Archives September 2012


September 2012


Recently patented innovations address technical problems facing the wind power industry

The value of patents to the wind power industry is evident when studying recent patents. A search for patents related to wind power systems that issued within the past twelve months yielded over 1100 results. These patents cover a broad scope of subject matter, and include many innovations that address the technical and practical problems […]
Kelsey I. Nix

Common workdays provide interesting stories about wind farm construction

Crane Service, Inc has a diverse history since we opened back in 1960 when Emmet Storks opened our first branch in Albuquerque. Our growth was directly related to the growth of Albuquerque. We have been a silent partner in the building and construction of iconic buildings to the less known industries. We pride ourselves in […]
Chris Martin

In-house telephotographic blade inspections reduce repair costs and turbine down time

As we know, wind turbines must be periodically inspected and maintained throughout the twenty plus year life of the turbine. Gearboxes, generators, drive motors, bearings, and electrical components are commonly inspected and maintained on a scheduled basis. Oddly enough, the blades, which are the largest of the operational components and the first critical component that […]
Craig Guthrie

Have a PIP Method in place to plan, identify, and process shipments to deal with damaged cargo

After working 25 years in the supply chain business there are two things that I personally know as true. One: forecasts are almost always wrong and if not you are lucky. And two: no matter how well you plan, secure and protect the shipment, cargo can still be damaged. I’d like to talk on the […]
Michael Graska


Wind Systems magazine applies For BPA Worldwide Business Publication Membership

Wind Systems magazine has applied for business publication membership in BPA Worldwide. The magazine is published by Media Solutions, Inc. (Pelham, AL). BPA Worldwide will track circulation for Wind Systems based on business/distribution, demographics and geographic coverage. The magazine will have 12 months to complete its initial circulation audit. “The strong growth of Wind Systems […]
August 31, 2012

Klüber Lubrication Presents Portfolio of Speciality Lubricants and Services

As the importance of wind power increases, so will the challenges to be met by wind power plants, also in terms of efficiency. Downtime, short maintenance intervals, complex supplier management, high storage costs for lubricants and gear oils are just some of the challenges influencing operators’ success. Klüber Lubrication will present high-quality speciality lubricants and […]
August 31, 2012

Ecotech Institute Announces First Graduating Class

Ecotech Institute, the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in clean technology and sustainability, held its first graduation on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Forty-two students received their associate’s degree, which prepares them for a career in the clean technology industry. The graduates received degrees in Wind Energy Technology, Solar […]
August 31, 2012

AWS Truepower Releases Comprehensive Guide to Wind Resource Assessment

AWS Truepower, LLC, an international leader in renewable energy consulting and information services, announces the release of “Wind Resource Assessment: A Practical Guide to Developing a Wind Project” (Wiley, 2012). The book provides authoritative, practical guidance wind energy planners, managers, developers, tower installers, and others involved in wind monitoring and resource assessment for utility-scale wind […]
August 31, 2012

Availon Certified Authorized Service Provider by Winergy Drive Systems

Availon, Inc, announces that it is now a certified ASP (Authorized Service Provider) for Winergy Drive Systems Corporation, USA. Winergy offers a full range of components for the wind turbine drive train including gearboxes, couplings, and generators. To gain ASP Certfication, a team of Availon’s engineers and technicians attended extensive training at the Winergy Plant […]
August 31, 2012

New Repair Facility Reconditions Worn-Out Or Damaged Cable Lashing Machines

General Machine Products Company, Inc. reintroduces its repair facility dedicated to the reconditioning of the company’s brand of cable lashing machines. Staffed by a team of experts with decades of hands-on experience, GMP’s Lasher Repair Center facility thoroughly inspects, reconditions or replaces worn-out or damaged cable lasher components with original quality parts. Cable lashing machines, […]
August 31, 2012

FT Technologies Opens North American Office

Located in Austin, Texas, FT Technologies announces the opening of its office. Gordon Bease will manage all business operations from this site. “FT Technologies has been very successful in creating a portfolio of established clients in North America, and the N.A. office and operations will capitalize on our geographical proximity to existing and new markets. […]
August 31, 2012

Lord Announces Wind Energy Solutions

LORD Corporation–a global leader in the management of motion, vibration and noise–now offers gearbox bushing and generator mounts for the growing wind turbine industry. According to Susan Alice, LORD National Account Manager, at the request of OEMs, LORD entered the wind energy market by applying technological solutions proven in other industries. “With more than 80 […]
August 31, 2012

CanWEA Commends Quebec’s Vision in Wind Energy

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds the Québec government announcement of a fourth call for tenders for the commissioning of a new 700-MW wind energy block. In issuing this new call for tenders, Québec Premier Jean Charest reaffirms his government’s commitment to renewable energy by seeking to attain the 4,000-MW objective set in its […]
August 31, 2012

2012 World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

AEE announces the 35th anniversary of the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, October 31 – November 2, 2012. The WEEC is recognized as the most important energy event of national and international scope for end users and energy professionals in all areas of the energy field. This year’s keynote […]
August 31, 2012

GE-Tamoin Sign Milestone Wind Turbine Service Agreement with Iberdrola

A consortium including GE and Spanish energy services company Tamoin Energias Renovables signed the largest single GE wind turbine maintenance agreement in Europe with Iberdrola Renovables S.A. of Madrid. The contract with Iberdrola, one of the largest wind energy companies, covers servicing 310 GE wind turbines installed in Spain. The agreement is set for three […]
August 31, 2012

Wind Tower Gearbox Breather is First line of Defense

The heart of a wind tower is a large metallic box filled with specially designed gears, bearings, an input shaft, an output shaft and a couple gallons of highly engineered lubricating oil. It’s the gearbox and its job is to help convert the rotary movement of the impeller blades, into energy. If it’s working well […]
August 31, 2012

Trelleborg Offshore Passive Fire Protection Awarded ISO Accreditation

Leading global developer and manufacturer of polymer and syntactic foam-based solutions for the offshore industry, Trelleborg Offshore, has been awarded the ISO 22899 certification for its passive fire protection material, Firestop. The official certification, which was awarded by the International Organisation for Standardization, confirms that the company’s innovative solution can safely and confidently be used […]
August 31, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: T-Micro: Manufacturing Solutions for Miniature ID Applications

Ingersoll Cutting Tools introduces the T-Micro system specifically designed for the machining of very small internal diameters. The T-Micro system is a 2-piece design, consisting of a sleeve and replaceable carbide inserts. Applications include grooving, profiling, chamfering, face grooving/deep face grooving, threading, and back turning starting at .024” (.6mm). The inserts feature coolant thru capabilities […]
August 31, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ASM Smart Switch Simplfies Current Load Monitoring

NK Technologies introduces the newly re-designed ASM Series Smart-Switch. These self-calibrating switches use the actual load current to set the trip point and provide the simplest way to ensure that a motor is working properly. These current sensing Smart-Switches are self-powered and self-calibrating to speed start-up and minimize installation costs. Three models are available to […]
August 31, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Herguth Laboratories Introduces New Flender Foam Test

Herguth Laboratories, the industry leader in specialized and innovative oil analysis and tribology testing is proud to announce the introduction of its new Flender Foam Test. Critical foaming and air release properties of wind turbine gearbox lubricants are effectively measured and analyzed using the Flender Foaming Test procedure ISO/DIS 12152. Excessive foaming and too slow […]
August 31, 2012

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Alignment Supplies Introduces ALiSENSOR LEVEL 

Greg Knitz, President of Alignment Supplies, Inc., announces the ALiSENSOR™ LEVEL, for super-accurate geometric measurements. The ALiSENSOR™ platform, which is known as Industrial MFi (Made for iPad), is a groundbreaking integration of the iPad and other iOS devices into industrial-grade tools and equipment. The ALiSENSOR™ LEVEL system consists of a sensor unit and an iOS unit […]
August 31, 2012