Monday, October 3, 2022

Offshore wind opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico

As the United States’ burgeoning offshore wind industry has dominated headlines and begun putting steel in the water along the Eastern seaboard, it has...

How drivetrain monitoring systems can pack a hidden punch

Monitoring wind-turbine drivetrains is one of the most cost-effective tools operators have, enabling them to transform the way wind assets are run and slash...

UL 6141/UL 6142: Electrical standards for turbines in the U.S.

Wind turbines are built to last an average of 20 years or more before they are either repowered — which requires a major component...

Predicting the unpredictable

While the demand for cleaner energy and falling prices has increased the supply of wind power, the growth rate for new wind capacity is...

Wind industry powers forward despite delays, disruptions

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...

Focusing on helideck safety

Helicopters are an integral part of offshore wind operations. Whether transporting crew members, moving equipment, conducting rescue operations, aiding with turbine maintenance, or conducting...

Ecological noise aspects of wind turbines

This article focuses on the ecological noise problem and economical aspects justifying wind turbine installations. The environmental issue such as physical limits, noise levels,...

Swarming: Adding Value to Wind Assets

The energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables is fully underway. Concerted action by industry leaders and investors is set to rapidly accelerate renewable...

Taking on Industry 4.0

The next phase in the Industrial Revolution is here: Industry 4.0. Following on the heels of the last great revolution in industry — the...

The greening of offshore wind-farm construction

The offshore wind industry needs to substantially increase the durability, strength, and environmental sustainability of its wind-turbine-generator support structures while reducing the carbon emissions...

High-volume shredding of oversize turbine blades now possible

In the wind-power industry, when turbines are eventually decommissioned or wind farms upgraded in a process called repowering, wind-turbine blades must either be disposed...

Offshore Wind: The new gold rush

The offshore wind industry is gaining momentum thanks to ambitious environmental targets, competitive costs, and huge market potential. This renewable source of energy provides...

Elevating hub heights of offshore WTGs without elevating cost

Currently, the strength of a large direct drive wind turbine generator (DD/WTG) tower is achieved using various grades of steel that can affect the...

Safe continued operation of wind turbines

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...

Providing predictive healthcare

The Brüel & Kjær Vibro (B&K Vibro) monitoring and diagnostic group plays a very special service role in the operation and maintenance of wind...

Wind powers through pandemic

2020 was not the year most people expected as the COVID-19 pandemic swept worldwide. However, it was a banner year for U.S. wind energy,...

Training a homegrown offshore wind workforce

Alan Glore’s decision to enroll in the business management program at the Centura College of Allied Health and Trades campus around the corner from...

Protecting turbines from high-frequency voltage

The generator within a wind turbine is capable of producing up to 5 MW of electricity. An unfortunate side effect of that is that...

Preventing lightning damage to turbines

Wind-turbine damage caused by lightning strikes seems unavoidable. After all, wind-turbine farms by their nature are located in a very active weather zones. But...

Using Lidar to reduce uncertainty in offshore wind development

Offshore wind development is gaining momentum around the globe. Expected to constitute more than 20 percent of total wind energy installations by 2025, offshore...
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