Archives August 2013


August 2013


A digital camera can be a powerful tool in giving a total ‘snapshot’ of your maintenance practices

More than just for crew photos, a digital camera can be a powerful tool in giving a total ‘snapshot’ of your maintenance practices.

Technology has become a part of our everyday lives. Use of technology in maintaining wind turbines is a prime example.  One technological tool we use regularly now is a digital camera. You can find a digital camera in nearly everyone’s pocket today. They have been integrated into most cell phones and are permeating all aspects […]
Jack Wallace

Lowering the cost of wind energy through composite technology and quality-by-design

Energy has always been pivotal to the progress and sustainability of civilization. This has never been more true than today and we are facing a unique set of circumstances. The importance of energy security, its cost, and the global requirement for reducing carbon emissions are more pressing than ever.  While solar and wind are really […]
Theo Botha

In drawing up your component transportation playbook, consider choosing an experienced third-party logistics provider

At one point, all companies have internally analyzed the option to have their suppliers own the transportation of components or to manage it themselves. Decisions were made based on resident knowledge of the transportation industry and the final cost of the good sold. These factors are critical when negotiating the transportation scope, but are not […]
Harde Eddison


Winds of Change: Simplified Field Termination of Optical Fiber Cables

Normally, when asking people at trade shows if they know of fiber optic cables, I see hesitance accompanied by some shoulder shrugging, and eyes wandering, frantically trying to find the answers from my booth’s advertising banners.  When people think of fiber optics, they often associate it with the telecommunication industry, the Internet, or telephone cables.  […]
August 19, 2013

Siemens Supplied Turbines, Connection for Largest Offshore Wind Farm

The world’s largest offshore wind power plant, London Array, has been inaugurated. Siemens supplied the 175 wind turbines and the grid connection for London Array. Together with Dong Energy, Siemens will also be responsible for the service of the wind turbines through a long-term agreement. The wind power plant owned, developed and built by a […]
August 8, 2013

Nordex to Close Arkansas Assembly Plant

Nordex SE has announced that the company will cease nacelle production at its Jonesboro, Arkansas, facility after it completes the orders in its current pipeline. The decision was driven by the wind industry’s global overcapacity and the continued uncertainty and instability of the U.S. market. The decision will not impact the current year’s business performance, […]
August 8, 2013

Xcel Energy Plans Significant Increase in Wind Purchases

Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company is seeking approval in New Mexico to purchase almost 700MW of additional wind energy through three purchase agreements, deals that will save Texas-New Mexico customers more than $590 million in fuel costs over 20 years. The wind purchases will come from three facilities to be located in Oklahoma, Texas […]
August 8, 2013

DNV KEMA: Accuracy of Wind Farm Energy Assessments Improving

DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, a global energy consulting firm and authority in testing, inspection and certification, said a study it conducted found that performance predictions for large-scale North American wind energy projects placed in service between 2010 and 2012 were substantially more accurate than for wind farms placed in service between 2001 and 2009. […]
August 8, 2013

Siemens Wind Power Division Selects CEO

Markus Tacke has been appointed CEO of Siemens Energy Sector’s Wind Power division. The forty-eight year old Tacke was scheduled to take the helm August 1. He succeeds Felix Ferlemann who, at 53, left the company by mutual agreement to pursue new career challenges. Tacke studied mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he […]
August 8, 2013

Avanti Achieves GWO Certificate

With a new certification from Lloyd’s, Avanti Wind Systems now meets the demands from the Global Wind Organisation to train and educate operators to work in wind turbines and other workplaces in similar heights. Both the training personnel and the facilities at Avanti Wind Systems, headquartered in Hillerød, Denmark, are now certified after GWO standards […]
August 8, 2013

Nordex Performs Extended Quality Testing

Turbine system performance, safety and service life are frequently determined solely by means of calculations, computer simulations or years of field testing. At its Rostock, Germany production site, Nordex is now employing additional test rigs to check numerous core components of the Generation Gamma and Generation Delta wind turbines under laboratory conditions as well. The […]
August 8, 2013

Sky Harvest to Acquire Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Technology and Manufacturing Facilities

Sky Harvest Windpower Corp. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a vertical axis wind turbine manufacturing and sales business from a private Canadian company in consideration of the issuance of 650,000 shares of its common stock, cash payments totaling $65,000, and the grant of an option to the vendor to acquire […]
August 8, 2013

EU Offshore Wind Grows, but Warning Signs Evident

277 new offshore wind turbines, totaling 1,045MW, were fully grid-connected in Europe during the first six months of 2013. This is double compared to the same period in 2012 when 523.2MW were installed. In addition, 268 foundations were installed and 254 turbines erected, all during the first 181 days of the year. “Offshore wind power […]
August 8, 2013

Vestas Secures Service Contract Renewals for 130MW GDF SUEZ Fleet

Vestas has secured 10-year advanced service contract renewals with GDF SUEZ Energia Italia, which heads the Italian-based energy business of the GDF SUEZ Group, for six wind power plants in Italy with a total capacity of 130 MW—comprising 31 units of V90-2.0 MW and 80 units of V52-850 kW wind turbines. The service contract extensions […]
August 8, 2013

Repower Completes 325MW Offshore Installation

Suzlon Group subsidiary REpower Systems SE have installed the last of the 48 total REpower 6M turbines in the Belgian offshore wind farm Thornton Bank. The customer for this project is the Belgian offshore project development company C-Power, which was set up by four Belgian investors and counts REpower customers RWE Innogy and EDF EN […]
August 8, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Slatercom Offers FAA-certified D1RW Obstruction Lighting System

Slatercom-WCD, located in Salem, Oregon, has announced the availability of the industry-standard Dialight D1RW Series- LED Medium Intensity FAA certified obstruction lighting system, designed to utilize existing xenon flash head cables. Existing xenon medium intensity lighting systems typically use either a five- or six-conductor flash head cable and are noted for being quite troublesome and […]
August 8, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Keen Tucson Brings Protection, Functionality to Jobsites This Fall

Founded on the idea of creating multi-purpose hybrid footwear that combines form and function, KEEN understands that life extends from work to play and everywhere in between. The KEEN Utility line was a natural extension of that idea, bringing versatile and progressive work footwear that stands on its own to men and women everywhere. This […]
August 8, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Sandvik Introduces CoroMill Plura End Mill Tool for Composites Manufacturing

The CoroMill® Plura compression end mill for composites from Sandvik Coromant targets manufacturers machining carbon-fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP). Unlike conventional end milling cutters, the CoroMill Plura tool combines positive and negative helix design to “compress” the top and bottom of the component edge. This minimizes any potential for delamination, a common defect when machining CFRP […]
August 8, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: STAUFF Introduces PPC-04-plus Compact Mobile Hydraulic Tester

STAUFF introduces the PPC-04-plus, the latest generation of hand-held hydraulic testers. The STAUFF PPC-04-plus features robust construction and an oil-resistant rubber coating to withstand impacts, vibration, dust and moisture (protection class up to IP67) and is designed for use in particularly harsh conditions. This compact mobile tester measures pressure, temperature, flow rate, frequency and speed […]
August 8, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: TWR Lighting Offers “All-In-One” Obstruction Lighting Solution

TWR Lighting, Inc./Orga Aviation offers the L450 LED “All-In-One Solution” The new L450 product range of red and red/white, medium intensity LED obstacle lights incorporate the most advanced optical engineering design and LED technology enabling the development of the most cost effective solutions for the medium intensity obstruction light market. The new L450 products are […]
August 8, 2013

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Capital Safety Adds PROTECTA PRO Welder’s Harness and Extends Sealed-Blok SRL Offering

Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA® and PROTECTA® brands of fall protection equipment, recently expanded its already successful product lines—the PROTECTA® PRO™ Welder’s Harness, and the DBI-SALA® Sealed-Bok™ SRL. The PROTECTA® PRO™ Welders Harness is uniquely engineered to endure harsh welding environments. Featuring Modacrylic over Kevlar and Polyester webbing that is both heat resistant and […]
August 8, 2013