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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...

Automating wind-turbine lubrication for sustainability

Since the beginning of the use of lubricants 5,500 years ago, there have been constant efforts to find ways to keep the lubricant clean...

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...

Technology, infrastructure key to U.S. offshore success

The Biden administration made news earlier this year with a bold pledge to reduce the United States’ carbon emissions by at least 50 percent...

Turbines and fire risk

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...

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...

The need for met-tower maintenance

In an age where the cost for everything is rising at an alarming rate, the last thing companies want to add is another expense....

Drones can make inspections safer

Offshore wind capacity around the world now tops 31.9 GW, with expectations of an additional 11.8 GW growth by year’s end. Market development is...

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...

Expanded U.S. wind-energy capacity

Extensive research is underway to determine how to maximize the amount of electricity generated from wind power. This work is important because it will...

The United States’ far offshore wind-turbine challenge

More than 40 percent of the U.S. population lives near the coast, and the demand for clean sustainable energy is skyrocketing. Renewable energy is...

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,...

U.S. offshore wind primed for growth

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, wind power in the United States has tripled in the...

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...

Applications of magnets in wind turbines

Permanent magnets play a critical role in some of the world’s largest wind turbines. Rare earth magnets, such as powerful neodymium-iron-boron magnets, have been...

Wind turbine control methods

Wind-turbine control is necessary to ensure low maintenance costs and efficient performance. The control system also guarantees safe operation, optimizes power output, and ensures...

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...

Reducing Costs from the Ground Down

To lower the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) generated by wind energy, the next generation of wind-turbine foundation solutions should be optimized to reduce...

The Importance of being Proactive

A wind turbine’s gearbox, generator, and blades are the focus of intensive maintenance because (1) they’re subject to a lot of stress and wear...
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