Archives July 2021


July 2021


Technology, infrastructure key to U.S. offshore success

Offshore wind is vital to President Biden’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S., but challenges such as LCOE decreases, supply chain issues, protracted regulatory approvals, and the continued need for investment to upgrade the onshore transmission network remain.

The Biden administration made news earlier this year with a bold pledge to reduce the United States’ carbon emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030. This target more than doubles the country’s prior commitment under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement when the Obama administration set out to cut emissions 26 to 28 percent below […]
Ragnhild Katteland

Turbines and fire risk

As more and more wind turbines are being built, dealing
with the possibility of a turbine fire should be an important step for the wind-farm owner-operator.

The wind industry is undergoing a period of unprecedented growth as part of the nation’s efforts to fully decarbonize the U.S. energy system by 2035. Tens of thousands of wind turbines are expected to be installed over the next few years — and with this boost in numbers comes both an increase in expected frequency […]
Angela Krcmar

Safe continued operation of wind turbines

After 20 years, most wind-energy converters (WEC) reach the end of their design life. Where subsequent repowering is not an option, operators must assess whether continued operation may be a viable alternative to dismantling.

For design reasons, most wind-energy converters (WEC) have a design life of 20 years. At the end of this period, owners or managers can choose whether to either dismantle or repower the WEC, or continue its operation. Dismantling is the inevitable option in the long term, when servicing and maintenance costs of the WEC exceed […]
Christian Schumacher, Florian Weber, Paul Taylor


American Clean Power Association, U.S. Energy Storage Association to merge

The boards of directors of the American Clean Power Association (ACP) and the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) will merge the two trade associations to combine their staff, programs, and members. The merger will bring together the diverse membership and talented team members of ESA with the resources and reach of ACP. Additionally, it will […]
July 29, 2021

Vestas wins 92-MW order in the U.S.

Vestas has received a 92 MW order to power an undisclosed wind project in the U.S. The project consists of 22 V150-4.2 MW turbines. The order includes supply, transport, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to ensure optimized performance of the asset. […]
July 7, 2021

DLM’s saddleback holdback tensioner used for subsea cable                            

Dynamic Load Monitoring Ltd. of Southampton, U.K., has expanded its range of line tension measurement technology with a new device for measuring tension and creating holdback force on a single piece of subsea cable. The product, which combines the established Saddleback product from DLM’s catalog with an additional hold back tension element, is being primarily […]
July 7, 2021

Cerulean Winds names NOV as delivery partner in offshore plan 

Green infrastructure developer Cerulean Winds has named NOV as the first of its delivery partners for the fabrication of its proposed integrated 200-turbine floating wind and hydrogen development off the coast of Scotland. The arrangement would establish NOV as the exclusive provider of floating and mooring systems in support of the venture, which would have […]
July 7, 2021

WRISE launches Speakers Bureau to support increased diversity

Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainability (WRISE) launched its new Speakers Bureau today. The Speakers Bureau is a public, searchable database of qualified speakers willing to speak, present, and engage on renewable-energy topics. The database will be an invaluable resource for conference and event organizers seeking to bring more diverse perspectives into the public discourse […]
July 7, 2021

UAT announces vertical-helix wind-turbine testing

Umbra Applied Technologies Group, Inc., a subsidiary Umbra Applied Technologies, recently announced that its proprietary, advanced wind turbine will begin undergoing field testing within the next 90 to 120 days. Dubbed the V-HET, the high-tech vertical helix turbine is constructed of aluminum, carbon fiber, additional composite materials, and steel, making each unit robust enough to […]
July 7, 2021