A hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) makes multiple approaches to a wind turbine at night. This video was recorded in the dark using a camera that images heat rather than visible light. The turbine tower rises about 80m. USGS scientists and research partners are breaking new ground in our understanding of bat susceptibility to turbines.

Wind turbine or tree? Some bats can’t tell

Certain bats may be approaching wind turbines after mistaking them for trees, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, led by U.S. Geological Survey scientist Paul Cryan, was the first to use video surveillance cameras to watch bats for several months flying at night near experimentally manipulated wind turbines

The APX-5200 or APX-5500 may solve some wiring problems in tall towers.

Antaira Tech unwraps its industrial outdoor IP67 wireless AP/client/bridge

Wind towers are often 100-m high making it difficult and costly to deploy fiber optics from top to bottom as is necessary to connect the wind turbines, sensors, and controllers to the existing Ethernet backbone. Wireless networks offer a solution. By installing an APX-5200 or APX-5500 at both the top and base of each wind

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CheckMate tool-tracking software adds rental option feature

Dynamic Systems, a developer of mobile data-collection applications, has added a Rental Option to its Checkmate Tool & Equipment Software offering. CheckMate software increases productivity and saves money by reducing the time it takes to locate equipment and by assuring that items will not be lost or left behind. “Loss of tools, equipment and damaged

AnalySwift quickly returns  structural information at proposed blades cross sections.

Composite simulation tools available online through cdmHUB at Purdue University

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for aerospace and energy composites and other advanced materials, announced its engineering software tools are available on Purdue University’s recently launched Composites Design & Manufacturing Hub (cdmHUB). The cdmHUB has received attention as a comprehensive toolset available to the composites community also for its acceleration of

AeroMaster 5.0 MW makes use of two HMI (human machine interface) panels for monitoring and control from the tower base

AeroViso visualization interface updated for wind industry

During HusumWind aerodyn has introduced the aeroVisu, a visualization interface for wind turbines developed in cooperation with design experts optimized for touch control directly on the turbine as well as from remote. With the increasing requirements of our recent aeroMaster offshore development aeroMaster 5.0 MW also the aeroVisu has been enhanced. This includes new or

IP Portfolio Analyzer will lets users know the countries where competitors have IPR that would force them to make a design change to their product or service before it launches at the push of a button.

Totaro & Associates launches IP Portfolio Analyzer

Qualitative assessment of the innovation landscape reveals trends in technology proliferation and provides a quantification of potential IPR infringement risk. Totaro & Associates, a Houston, TX based market research and innovation strategy consulting firm is launching IP Portfolio Analyzer, an innovation analysis and data analytics tool that provides dashboards, charts and insights into technological advancements

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Lazard study analyzes cost of energy

From the study’s executive summary: Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (“LCOE”) addresses the following topics:  Comparative “levelized cost of energy” for various technologies on a $/MWh basis, including sensitivities, as relevant, for U.S. federal tax subsidies, fuel costs, geography and cost of capital, among other factors  Comparison of the implied cost of

The NDI project improved the ability of blade manufacturers to confidently determine the quality of their product before it leaves the factory, enhancing the in-service life of the blades.

Sandia study takes costs out of wind turbine blades

Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (AMII), a three-year $6.3 million project, brought together researchers from Sandia, Iowa

To better confine the sulfur/polysulfides in the electrode of lithium–sulfur (Li/S) batteries and improve the cycling stability, we developed a double-layered core–shell structure of polymer-coated carbon–sulfur. Carbon–sulfur was first prepared through the impregnation of sulfur into hollow carbon spheres under heat treatment, followed by a coating polymerization to give a double-layered core–shell structure. From the study of scanning transmission electron microscopy images, we demonstrated that the sulfur successfully penetrated through the porous carbon shell and aggregated along the inner wall of the carbon shell, which, for the first time, provided visible and convincing evidence that sulfur preferred diffusing into the hollow carbon rather than aggregating in/on the porous wall of the carbon.

Improving lithium-sulfur batteries for greater energy density

This article comes from Nano Letters and will be of interest to who wish to stabilize their grids.  A search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology has been on for a while. Recently, scientists report they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, which have potential to outperform today’s lithium-ion technology.

The Fuel Cell Hydrogen Energy Associations has identified  these fuel cell vehicles.

Website for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Assn helps public learn about fuel cells

Editor’s note: The wind industry and utilities should find this of interest because the hydrogen generated for use in fuel cells will probably be electrolized from water using lots of electricity. If successful in cars, fuel cells will find their way into light trucks and eventually larger vehicles.   With interest in fuel cells growing