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Archives January 2019


January 2019


Where Bolting Meets Safety

The correct tools in a wind technician’s arsenal can greatly enhance a safe work environment while maintaining joint integrity.

With operator safety at the forefront of all industrial operations across the globe, tooling manufacturers are presented with the opportunity to create equipment with unique, innovative safety features to service the demanding safety-conscious needs of the market. U.K.-headquartered OEM, HTL Group, is a long-serving innovator to the controlled bolting sector with its constant evolutions of […]
Faye Mann

Meeting the challenges of bolts and torque

Bolt installation in wind turbines can range from the simple to the complex, so it’s important to know the pros and cons of all methods used.

Depending on the maker, a wind-turbine installation can include 25,000 bolts or more. These bolts follow different journeys to their final destination where correct installation is critical in order to keep these massive structures safely functional in high-load situations. Whether the bolts are parts of an assembly put together in the factory, installed by technicians […]
Ken Maio

Giving clean energy a second wind

With the innovative use of Lidar, it’s possible to extend a wind farm’s life.

In a highly forested area of Sweden, the landscape is studded by wind turbines whose stately blades are slowly turning under the watchful eye of what appears to be an electronic sheep. This is the light detecting and ranging (Lidar) device from Wood. It is helping the owners of this particular wind farm to better […]
Alan Mortimer


ZX Lidars achieves world-first wind Lidar measurements from a drone

Leading wind Lidar developer, ZX Lidars, has successfully demonstrated the use of Drone Wind Lidar to accurately measure the wind in what is believed to be a world-first. ZX Lidars provides vertical and horizontal profiling wind Lidars to accurately measure wind conditions remotely and above or ahead of their installed position. These accurate, independent wind […]
January 28, 2019

Jack-up vessel ‘Seafox 5’ joins the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier fleet

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier recently made an agreement with the Seafox International Group for the acquisition of a 51 percent ownership in the jack-up vessel Seafox 5. By this move, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will include this vessel under its commercial, technical, and administrative management as an integral part of their fleet of jack-up vessels for offshore […]
January 7, 2019

Alberta energy procurement will create jobs in rural areas

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) commends the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the Government of Alberta for its continuing success in attracting some of the lowest prices ever seen for wind energy generation in Canada. This news comes with the recent announcement of contracts for Rounds Two and Three of the Alberta Renewable […]
January 7, 2019

Vestas receives 202 MW order featuring tallest turbines in U.S.

Vestas has received an order for 56 V136-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimized Mode for an undisclosed wind project in the U.S. With 112-meter-tall towers and a tip height of 180 meters, the project will be the tallest in the U.S. Deploying taller towers unlocks new and previously unharnessed wind-resource areas and […]
January 7, 2019

Apex Clean Energy sells Sugar Creek Wind

Apex Clean Energy recently announced the sale of Sugar Creek Wind to a wholly owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. The advanced-stage 202 MW project is in Logan County in central Illinois. In fall 2018, Apex secured a long-term contract with the Illinois Power Agency to provide renewable energy certificates to utilities in […]
January 7, 2019

Project to reduce risk, O&M costs of turbine blades

The Danish Government Scheme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program has awarded financial support to the CORTIR project proposed by a partnership of 21 industry companies and two universities headed up by Bladena ApS. The total budget for the project is 3.9 million euros and the EUDP support is 51 percent. CORTIR – Cost […]
January 7, 2019