Archives July 2013


July 2013


There is no room for complacency or non-compliance among wind energy personnel

With at-height work risks extending beyond individual safety, there is no room for complacency or non-compliance among wind energy personnel.

When working hundreds of feet in the air, with ground level a dangerously long distance down, wearing equipment that either prevents or protects against a free fall seems like a “no-brainer.” However, even the most experienced workers can be complacent, ignoring the proper safety precautions and foregoing fall protection gear as they go about their […]
Oliver Hirschfelder

Ropes and cable-suspended baskets represent viable, efficient access method alternatives

As tower heights — €”and the expense of taller cranes — €”rise, ropes and cable-suspended baskets represent viable, efficient access method alternatives.

I was talking with a fellow passenger on a flight recently and brought up that I work in the wind industry. She asked me: “How do you get up there, to the top?” I told her that all the turbines have a ladder inside and that technicians ascend from within the tower in order to […]
Jack Wallace

Having a systematic ‘Who, What, When, Why, and How’€ data strategy beforehand is critical in assessing project successes and failures

As a wind project ends and groups gather to analyze the outcome of the endeavor, they soon realize they were not capturing all of the data required to fully understand the reasons why the project was a monumental success or an epic failure. Companies who proactively engage in capturing as much data as possible have […]
Harde Eddison


Deepcwind Offshore Turbine Connects to Grid

VolturnUS 1:8, a 65-foot-tall offshore wind turbine prototype, connected to the Central Maine Power Company on June 13, making it the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in North America.The turbine is 1:8th the scale of a 6MW, 423-foot rotor diameter design. It is sited off the coast of Castine, Maine. “Today will constitute a historic […]
July 5, 2013

RES Americas to Construct Phase Two of the Lower Snake River Wind Project

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a leader in the construction of wind and solar projects in North America, is pleased to announce it has been selected as the balance of plant (BOP) constructor for phase two of the Lower Snake River wind farm. Portland General Electric (PGE) announced this week that it has […]
July 5, 2013

Winergy Donates 20-Ton Gearbox to Ecotech Institute

Ecotech Institute recently received a large gearbox for its Wind Energy Technology program, giving students the chance to learn on equipment that many will eventually use in their career. Winergy, a subsidiary of Siemens, donated the 20-ton Eickhoff gearbox, which is a major component in a wind turbine that gears up the rotational speed of […]
July 5, 2013

INTERTEK Completes London Array Cable Management Support

Intertek has successfully completed a long-standing cable package engineering and support contract at London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Now in full operation, London Array is set to provide renewable energy to over half a million British homes each year, and, as part of this extensive project, Intertek provided valuable construction, cable engineering […]
July 5, 2013

Vestas Secures 309MW Service Contract Renewal in Wisconsin

Vestas has secured a four-year service and maintenance renewal from We Energies for a combined 180 wind turbines at three wind power plants in Wisconsin. The renewal contract, which begins late this year, covers 309MW worth of wind turbines at the Glacier Hills, Blue Sky Green Field and Byron sites. “This service contract extension demonstrates […]
July 5, 2013

HELUKABEL Opens Up Global Logistics Center Expansion

HELUKABEL has recently brought their expanded global logistics center in Hemmingen near Stuttgart, Germany online. The $50 million project allowed the company to more than double its warehousing capacity providing a foundation for further growth in the future. The goal of the expansion is to allow HELUKABEL to continue to provide rapid order delivery and […]
July 5, 2013

Seajacks and Samsung Team Up for World’s Largest Offshore Wind Installation Vessel

Seajacks International has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries to build the world’s largest and most advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel. The vessel has been specifically designed to meet the demands associated with working UK Round 3, Scottish territorial waters and the other North West European markets. Seajacks also has options for […]
July 5, 2013

West Texas A&M University and UL Break Ground on Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility

Officials at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), representatives from UL LLC (Underwriters Laboratories) and other dignitaries broke ground for a large scale wind turbine testing facility on June 4 at WTAMU’s Nance Ranch. The ground-breaking ceremony marked a unique collaboration between WTAMU and UL in association with The DEWI Group, a UL company. The entities […]
July 5, 2013

GL Garrad Hassan Project Force to Accelerate Cost Reductions for Offshore Wind

GL Garrad Hassan has launched a project to bring fresh thinking to the design of offshore wind turbines. Project FORCE (turbine optimization FOr Reduced Cost of Energy) will build on GL Garrad Hassan’s expertise in turbine design, control system engineering and structural modeling. The project will systematically consider new technologies that can be applied to […]
July 5, 2013

GE Power Conversion Helps to Build the Future of Wind Power Efficiency

Wind turbine developers will soon have open access to a £50 million testing facility in the UK based on unique and leading-edge technology. The state-of-the-art facility has been specifically designed for full-scale testing of large nacelles. GE’s Power Conversion allows them to develop and build the next generation of wind turbines that will be increasingly […]
July 5, 2013

FusionDrive Factory Validation Complete

After eight months of testing and verification, FusionDrive®, the industry’s most advanced gear and generator combination is now a validated drivetrain. The smallest and most lightweight combo in the market has proven to reach 96.6 percent efficiency, leading to an excellent energy yield. The gear and generator combination, in commercial production for DeWind, is a […]
July 5, 2013

NREL Highlights 2012 Utility Green Power Leaders

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, residential and commercial consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources—such as wind and solar—that diversify our nation’s energy portfolio and protect our air and water. “Participating in utility […]
July 5, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Large Retaining Rings and Wave Springs for Wind Energy

Smalley Steel Ring Company is a leading manufacturer of Spirolox® retaining rings and wave springs for the power generation industry. What makes Smalley different is that they coil the ring or spring in place of stamping it, meaning no tooling is required for manufacturing. Spirolox retaining rings have No Ears to Interfere® with mating components […]
July 5, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SKF Introduces Next Generation Technology for Machine Condition Monitoring

Next generation SKF Multilog IMx on-line monitoring systems introduce advanced technology for a wide range of machine condition monitoring applications. These robust and programmable solutions equip users with a 24/7 monitoring system providing timely and true simultaneous measurements of various operating parameters to guide in improving machine reliability, availability, and performance. All IMx systems are […]
July 5, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ZOV High Energy Varistors From Stackpole

The ZOV Series of metal oxide varistors is a series of epoxy coated square varistors with sizes from 23mm to 60mm. These high-energy varistors come in a single disc, double, triple and quadruple disc versions with pulse current capabilities of up to 80kA. This series offers energy handling up to 4100 Joules with working voltages […]
July 5, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Fast-Drying Mid-Coat to Increase Offshore Wind Tower Production Speed

International coatings manufacturer Hempel announced the launch of HEMPADUR 47300, a new NORSOK-approved epoxy mid-coat that can reduce drying times for offshore wind tower manufacturers by up to 25 percent and help drive down production costs. Specially formulated for offshore wind towers, HEMPADUR 47300 is a new low-solvent epoxy mid-coat that offers vastly improved curing […]
July 5, 2013