Archives February 2012


February 2012


With the increase in megawatt output, larger turbines and associated components pose maintenance challenges

With the increase in megawatt output, larger wind turbines and associated components pose maintenance challenges. The first in a two-part column addresses technician safety issues.

As the MW output of modern wind turbines continues to scale upward, the components of these machines increase in size. Maintenance tasks associated with replacing critical components that have historically been handled by one technician are now outside the physical limits of a single person. Though some turbine manufacturers are taking a more proactive role […]
Merritt Brown

For logistics experts, years of experience in the field leads to an in-depth knowledge of your profession

For logistics experts, years of experience in the field leads to an in-depth knowledge of your profession. Here are a few hard-earned pointers.

With the New Year comes new resolutions, and like many of you I have made a resolution to lose some weight. My quest led me to read Michael Pollen’s book Food Rules, which provides a healthy approach to food and diet. I really like this concept of “simple to live by” rules, and it got […]
Michael Graska

SKF’s new high-capacity cylindrical roller bearings are designed for gearbox applications

SKF’s new high-capacity cylindrical roller bearings are specifically designed for wind turbine gearbox applications, offering high performance and improved reliability.

SKF has introduced a new version of its high-capacity cylindrical roller bearings in a separable design that enables the separate mounting of inner and outer rings. The new SKF Separable High-capacity Cylindrical Roller Bearing merges the advantages of separate mounting and high load-carrying capacity. In launching this version, SKF builds further on the success of […]
Andreas Urban


David Brown to Participate at Wind Operations and Maintenance Summit 

David Brown’s participation in the 4th Annual Wind Energy Operations and Maintenance Summit April 25-27, 2012, will address the global wind turbine gear industry and examine key themes such as how main transmission failure in wind turbines compares with similar planetary drives in non-wind applications. Also on the agenda is the current state of the […]
February 17, 2012

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

Wind Energy Leaders Recognized by Forbes Magazine

When Forbes Magazine asked readers and energy industry experts the questions, “Who is reinventing the world? Who should you hire today? Who will you be working for in 20 years? Who, in short, under the age of 30, matters?” The answer for the energy industry was clear and included four of wind energy’s brightest stars. […]
February 7, 2012

3B Introduces Products for Turbine Blade Manufacturing

3B-the fibreglass company announces the introduction of a renewed range of reinforcements each designed for specific resin systems and engineered to provide optimum performances for the manufacture of wind turbine blades. The first product in the series to be revealed is Advantex® SE2020, a new single-end roving specifically engineered for epoxy polymer systems utilized in […]
February 7, 2012

Right Angle Gear Drives From Zero-Max

Motion system designers looking for a smooth operating, quiet right angle gear drive will find Zero-Max Crown gear drives the ideal choice. They feature heat treated AGMA Class 10 spiral bevel gears and non-magnetic stainless steel shafts providing long term, maintenance free operation. Zero-Max Crown gear drives feature long-life, precision hardened, and ground ball bearings […]
February 7, 2012

ISO New England Selects GL Garrad Hassan as Wind Power Forecaster

In order to manage wind generation in its real-time and day-ahead markets, the system operator for the New England area of the U.S., ISO New England Inc., has awarded GL Garrad Hassan a two-year contract to provide wind power forecasting services to all wind in the ISO’s footprint, including generation within the states of Connecticut, […]
February 7, 2012

Sandvik Coromant Appoints New Director of Education

Sandvik Coromant has announced the establishment of a new department focused on education. With this change comes a newly appointed director of education in the U.S., John Jacobsen. He previously held the position of director of business intelligence for three years at Sandvik Coromant U.S. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. In his new role he […]
February 7, 2012

Web Conference on Countering Wind Energy NIMBYism

NIMBY is an acronym well-known in all development industries for “Not In My Back Yard.” As the wind energy industry matures, so does anti-wind energy sentiment. NIMBYism is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United Kingdom, and US wind farms are now encountering well-organized opposition and wind energy NIMBYism become more widespread. Arguments that are most […]
February 2, 2012

AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit—Midwest 2012

The Midwest wind power market is strong, and continues to be an anchor for the entire U.S. wind energy industry. Of the over 43,600 MWs of wind capacity installed in the U.S. through October 2011, over 14,600 MWs were installed in Midwestern states – that’s over 30% of total installed capacity. Whether you are already […]
February 2, 2012