Archives April 2013


April 2013


A wind project construction and design checklist for owners

A wind project construction and design checklist for owners to ensure overall safety and meet the project’s economic expectations.

Successful wind projects don’t just happen. They result from the efforts of a large number of talented people over several years. However, the overall success of a wind project can be threatened if successful project development is not followed by successful design and construction. A successful wind construction project can be described as follows: Everyone […]
Julian Bell

Meticulous attention to turbine blades are key elements in a successful maintenance plan

Meticulous attention to turbine blades — paired with a proactive, preventative approach — are key elements in a successful turbine blade maintenance plan.

The basic structure of a blade is made with adhesive, strings, and ropes. If you take a rope and give one end to your dog and you hold onto the other end, you could pull him around the shop. But if you took the same rope and tried to push him with it… Well, I […]
Jack Wallace

Corrosion protection for offshore turbines requires proper resources and painstaking attention to developing an action plan

Corrosion protection for offshore wind turbines, due to constant exposure to a highly corrosive environment, requires proper resources and painstaking attention to developing an action plan.

Multiple parties are involved in the delivery of successful corrosion protection of offshore wind turbines. The steel builder, paint applicator, and paint supplier are all involved in the process. They must work closely together to achieve the best results. Corrosion protection is always the last step of the production process. When a job is behind […]
Anders Voldsgaard Clausen

Success in supply chain management depends on how well you adhere to these seven fundamental laws

Avoid getting caught up in the minutiae. Success in supply chain management depends on how well you adhere to these seven fundamental laws.

Logistics and supply chain management often comes down to how well you execute the fundamentals. No magic here; just the ability to out-execute your completion. I have boiled down these fundamentals into seven laws. How well you adhere to these laws will go a long way in determining how successful your supply chain will be […]
Michael Graska


AWEA Board Selects 15-Year Parks Advocacy Exec Tom Kiernan for CEO Post

WASHINGTON, D.C. — By unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, the American Wind Energy Association announced today that Tom Kiernan has been named as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Kiernan has served as president of the National Parks Conservation Association since 1998. Kiernan will officially take the helm at AWEA on May 28. […]
April 25, 2013

Vestas Receives Its Largest Ever Canadian Turbine Order

Deal includes 20-year service agreement for 299MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project     TORONTO — Vestas has secured a firm and unconditional order for the delivery of 166 V100-1.8MW wind turbines along with a 20-year service and maintenance agreement for the 299 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, a joint venture of EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge. […]
April 8, 2013

Inaugural WIND EXPO in Japan Generates Respectable Interest, Participation

With renewable and green energy sources making global headway in recent years, surging interest has spawned an increasing number of renewable energy conferences and exhibitions. While everyday consumers can make small changes to reduce their carbon footprint, the most marked impact can be seen when the industry starts implementing green technology. In order to stay […]
March 28, 2013

Industry to gather in Chicago for annual WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition

Wind energy industry leaders, academics, and professionals will convene in Chicago on May 5–8 at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition. The 2013 event, which will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center, is expected to draw nearly 600 exhibitors, consisting of manufacturers, developers, contractors, consultants and service providers. According to […]
March 28, 2013

Iron Workers Fill The Needs Of Expanding Wind Energy Sector

With more than 40,000 active wind turbines across the country and new construction in 29 states, the Iron Workers, IMPACT, and the Apprenticeship and Training Department are exhibiting their commitment to Wind Turbine Training in a bid to fill the needs of the constantly expanding green energy sector. Currently, six Iron Worker Local Unions across […]
March 28, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Children’s Book: Talking Turbine Wins Young Hearts and Minds

How do we explain the function and technical aspects of a wind turbine to an inquisitive young child? If you’ve ever wondered, help is at hand in the shape of Spinner the Winner, a new picture book for children. British author Mike Ormsby is based in Azerbaijan. Ormsby said he got the idea for the […]
March 28, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ITL’s IFH-1710 Offers Latest Technology in a Space-Saving Package

International Tower Lighting, LLC’s integrated wind turbine obstruction lighting system, model IFH-1710, utilizes the latest in LED technology and advanced polymer optics to achieve a compact, low-power solution for marking wind turbines. The integrated design of the IFH-1710 requires virtually no space inside the nacelle. Certified to meet FAA requirements for wind turbine farms, the […]
March 28, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Red Dog Mobile Shelters Brings Certified Safe Rooms Wind Industry

Tornadoes and wind turbines all too frequently compete for the same geography throughout the areas of the U.S. known as “Tornado Alley”. Whether it’s a wind turbine or a drilling rig that gets in the way of the average tornado, the outcome is certain. With green energy efforts growing so will be the frequency of […]
March 28, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Hughey & Phillips Now Offering Dual Medium-Intensity LED Strobe System

Hughey & Phillips announces the new HORIZON™ line of medium-intensity strobe LED based obstruction lighting solutions for daytime and nighttime lighting on tall structures such as communication, television and radio towers, wind turbines, smokestacks and other obstructions to aerial navigation. Intertek (ETL) certified and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved, the L-864/865 provides both daytime white […]
March 28, 2013

Siemens Opens World’s Largest Wind Turbine R&D Test Facilities

Siemens Energy has opened two major Research & Development test facilities for wind turbine technology in Denmark. The new test center in Brande features test stands for major components of Siemens wind turbines, including generators, main bearings and complete nacelles. In Aalborg, seven blade test stands are capable to perform full-scale tests of rotor blades, […]
March 12, 2013