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Winners announced for the Wind Energy Update O&M Excellence Awards

The winners for the 2015 Inaugural Wind Energy Update (WEU) O&M Excellence Awards were announced at the 7th Wind Operations and Maintenance Summit in Dallas last week. For the first time, the WEU O&M Excellence Awards, sponsored by E.ON and Danish Wind Power Academy (DWPA), bought together the wind energy industry to celebrate excellence, outstanding

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Here’s what drones might do for the wind industry

It’s been a long time coming, but the FAA has finally released guidelines for commercial UAV operations that would allow unmanned aerial vehicles – drones – carry cameras to inspect wind farms and other utility infrastructure. The technology has been available for years. YouTube is full videos from hobbyists flying quad-copters with GoPros showing the

GTM Research Ut of the future

Report: Regulating the utility of the future: Implications for the grid edge

This report, authored by Bentham Paulos, Program Director of Energy at GTM Research, is available in a single site license for $2,995. With new technologies and consumer demand for cleaner energy rapidly transforming the power sector (most notably with the proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) like solar PV, demand response, and energy storage), the

Sandia National Labs works through Texas Tech in a program called Swift for Scaled Wind Farm Technology. The three turbines (more to come) allow conducting wake studies, testing control systems, and more.

Group NIRE sets up test center for wind, solar, and storage in Lubbock

What can you do with a place that is flat as pancake, endures heat, cold, and dust storms, and sports an average wind speed of 8.2 m/sec?  Make it an independent test facility for wind turbines, solar panels, and utility scale batteries, of course. “And then work to get all three power sources to provide

Manufactured with a brass lock housing and cylinder, the Type FF has a ¾-in. travel, with a smaller diameter ½-in. stainless steel lock bolt to better fit in smaller cabinets.

Kirk Key interlock safeguards small circuit breakers

Smaller footprint bolt lock offers greater product options for switchgear applications Kirk Key has developed a reduced size mechanical bolt interlock for smaller stature breakers. Modelled on the KIRK Standard Duty series Type F, the smaller Type FF ensures that workers follow a pre-determined sequence of operation to safely access electrical switchgear. Manufactured with a

Red Lion’s new plug-and-play modules support the rising demand for device interoperability, letting customers leverage Red Lion’s rugged Graphite HMIs – with built-in protocol converter and 300+ communications drivers – to support virtually any automation equipment.

Red Lion adds HSPA+ cellular plug-in module to Graphite HMI platform

New communication option creates powerful hmi solution to remotely monitor and control equipment Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of an HSPA+ (GMHSPA) cellular module for its Graphite Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform.  The new module uses an HSPA+ cellular network to

This year, the US will install more renewables than ever before, with 18 new gigawatts (GW) coming online.

U.S. power-sector emissions set to fall to 20 yr low in says research firm

Annual records for renewable build, coal retirements and gas burn all expected to fall in 2015 This should prove to be a watershed year for the “de-carbonization” of the US power sector, with record volumes of coal-fired capacity to be shuttered, renewables capacity to be built, and natural gas to be consumed. The result, according to research

The AR1500 is an active pitch, full yaw, horizontal axis tidal turbine with a rated power output of 1.5 megawatts achieved at flow rates of three meters per second.

The Switch’s permanent magnet generator chosen for Atlantis tidal turbine

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, received an order to deliver a medium-speed generator for use in the Atlantis Resources Ltd AR1500 turbine drive train. During March 2015, Atlantis confirmed an order with The Switch for an integrated PM

Red Lion’s new plug-and-play modules support the rising demand for device interoperability, letting customers leverage Red Lion’s rugged Graphite HMIs – with built-in protocol converter and 300+ communications drivers – to support virtually any automation equipment.

Red Lion’s award-winning Graphite HMI platform expands communication options

New PROFIBUS and DeviceNet Plug-In Modules Offer More Equipment Integration Choices Red Lion Controls, developer of communication, monitoring, and controls, says it has expanded its Graphite Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels with two new communication modules, offering support for some of today’s most widely used industrial protocols. Designed for use with the Graphite HMI

Report on world RE growth

2014 a year of significant steps for renewable energy, says Bloomberg report

The Executive Summary is from the report, Global trends in renewable-energy investment 2015, authored by the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. The Summary examines a few key elements in the rebound in global renewable energy investment in 2014, and then the continuing challenges, the role of clean power