Archives February 2023


February 2023


Wind-Turbine Fire Risk: The Time to Act is Now

Industry attitude toward managing avoidable problems such as fire damage lacks rigor, but the time to change this attitude is now, on the eve of historic development in the wind sector.

Wind turbine fires are relatively rare. But when turbines do catch fire, the ensuing spectacle of rotating flames and falling debris is impossible to ignore. Less transparent, though, is industry-wide data on details such as how many turbines burn down and the full cost of damages when they do. Most often, these facts are known […]
Ross Paznokas

How to Refresh Offshore Wind’s Hiring Strategy to Avoid Project Delays

Across the renewables industry, creating an ample pipeline of talent remains a work in progress, with the pressure set to increase as markets grow in line with global ambitions.

Historically, offshore wind developers have relied nearly entirely on exporting expertise from Europe to fill open vacancies in developing markets. But exponential growth expected from emerging markets such as North America, Taiwan, and Japan will put a squeeze on talent. Last year, the Global Wind Energy Council estimated 3.3 million direct offshore wind energy supply […]
Jordan Mason

AI Applications in Wind-Energy Systems

Artificial intelligence can help the wind-energy sector address challenges and offer immediate improvements on several fronts.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been receiving a lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason; this technology has the potential to revolutionize nearly every industry. The renewable-energy sector is no exception. In 2021, the World Economic Forum published a paper discussing how AI could be harnessed to accelerate the transition to renewable energy, […]
Rene Morkos


Shoreline Wind names new COO

Shoreline Wind, the wind energy leader in design simulation, construction and O&M solutions, announced it has appointed David Tuohy as Chief Operating Officer. This latest move strengthens the company’s leadership team, bringing into the fold an experienced executive with a proven international track record in scaling energy software platforms. The move also capitalizes on what […]
March 7, 2023

Vestas completes converter, controls sale to KK Wind

The sale of Vestas’ converters and controls business has been completed and marks the transfer of Vestas’ three converters and controls factories to KK Wind Solutions. Around 600 of Vestas’ experienced and skilled colleagues will join KK. “I’m very excited about the next chapter of our partnership with KK Wind Solutions, and I look forward […]
March 7, 2023

GE Renewable Energy approves Lidar ZX TM

GE Renewable Energy has approved the use of the nacelle-based Continuous Wave scanning Lidar ZX TM from Lidar OEM ZX Lidars for power performance testing. Within the past year, the International Electrotechnical Commission released the standard IEC 61400-50-3, Use of nacelle-mounted lidars for wind measurements. In anticipation of and response to this new standard, GE […]
March 7, 2023

Vestas to supply South Korea offshore wind project

Vestas has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Korea South-East Power Company (KOEN) for the 600 MW Wando Geumil offshore wind project in Wando-Gun, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. If the project materializes, Vestas will supply and install 40 units of the V236-15.0 MW turbine. Vestas will also deliver 20 years of operation and maintenance […]
March 7, 2023

Vaisala integrates lightning data into weather suite

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements, has announced the integration of lightning data from Vaisala’s Global Lightning Dataset GLD360, part of its Xweather suite of weather and environmental data services, into its Helideck Monitoring System. Built to meet the demands of challenging offshore environments, Vaisala’s Helideck Monitoring System uses thunderstorm and […]
March 7, 2023

U.S. rule change equips offshore wind developers for faster growth

Last month, the Biden administration set out new streamlined regulation for offshore wind development as it chases its highly ambitious installation target of 30 GW by 2030. In the first major regulatory shakeup since 2009, the U.S. Interior Department will offer more flexibility on survey requirements, reform lease auctions, and improve the verification of project […]
February 28, 2023

SKF cartridge pump simplifies lubrication

SKF has developed a compact cartridge pump that provides effective lubrication to applications such as small agricultural and construction machinery. The pump, called AECP,  automatically lubricates up to 22 lubrication points making it more time and cost-effective – than manual methods. The pump dispenses grease from standard tubes that are widely available from distribution or […]
February 7, 2023

Emerson launches Ovation Green portfolio

Emerson has combined its power expertise and renewable energy capabilities into the Ovation Green portfolio to help power generation companies meet the needs of customers navigating the transition to green energy generation and storage. By uniting the recently acquired Mita-Teknik software and technology with its own Ovation automation platform, renewable energy knowledge base cybersecurity solutions and remote […]
February 7, 2023

Wind farm builders call for reforms in England

Planning law changes proposed by the UK government lack measures that aid larger onshore wind projects and national targets are needed to make stakeholders accountable, project partners told Reuters Events. The UK government in December said it would ease restrictions on building onshore wind farms in England after objections by 34 MPs from the ruling […]
February 7, 2023

Vestas announces 2023 outlook

The wind power industry’s challenging period continued in 2022 due to unexpected geo-political uncertainty, an accelerating energy crisis, and high inflation. In this environment, Vestas’ fourth quarter results were negatively impacted by additional challenges. The negative impact in the fourth quarter causes the full-year results to be lower than the outlook, primarily driven by a […]
February 7, 2023

WindGuard receives approval for type certification

WindGuard Certification is now among only 10 companies worldwide that have been approved to issue type certificates for wind turbines according to IECRE OD-501 (“Type and Component Certification Scheme – Wind Turbines”). In addition to prototype, type and component certification, the scope of validity includes design evaluation and site suitability conformity statements. The certificate of […]
February 7, 2023