Modular tower such as those from Northstar are less expensive to ship and assemble. Heights to 140m are possible.

Northstar Endeavors and Alphatec Nordeste complete license rights agreement to manufacture modular towers

Northstar Endeavors, LLC and Alphatec Nordeste (“Alphatec”), announces the completion of a Patent & Know-How License Rights Agreement, whereas Northstar grants Alphatec the exclusive license to Northstar’s intellectual property (“IP”), within the territory of Brazil, to design, manufacture, construct, and sell towers using the IP.

Our GPL ground clamps are UL Listed, CSA Certified, and suitable for direct burial in earth or concrete.  They have a specially designed spacer affording more positive contact area.  The clamps rotate 90 degrees for installation flexibility.

More U-bolt ground clamps from ILSCO

ILSCO Celebrates 120 years in 2014. As customer’s needs evolve to meet the demands of the ever changing electrical industry landscape, the company also works to exceed those needs.  Therefore, the company’s ground clamp products has been expanded to include Type GPL U-Bolt Ground Clamps for pipe, rod, rebar, as well as fence posts. The


New ideas in encoder designs for wind-turbine applications

  Encoders are used in several locations in a wind turbine but the three key applications are blade pitch, slip rings, and generator control. Each has special challenges but all must tolerate environmental extremes common to a nacelle, such as heat over 100°F. The high temperatures expand what is initially clean lab air and forces

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FERC proposes rules for gas-electric coordination

This article, from law firm Stinson Leonard Street, is authored by Kelly Daly.         Editor’s note: This topic should be of interest to the wind industry because as more natural gas is used to generate electric power, the more it can be supplemented by equally inexpensive and available wind-generated power. In a


Where to turn for working replacement parts for a turbine? Independent provider or the OEM?

Why should a wind turbine maintenance company use an independent repair service rather than going back to the OEM for spare parts? To find out, we spoke with John Greulich at PSI Repair Service. The company remanufactures and upgrades electrical and electronic equipment from wind turbine control systems. Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Andrew Bermingham, left, fills up his Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL car with hydrogen with the help of NREL's Mike Peters at NREL's National Wind Technology Center. Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda all have committed to putting fuel cell vehicles on the market by 2015. Photo: Dennis Schroeder

NREL drives research on hydrogen fuel cells

Editor’s note: This article comes from NREL and is written by Bill Scanlon.  It is significant because the hydrogen to fuel the cells will have to be electrolyzed and that is a good job for wind generated power. Further developments would let such car owners drive on wind power, another good thing.  Hydrogen fuel cell

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President’s FY 2015 budget emphasizes clean energy

This article, from law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, is authored by David Leiter, Jordan Collins, Bryan Stockton, and Sarah Litke. President Obama recently released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which begins October 1. The annual budget proposal signals administration priorities for the coming year. In

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U.S. wind industry breaking electricity grid records, thanks to transmission upgrades and new project development

Wind energy is breaking records across the U.S., thanks to long-needed transmission upgrades that are relieving congestion on the power grid and allowing more clean energy to reach consumers. Last week, a new record was set in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), reaching over 10,000 MW of wind. This was the most ever

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Distributed generation’s future Impact on the U.S. capacity markets

Editor’s note: This is the executive summary from a report by Samir Succar of ICF International The impact of distributed generation on market operations and system reliability becomes increasingly dire as penetration levels increase in those regions where capacity market mechanisms provide the primary vehicle maintaining resource adequacy. The variability of the resource and its

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World Energy Council and World Water Council form partnership

Editor’s note: This news is significant because the  wind industry requires no water to cool generation equipment, a significant difference from other generation methods that power modern societies.  The World Energy Council (WEC) and World Water Council (WWC) have joined forces to bring the issue of the water-energy nexus to the fore in the run