Archives March 2014


March 2014


AWEA 4Q Market Report: Record Construction Numbers To Keep Industry Busy

The fourth quarter numbers are in, and they tell of an industry on the move. For American wind energy, 2013 turned out to be a year characterized by industry ramp up.

The big story of 2012 was a record number of megawatts installed—over 13,000, in fact. Meanwhile, the American Wind Energy Association’s recently released Fourth Quarter Market Report showed that 2013 ended with a bang of another kind—in the area of construction starts. At the end of 2013 there were more U.S. wind power megawatts under […]
Carl Levesque

Third-Party Certification Helps Harvest Wind Power’s Full Potential

The global demand for energy, coupled with the desire for more sustainable energy options, has generated increased interest and investment in wind power projects.  From 2002 to 2012, global annual installed wind capacity increased from 7,270 MW to nearly 45,000 MW.   The vast majority of new wind farm capacity is being built in Europe (largely […]
Kevin Wedman, Shannon Hunter

Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management Clears Path For First Offshore Wind Project On West Coast

Principle Power to use floating turbine design for project off the coast of Oregon

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced it will allow Principle Power, Inc. to submit a formal plan to build a 30 MW pilot project using floating wind turbine technology offshore Coos Bay, Oregon. “This pioneering project would demonstrate floating wind turbine technology capable of tapping the rich wind energy resources in deep […]
Casey Gilliam, Kevin Alewine


European O&M Conference in Hamburg Tackles Cost Reduction, Asset Longevity

In January, an international delegation gathered at the 6th Annual O&M Forum in Hamburg to discuss key themes and trends across the O&M field. The meeting was attended by major operators of wind farms including AKUO Energy, Axpo Power, DONG Energy, EDF, EDP Renewables, EnBW, E.ON, ESP, GDF Suez, juwi, Mainstream Renewable Power, RWE Inngogy, […]
March 11, 2014

Whitmore Announces Acquisition Of Fluid Defense Systems

The Whitmore Manufacturing Company recently announced today the acquisition of Fluid Defense Systems, LLC., a manufacturer of fully integrated lubricant storage and handling solutions for industry.Since 2001, Fluid Defense has grown to become the recognized standard in lubricant handling and contamination control for industries ranging from food and beverage production to industrial manufacturing, power generation, […]
March 11, 2014

Report: Increased Renewables Investment Drives Blade Market

The market for wind turbine rotor blades is projected to witness growth driven by increased government funding of renewable power projects, growing energy consumption especially among developing nations, escalating costs of fossil fuel based energy, rising concerns over greenhouse gas emissions, and the resulting need for sustainable alternate sources of energy. A large number of […]
March 11, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SCIGRIP PPX5 Acrylic Adhesive Delivers Bonding Power For Polyolefins

Giving assembly engineers an alternative bonding technology for joining low surface energy thermoplastics such as polypropylene or polyethylene, global adhesives supplier SCIGRIP has developed its PPX5 acrylic-based adhesive that effectively bonds polyolefin substrates with little to no surface preparation or primers required. “The PPX5 adhesive was specifically developed for high-performance bonding of these popular thermoplastic […]
March 11, 2014

UL Dramatically Reduces Duration Of Turbine Power Performance Testing

Favorable wind conditions at new WTAMU facility allowed testing and data collection to be completed in only 29 days, instead of normal 8 to 18 months One month following the opening of an advanced wind turbine test facility at West Texas A&M University, UL announced they have completed the Power Performance testing and data collection […]
March 11, 2014

EDPR Adds GE’s Wind PowerUp To Boost Output

EDP Renewables will use GE’s Wind PowerUp to increase the power output of 402 GE 1.5-77 wind turbines located at five U.S. wind farms. PowerUp is a customized software-enabled platform that increases a wind farm’s output. By using PowerUp, EDPR is expected to increase power, generating more than 420,000 MWh of additional energy each year, […]
March 11, 2014

Mita-Teknik, IPS Ink Distributor Agreement

Mita-Teknik announces authorized distributor agreement with IPS (Integrated Power Services), a leading service provider of electric motors and generators in North America. IPS will provide sales and service support throughout North America for various Mita-Teknik wind turbine retrofits. Mita-Teknik’s retrofits provide cost-effective technology updates to older wind turbines, which are designed to reduce O&M costs, […]
March 11, 2014

Gicon Awarded U.S. Patent For Floating Offshore Foundation

As of January 7, the GICON®-SOF Floating Offshore Foundation is a patented invention in the U.S. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued certificate number 8,622,011 B2 entitled ‘Floating foundation supporting framework with buoyancy components, having an open-relief design‘ that protects the intellectual property of the invention in the U.S. market. Patents already exist […]
March 11, 2014

Hyundai Heavy Industries Installs 5.5 MW Prototype Offshore Wind Turbine—The Largest Ever Installed In South Korea

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading wind turbine supplier, has announced that it completed installation of a 5.5 MW offshore wind turbine prototype on Kimnyeong Wind Farm on Jeju Island, South Korea. The offshore wind turbine, measuring 100-meter hub height and 140-meter rotor diameter, is the largest unit ever […]
March 11, 2014

Vestas’ 8 MW Prototype Takes Distinction Of The World’s Most Powerful Operating Wind Turbine

Vestas’ first V164-8.0 MW prototype wind turbine has successfully produced its first kWh of electricity, making it the worlds’ most powerful turbine in operation. “We have now completed the production, testing, and installation of the V164-8.0 MW as planned, thanks to the team’s intense effort during a time when Vestas has reduced its investments and […]
March 11, 2014