Archives August 2018


August 2018


STATE SPOTLIGHT: Wyoming – Harnessing wind’s potential

Wind power is on the verge of turning Wyoming into a major player in the field of renewable energy.

Wyoming has some of the best wind in the country, but the Cowboy State’s contribution to renewable energy has been sporadic at best, ranking it 16th in the nation of wind energy production, according to a recent study by the University of Wyoming. That study’s ranking translates to roughly less than 1,500 MW of wind […]
Kenneth Carter

MARKET OUTLOOK: Balancing advancements and risk

While there are still a number of risks for project owners to consider, what’s clear is that renewables projects are seemingly trending toward more advanced technologies at lower costs.

Greater decarbonization efforts are driving the continued advancement of clean power. As a result, cost-competitive renewable technologies — such as solar and wind — are increasingly being incorporated into the global electricity grid. By 2040, the share of all renewables in total power generation is expected to reach 40 percent — by which time the […]
Jessica Williams

MARKET OUTLOOK: East Coast Offshore Wind Outlook

When it comes to the offshore wind industry, progress is being made with a regional approach.

There is no question that 2018 is emerging as a watershed year for the offshore wind energy industry in the U.S., with several large wind farms having their site plans approved and states increasing their commitments and goals for offshore wind energy. In the midst of this energy and excitement, we need to keep in […]
Liz Burdock

MARKET OUTLOOK: The Wind Revolution

Forecasts and trends show American wind power is on track to supply 10 percent of the country’s electricity by 2020.

t turns out that tapping into a free and abundant natural resource that exists everywhere is among the cleanest and most efficient ways of producing electricity. Investments and innovations over the past decade have brought wind’s costs down to their lowest levels ever — 66 percent cheaper than in 2009 — making wind power a […]
John Hensley

Significant energy benefits

Sine pumps optimize high viscosity resin delivery for Enercon, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers.

One of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, Enercon, is using MasoSine SPS sinusoidal pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group to optimize the delivery of protective impregnating resin at its Magdeburg production facility in Germany. These robust and efficient positive displacement pumps were selected for their powerful suction capability. Ring generators Among the core wind-turbine […]
Russell Merritt

A Foundation of best practices

Understanding what to look for today can save millions tomorrow when it comes to inspections and maintenance of turbine foundations.

As our fleet of wind turbines continue to age, understanding the structural integrity of its foundations becomes increasingly important. With millions of fatigue cycles annually, the punishment foundations must withstand is immense. When constructed properly and maintained within engineering specifications, the foundations are up to the task. However, when subjected to neglect, the minor deficiencies […]
Jesse Tarr


Spanish startup developing bladeless turbine

Vortex Bladeless, a Spanish R&D startup under a H2020 program of the European Commission is developing a new kind of wind turbine without blades nor gears that does not rotate but oscillates. This new technology brings exciting advantages: harmless to birds, no mobile parts in contact, silent movement, low maintenance, no oil needed, no wastes […]
September 19, 2018

Offshore wind summit in Virginia

The Southeastern Wind Coalition is pleased to provide information about an exciting event in the offshore wind industry. The one-day 2018 Virginia Offshore Wind Executive Summit brings together the supply-chain business community with federal and state government officials to accelerate Virginia’s inclusion of large-scale offshore wind within the state’s energy mix.  Join Virginia Gov. Ralph […]
September 10, 2018

Ingeteam develops new offshore conversion architecture

Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, recently announced an in-house R&D study that allowed them to work out the optimal electrical power conversion designs for offshore wind turbines up to 15 MW. The research, taking into account the complex set of parameters at play in LCOE, enabled the company […]
September 10, 2018

Ecotech Institute to host special event

Renewable energy career-training college Ecotech Institute invites the community to attend its “Crash-A-Class” event Saturday, August 18, 2018. Ecotech Institute is a college dedicated to preparing graduates for careers in the energy industry. Open to the community, this free event will feature complimentary lunch and offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience what it’s like […]
August 7, 2018

New Mexico one step closer to largest wind farm in the western hemisphere

Pattern Development joined New Mexico officials to recognize the job creation and other economic benefits of the state’s growing wind energy industry. Construction is mobilizing around the Grady Wind project, a 221-MW project in Curry County. Officials included State Senator Pat Woods, Cabinet Secretary of the State of New Mexico Energy Minerals Natural Resources Department […]
August 7, 2018

Vestas partners with gearbox manufacturer ZF

As part of Vestas’ Service strategy to optimize the performance of wind-energy assets, Vestas is expanding its partnership with leading gearbox provider ZF to offer global service solutions for customers’ gearboxes. By expanding the partnership with ZF, Vestas will offer customer solutions that can lower repair costs, decrease downtime, and limit additional future repairs. Leveraging […]
August 7, 2018