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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...

Detecting loosened bolts on offshore wind turbines

For the problem of loosened bolts in the long-term operation of an offshore wind turbine, we proposed a device to detect loosened bolts. The...

Maintenance-Free-Bolting concept for bolts up to M80 (3 1/8”)

ITH Bolting Technology is a leading global system supplier in bolting technology providing bolting tools, engineering, fasteners and service. Under their brand, IHF Fastener...

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...

Virtual site survey for wind-turbine monitoring

As downtime and service costs play an increasingly important role in the wind-power sector, most wind turbines manufactured today are equipped with a factory...

A new floating foundation concept

Developers of clean energy are ready to deploy large, efficient 10-MW to 20-MW direct drive wind turbine generators (DDWTG) in far offshore, deep-water wind...

Challenges in implementing offshore wind power

Wind power continues to offer a potential alternative approach for generating electricity that is more environmentally friendly. But the severe operating conditions placed on...

A data-driven approach to offshore wind in the U.S.

Twenty-seven miles off the coast of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, cutting edge research is under way. Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind, a project...

Powering Canada’s net-zero carbon future

Canada wants to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and it is pushing those goals with some interesting organizational changes. And while 2050 may feel...
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