radio frequency identification (RFID) system dedicated to fall protection […]
June 3, 2011