Archives January 2012


January 2012


A post warranty preventative maintenance program, coupled with predictive maintenance, will reap benefits for owner/operators

Establishing your own post warranty preventative maintenance program, coupled with predictive maintenance, will reap benefits for owner/operators.

One of the leading reasons why wind energy development is such an attractive investment opportunity today is that if developed, operated, and maintained appropriately the project will have a relatively short payback period with a long future of profit generation. This presumes that the turbine is operated efficiently for its 20-year life, that major components […]
Merritt Brown

Variability is the ‘ghost in the machine’€ when it comes to supply chain efficiency

Variability is the ‘ghost in the machine’€ when it comes to supply chain efficiency. Learning what the variations are will increase your chances of incurring unnecessary delays.

I was attending a supply chain networking event recently when the discussion turned to problems within supply chains. Several of the senior executives at the table were complaining about spending millions on software and other technologies and still not seeing the results they’d expected. A friend at the table who knew my background asked what […]
Michael Graska

Proper maintenance procedures will prolong the lifespan of your wind turbines and related components

Proper maintenance procedures will prolong the lifespan of your wind turbines and related components, and new technologies are being developed to simplify the process.

In the wind power industry, the sheer diversity in the design and size of wind turbines represents a challenge for the growing number of service companies offering maintenance and repair. Individual turbine power has increased as well as the number of wind turbine installations. Wind turbines are normally designed for an operational life of 20 […]
John Skiller


Crane Service Installs 68-ton Shunt Reactor

Crane Service, Inc., was in charge of offloading a 136,000-lb shunt reactor at the Tucson Electric Power wind park located near Deming, New Mexico. In this project they used a Tadano-Faun ATF220G-5 (250 ton) class crane to hoist a shunt reactor off a transport trailer. After offloading the shunt reactor they immediately placed it on […]
February 7, 2012

Mexico Wind Power Finance & Investment 2012

Register now for the Mexico Wind Power Finance & Investment 2012 from March 26-28, 2012 in Mexico City, D.F. This program will explore the burgeoning Mexican wind market, giving you both an evaluation of the market and potential business models as well as an introduction to the government officials, financiers, and vendors you need to […]
January 20, 2012

Maxwell Technologies Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell

Maxwell Technologies, Inc., CEO David Schramm (above center) rang the market closing bell on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at NASDAQ’s MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square. Maxwell was honored in the closing ceremony for its 28 years of participation on the stock exchange and its profile of innovation and leadership that exemplifies a NASDAQ […]
January 4, 2012

Castrol Industrial Secures Agreement with Siemens

Castrol Industrial has signed a purchase agreement with Siemens Wind Power to use the company’s flagship gear oil, Castrol Optigear Synthetic X 320. The award of the new contract has been the impetus for Castrol Industrial starting up the production of Castrol Optigear Synthetic X 320 at its U.S. manufacturing plant in Warminster, Pennsylvania, to […]
January 4, 2012

Travelers Forms Dedicated Clean Energy & Technology Practice

The Travelers Companies, Inc., which has been offering insurance products and risk management services for clean energy and technology businesses for more than two decades, announces the formation of its Clean Energy & Technology Practice. This new practice creates a streamlined source of clean energy and technology-focused insurance products, and risk and claim management resources. […]
January 4, 2012

New Vice President/GM at NAES Power Contractors

NAES Corporation announces the addition of William “Will” Day as vice president and general manager of the NAES Power Contractors office in Hillsboro, Oregon. He is responsible for all activities for NAES Power Contractors emanating from the Hillsboro office. Day has over 30 years’ experience in the generation industry. Before joining NAES he served as […]
January 4, 2012

Mortenson and enXco Partnership to Build 19th Wind Project

Mortenson Construction, a leading North American renewable energy contractor, was recently selected by San Diego-based developer enXco—an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company—for the construction of the Pacific Wind Project. Located on the south slope of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County California, the 8,500-acre project will generate 140 megawatts of wind power, which is enough energy […]
January 4, 2012

Innovative Gearbox Concept Analysis from Romax

Romax Technology is pleased to announce the availability of release R14.0 of the precision bearing, gearbox, and driveline simulation and analysis software, RomaxDesigner, and wind turbine drivetrain specific variant, RomaxWind. The release includes many productivity and feature enhancements and introduces the innovative new Concept Modeller module option. The Concept Modeller module revolutionizes the speed with […]
January 4, 2012

Wind Energy Services Expands Services and Workforce

One segment of the wind energy business that is not stagnating is onsite service and maintenance of wind generation equipment, according to Wind Energy Services Company (WES), a specialist in composite components such as blades, nacelles, and nose cones. The company announces that it has expanded service offerings to meet the evolving needs of wind […]
January 4, 2012

GE Software Powers Research on Efficient Wind Energy Production

GE announces that it is working with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to investigate ways to improve wind farm productivity and efficiency. The results of the study will directly contribute to future product and service designs. The project is part of a larger Department of Energy (DOE) investment of $9 million to an IIT-led consortium […]
January 4, 2012

Capital Safety Ownership Changes

Capital Safety announces its acquisition by KKR, a leading global investment firm, from Arle Capital Partners, which had owned the company since 2007. KKR has signed an agreement to pay $1.12 billion for the company, with transfer occurring in January 2012, subject to mandatory regulatory approvals. Under its previous owner Capital Safety doubled its revenues […]
January 4, 2012

Barrick Inaugurates Punta Colorada Wind Farm in Chile

At an inauguration ceremony held in northern Chile in November Barrick Gold Corporation marked the official opening of the Punta Colorado Wind Farm, the largest wind farm ever built by a mining company in the country. The event was attended by the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, the ministers of Mining and […]
January 4, 2012