Archives August 2012


August 2012


Crane business is booming in Texas

Crane business is booming in Texas and this company provides fast response, skilled workers, and safety to get the job done.

In the past decade, Justin Moffett has seen significant changes in the wind energy market. From his home base in Sweetwater, Texas, Moffett says wind turbines dot the horizon in every direction. Row upon row of turbines that were once considered a nuisance to the local citizens are now just part of the landscape.    […]

How we can make our hazards more conspicuous and safer

In an effort to reduce hand and arm injuries, we should learn from the research on high visibility clothing and how we can make our hazards more conspicuous and safer.

In my earlier days of working in power generation facilities, it was common policy to give the new guy a bright red hardhat so that everyone else could look out for him and help him learn the ropes of the facility. Though such a policy may have inadvertently sanctioned the amusing initiation of a new […]
Merritt Brown

Fluid-structure interactions in floating offshore wind turbines are among the most critical studies needed

While onshore wind energy has been the world’s fastest growing energy source for more than a decade, there is an increasing interest in using offshore wind turbines especially in deep water. The interest is mainly because of higher and more consistent wind speed offshore: no size limitation on the blade size due to the road […]
Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi, Ph.D.

Association and member companies work on transporting topics and permitting processes for wind industry

Since 1948, member companies of the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) have built a reputation for lifting, hauling and positioning massive items with precision and accuracy. Additionally, the association’s Allied Industries members produce the specialized equipment, professional engineering, insurance, legal counsel and other products and services that make such monumental tasks possible. SC&RA member […]
Terry White


Cape Wind Ready to Build

Cape Wind Associates announces it plans to base its wind farm operations on Falmouth Harbor, in another step toward building the more than $2.7 billion Cape Wind offshore wind project. The development firm said it signed a purchase and sales agreement earlier this week for the East Marine boat yard, located on Falmouth Heights Road. […]
August 24, 2012

Moventas Rolls Out Up Tower Repair Service

Moventas, one of the world’s leading wind gear manufacturers, is expanding its up-tower service globally after a successful track record in North America. up tower repair significantly lowers wind farm O&M costs, hence making wind power even more competitive than before. Developed by Moventas’ U.S.-based engineers and following a year of successful up tower full-helical […]
August 6, 2012

Congressman Calls for PTC Extension

On the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) offered amendments calling for immediate action to prevent the imminent collapse of the wind energy industry and the loss of 37,000 American jobs, including 1,000 in California. The fast growing wind industry is crucial to securing energy independence and employs over 75,000 […]
August 6, 2012

HUSUM WindEnergy 2014 Already Half Sold-Out

The major companies in the wind industry have decided to go with HUSUM WindEnergy in 2014. Today, two years before the leading international wind trade fair in 2014, bookings have already been taken for half the exhibition space. Before the 2012 exhibition opens its doors in almost three months, the organizers are completing a variety […]
August 6, 2012

Romax Redesigns Gearbox with DOE

Romax has signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to perform a major redesign of the research gearbox for the dynamometer testing facility at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The gearbox will be redesigned by this summer and rebuilding will commence later in 2012.  Engineering and drafting […]
August 6, 2012

Suzlon Group Announces Executive Board Appointments to REpower

The Supervisory Board of REpower announces the appointment of Marcus A. Wassenberg as Chief Financial Officer, and Vinod R. Tanti as Chief Operating Officer. Tulsi Tanti, Chairman of Suzlon Group and Chairman of REpower’s Supervisory Board, said, “For some time now we have been looking to both strengthen REpower’s Executive Board and also leverage some […]
August 6, 2012

Encorp Helps Complete Nation’s Most Advanced Microgrid Project

Encorp LLC, a distributed energy control company, recently completed the integrated monitoring and controls system as part of a first-of-its-kind smart microgrid at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Calif. The microgrid, developed by Chevron Energy Solutions, is among the most advanced in the country. It integrates a diverse collection of onsite renewable energy sources at […]
August 6, 2012

NJC Wind Technology Program Begins Fifth Year

Northeastern Junior College (NJC) in Sterling, CO, is beginning its fifth year of wind technology training programs. Situated in an area, which is a hot bed for wind development with more than 800 megawatts produced wind energy in an 80-mile radius of the school and two more sites going up this summer that will be […]
August 6, 2012

Spectro, Inc. Expands Global Sales and Support Organization in China

Spectro, Inc., one of the largest worldwide suppliers of oil and fuel analysis instruments to industry and military markets, has established a local sales and support office in Beijing, China under the leadership of China Sales Manager Alex Shi. Shi previously held the roles of account manager at 3M Corporation, project manager at Sinovel Wind […]
August 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New SKF Reinforced All-Rubber HSS Radial Shaft Seals

New SKF reinforced all-rubber HSS radial shaft seals introduce improved solutions for reliable protection against contaminant and extended service life for large-size bearings in wind turbine drivetrains. These high performance seals are designed for easy installation or uptower replacement during planned maintenance procedures. For new designs their minimal space requirements allow for smaller and lighter […]
August 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hughey & Phillips Introduces New LED Obstruction Lighting Solution

Hughey & Phillips (H&P) new HORIZONTM line L-810 low-intensity products provide an LED based solution for the FAA L-810 steady burning lights and can be powered using a solar array for renewable energy applications. The HORIZONTM line of LED obstruction lighting is the next expansion of H&P’s obstruction lighting portfolio. The HORIZONTM L-810 is a […]
August 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Castrol Introduces Performance Biolubes Product Line

Castrol Industrial North America, Inc. announces the launch of the Performance Biolubes product line. The Performance Biolubes technology platform adds a range of bio-based lubricants, and metalworking fluids to Castrol’s existing line of lubricants supplied to the aviation, industrial manufacturing, marine and energy markets. Initially these products will be available in North America with plans […]
August 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Timken Online Intelligence System Provides Preventative Solutions

The Timken Company’s Online Intelligence System (OIS) identifies potential bearing and gear issues before they become major problems for wind turbine owners. With operating conditions that change as frequently as the wind, mechanical equipment used in wind turbine applications encounters variable speeds, loads, temperatures and more, making it difficult to consistently and accurately monitor the […]
August 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Parker Launches Two-Phase Evaporative Cooling Solution

Parker Hannifin Corporation unveils the first in a series of stand-alone cooling units for cooling down tower power converters in 1.5 – 8.0 MW sized wind turbines. The 50 KW capacity cooling unit on display at the show, is targeted for 1.5-2.5MW sized wind turbines, and will be followed by additional models with cooling capacities […]
August 6, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Trendelkamp Introduces Lifts

Trendelkamp introduces its new personnel and maintenance lifts for towers (inside) and a newly designed blade access platform (360°) for easy access and service on blades and wind energy facilities.    Due to its modular design the lifts, (lift capacity of 660 lbs.) with an easy access sliding door can be assembled on site in […]
August 6, 2012