Archives October 2012


October 2012


Some of the best ideas that have improved working conditions have come from people who have seen things differently

What nuggets of innovation are under our noses, held quietly in the minds of the young men and women who simply wish for a different, yet better way to do their job? Read on to be inspired about the future of the wind industry. Anyone who maintains a wind turbine has a sense that our […]
Merritt Brown

Multi-rotor wind turbines may be a novel solution to increase energy output offshore

Offshore wind turbines continue to grow, with the latest technology having rated powers of six to seven MW, and rotor diameters as large at 150 meters. There are a number of factors driving this growth, in particular the desire to increase the energy capture per offshore support structure. Because of the high fixed cost associated […]
Matthew A. Lackner, Ph.D.

Advanced planning for foul weather is important when moving overweight cargo and assets

It is the end of summer and I am finally taking a break after a busy summer building schedule. As I relax on the beach, I reflect on all the wind components that have been moved. Because of the economic and political environment it has been a robust season. And it is not over yet. […]
Michael Graska

Economic curtailment and its potential impact on wind energy growth following implementation of FERC Rule

Recent regulatory developments continue to further the trend of increased participation by wind energy generators in the forward energy markets. This trend potentially places wind energy generators at greater risk of economic curtailment, which can result in lower investment returns and decreased project development. On June 21, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approved […]
Michael C. Gibbs, Dickson C. Chin


NPS™ 100 Turbines Deliver 98 Percent Availability

Northern Power Systems, a next-generation wind turbine company, announces that its NPS 100 permanent magnet direct drive (PM/DD) wind turbine fleet has achieved more than two million hours of operation. The Company’s 100 kW fleet has been operating at more than 98 percent availability since 2008, which means that turbine owners benefit from high-energy production […]
October 6, 2012

Catch the Wind is Now BlueScout Technologies

Catch the Wind Ltd., providers of predictive Optical Control Systems (OCS) for optimized wind energy generation, announces the complete rebrand of the company, now operating through its wholly-owned subsidiary (formerly Catch the Wind, Inc.) as BlueScout Technologies, Inc. “Our name, BlueScout, is about the future,” said Jo S. Major, Ph.D, President and CEO of BlueScout […]
October 6, 2012

Western Pacific Crane & Equipment Establishes Facility in Hawaii

Western Pacific Crane & Equipment (WPCE) is pleased to announce a new facility in Kapolei, Hawai’i in order to better meet the equipment and maintenance needs of customers in the Pacific Rim region. WPCE is an authorized distributor for Manitowoc, Grove and National Boom Truck that is expanding rapidly throughout the Pacific Rim, the West […]
October 6, 2012