Archives September 2020


September 2020


Challenges in implementing offshore wind power

Concern about the availability of rare-earth metals in general and neodymium in particular led a study to develop what-if scenarios for its use in wind turbines through 2050.

Wind power continues to offer a potential alternative approach for generating electricity that is more environmentally friendly. But the severe operating conditions placed on the lubricant in gearboxes needed to convert low-speed wind energy to high-speed energy in the wind turbine have decreased the ability for operating at an optimum level for a long period […]
Neil Canter

A data-driven approach to offshore wind in the U.S.

Avangrid Renewables is deploying cutting-edge technology in order to lay the groundwork for the company’s Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project.

Twenty-seven miles off the coast of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, cutting edge research is under way. Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind, a project of Avangrid Renewables, is making substantial progress on the evaluation of the Wind Energy Area (WEA) that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management competitively awarded to the company in 2017. The […]
Megan Higgins

Powering Canada’s net-zero carbon future

Collaboration, policy, technology, and economic stimulus in the wake of COVID-19 are all variables in the renewables equation that will push Canada to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Canada wants to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and it is pushing those goals with some interesting organizational changes. And while 2050 may feel like it’s a million years away, it’s only 30, so the clock is ticking to get policies in place, and in place quickly. As part of that goal, renewable energy […]
Kenneth Carter


Vestas, MHI strengthen sustainable-energy partnership

Vestas Wind Systems, a world leader in sustainable energy solutions, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., a leading global manufacturing and engineering firm, have signed an agreement to expand their partnership in sustainable energy. The strengthened partnership entails that Vestas will acquire MHI’s shares in the MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW) joint venture and MHI will […]
November 5, 2020

A2Z Drone Delivery launches flagship Rapid Delivery System

A2Z Drone Delivery, LLC, developer of a patented tethered freefall drone delivery mechanism, recently launched its flagship product, the RDS1 (Rapid Delivery System), which maintains a safe hover of up to 150 feet (45.71 meters) while its delivery mechanism controls the payload’s freefall for a safe and accurate touchdown. Offered as a modular add-on system […]
November 5, 2020

DemoSATH floating platform work set to begin

Leading global infrastructure operator Ferrovial has been selected for the manufacturing and assembly of the SATH floating platform in the DemoSATH project lead by Saitec Offshore Technologies in collaboration with RWE Renewables. The construction package will last 14 months and covers site preparation, concrete precasting, procurement of steel bulkheads, and assembly of the floater along […]
November 5, 2020

Clir: Portfolio-wide turbine benchmarking crucial to tracking defects

Clir Renewables, a leading provider of performance assessment software for renewable energy, recently called on asset owners to benchmark the performance of their renewable energy equipment at portfolio, rather than project, scales. While a number of high-profile manufacturers have recently announced losses owing to the repair and replacement of turbines with blade or tower defects, […]
November 5, 2020

Robotic automation of data cleaning optimizes wind park operations

When it comes to wind park operations, data is invaluable — indeed, it is utterly critical to a healthy business. The general consensus in the industry, however, is that that 80 percent of the employee time spent on wind-farm data is used in cleaning it up, while only 20 percent is spent on actual analysis […]
November 5, 2020

Experts to discuss Canada’s energy transition at forum

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is excited to welcome wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage industry leaders and partners at the Canadian Renewable Energy Forum to be held virtually November 9-10, 2020. The Canadian Renewable Energy Forum builds on the legacy of long-established annual wind and solar energy industry events in Canada and […]
October 29, 2020

WindEnergy Hamburg to go virtual December 1-4

WindEnergy Hamburg will not be on the Hamburg exhibition campus this year. Instead, Hamburg Messe und Congress plans to host a fully digital event in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its global impact on trade fairs and international traveling. “Following extensive consultations with our co-organizer, WindEurope, our partners VDMA, BWE and GWEC, and the […]
October 7, 2020

Industry veterans strengthen Avangrid’s wind leadership

Avangrid Renewables, a leading developer of utility-scale solar, onshore and offshore wind projects, recently announced the appointment of Bill White as head of U.S. offshore wind and Sy Oytan as deputy CEO of Vineyard Wind. Through its partnership with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Avangrid Renewables is jointly developing Vineyard Wind, the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind […]
October 7, 2020

GWO training increases by 56% in North America

Global Wind Organisation (GWO) training providers in North America returned to action quickly after COVID-19 lockdown eased, with courses in the first six months of 2020 increasing by 56 percent compared to the same period in 2019. The results are published in GWO’s Half Year Report, Training in the Pandemic, which reveals that while activity […]
October 7, 2020

Sentient Science, Croda partner for wind asset life extension

Croda International Plc, which uses smart science to create, make, and sell specialty chemicals that improve lives, recently announced a new partnership with Sentient Science for the recommended use of Croda’s Rewitec additives for wind-turbine gearboxes and main bearings. In 2019, Croda acquired Rewitec GmbH and began to offer Energy Technologies customers nano- and micro-particle-based […]
October 7, 2020

Natural Power serves as Independent Engineer on Amadeus Wind Project

Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, was recently appointed by BayWa r.e. Wind LLC as Independent Engineer of Record for its 250-MW Amadeus Wind project north of Rotan, Texas, currently under construction. “We appreciate the opportunity to serve as Independent Engineer on Amadeus in support of tax equity and construction debt financing,” […]
October 7, 2020

Brüel & Kjær Vibro introduces new portable vibration analyzer

Brüel & Kjær Vibro, one of the leading worldwide independent suppliers of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery, has launched the VIBROPORT 8000 (VP-8000) Portable Vibration Analyzer for rotating and reciprocating equipment. The new VP-8000 is a specially configured and packaged version of Brüel & Kjær Vibro’s VC-8000, which is an internationally renowned machinery protection […]
September 4, 2020

HARTING celebrates 75 years of driving technologies

For 75 years now, the HARTING Technology Group has been driving technological change and providing decisive impetus for the future. The vision formulated in 1996 by the owner family “We want to shape the future with technologies for people” remains the guiding star of our entrepreneurial activities. September 1 marked the 75th anniversary of the […]
September 4, 2020

American wind power moves forward despite 2Q challenges

The U.S. wind industry installed more than 2,500 MW of new wind power capacity in the second quarter of 2020, bringing total American capacity to nearly 110,000 MW, according to the newly released Wind Powers America Second Quarter Report 2020. The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) report reveals that many U.S. wind developers managed to get […]
September 4, 2020

BAR, Chartwell vessels rubber stamped by ABS for U.S. operations

World-leading naval architects, BAR Technologies, and Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, have been awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design and construction of the innovative new BAR 30-meter crew transfer vessel (CTV). This AiP is a further stepping-stone toward an advanced, class-certified, Jones Act […]
September 4, 2020

Siemens Gamesa wins big in Texas with 325-MW project

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded two new onshore wind project sites in Texas with a total installed capacity of 325 MW. The projects include the supply of 65 SG 5.0-145 wind turbines and a multi-year service agreement. Deliveries are expected to begin in the summer of 2021 with the two sites getting […]
September 4, 2020