Archives May 2022


May 2022


Wind industry powers forward despite delays, disruptions

While disruptions and delays kept the U.S. wind market from meeting expectations, 2021 still neared records as federal and state leaders helped offshore wind to finally take off.

In 2021, disruptions from COVID-19 affected wind markets around the world. Increasing commodity prices and the meteoric rise in freight costs pressured manufacturing margins and weighed heavily on project economics. Further, supply-chain disruptions delayed projects worldwide but had an acute impact in the U.S., India, and Taiwan. In the U.S., wind-capacity installations were down compared […]
John Hensley

New construction methods for offshore foundations and towers

New wind farms 50 to 100 miles offshore will be supported by either semi-submersible or spar-buoy floating foundations. These foundations and towers, supporting the wind-turbine generator’s nacelle and blades, incorporate new construction methods and materials resulting in lifespans measured in millennia rather than decades or centuries.

Offshore wind farms are at the heart of the world’s new environmentally sustainable floating infrastructures. Their efficient energy output will attract other new floating industries looking for offshore real estate, including desalination and water storage, hydrogen production and storage, liquid-air manufacturing and storage, data-center computing, storage, cooling, and much more. The long-term success of these […]
Andy Filak

How weather-decision support improves safety and reduces risk

Understanding and managing the weather is the key to safe and successful offshore wind projects.

Offshore wind development is booming. Following a significant surge in demand for renewable energy and a growing wind-energy market, developers increasingly shift to offshore locations to capture stronger and faster winds. Several European countries already leverage the powerful offshore winds of the North Sea; China connected close to 17 GW of offshore wind capacity to […]
Anna Hilden


Clean Power Market Report: Growth slows as policy headwinds hold back industry

The American Clean Power Association recently released its Clean Power Market Report Q1 2022, which showed that wind, utility-scale solar, and battery storage sectors installed 6,619 MW of utility-scale clean power capacity — enough to power 1.4 million American homes. The record capacity is largely due to gains in battery storage installation, with storage installations […]
May 26, 2022

EverWind to begin green hydrogen production in Nova Scotia

EverWind Fuels LLC, a developer of green hydrogen and ammonia production, storage facilities and transportation assets, will begin production of green hydrogen in 2025 in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia. EverWind has acquired the NuStar storage terminal in Point Tupper, and plans to expand and develop the Point Tupper site to be the location of a […]
May 5, 2022

BladeBUG robot saves inspection time

A robot called BladeBUG can be deployed to inspect areas of concern on a turbine blade, about half the time it would take to deploy a human rope access technician. Rope access techs traditionally have the job of inspection and repair on wind turbine blades. However, prep time for a team is more than an […]
May 5, 2022

Snap-On reaction arms improve torque access

Torque multipliers are essential when high torque is needed in heavy duty applications including power generation, oil and natural gas, railroad and other critical industries. Snap-on Industrial offers a wide range of reaction arms, a key component of successful torque multiplier application. Reaction arms improve torque access for applications involving heavy duty fleet maintenance, structural […]
May 5, 2022

Collett completes Scotland wind farm phase 1

Collett completed the delivery of thirteen Nordex N133 turbines to Kennoxhead Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Located south of the A70, near the village of Glespin on the Douglas Estate, the site features Nordex N133 onshore wind turbines with an individual blade length of 64 meters and a tip height of no more than […]
May 5, 2022

Avangrid Oregon wind farm begins operations

Avangrid Renewables, LLC, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc.  announced that it has begun operations at its 200-megawatt (MW) Golden Hills wind farm in Sherman County, Oregon. The facility provides enough clean, renewable electricity to Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to power more than 60,000 homes annually. “Delivering on this project represents an important milestone for Avangrid […]
May 5, 2022