Lidar measure wind at 10 levels up to 300m

CanWEA 2014, booth #811 The ZephIR 300 from Cambell Scientific is a continuous-wave lidar system. Ideal for applications that require wind measurements at multiple heights, the system provides data across ten user-defined heights, 10m to 300m. The ZephIR 300 is great for site assesment and micrositing and permanent wind farm anemometry.


Advanced particulate detection

CanWEA 2014, booth #1306 MetalSCAN from GasTOPS Ltd. is an on-line particulate sensor that was originally developed for advanced aircraft engines. The quantitative debris analysis directly correlates with the degree of damage on bearings or gearboxes. The scanner is able to detect ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

The catamaran, a technology demonstrator, tests the Wind+Wing Technologies' wing sails in San Francisco Bay.

Wind-powered ferries may cut costs and carbon emissions

The guys at Wind + Wing Technologies are putting a new spin on one of the oldest applications of wind power: sailing. Inspired by the inefficient and environmentally harmful diesel-powered ferry system of the San Fransisco Bay, co-founders Jay Gardner and Hans Korfin, in a partnership with Photon Composites, have developed a carbon fiber sail

The schematic shows the general control layout for one blade.

How perfect (blade) pitch lightens wind turbine structural loads

A turbine simulator allowed testing and defining a promising self-sensing, pitch-control scheme against a wide range of blade and turbine conditions. Tobias Rösmann / Moog Wind Pitch Control Systems / Control systems generally ensure the safe operation of wind turbines in adverse conditions. A more recent self-sensing, closed-loop pitch control system will let synchronous

The switch housing and actuator are fabricated from high-quality stainless steel, and are available with mounting diameters of 19 and 22 mm.

Schurter T12-MSM circuit breaker comes with design appeal

Schurter announces the T12-MSM, a combination of a reliable circuit breaker and a robust metal switch. With its actuating appeal, the T12-MSM, unlike a typical switch, can be stylishly displayed on the front of the system as opposed to being hidden in the back. Schurter combines its circuit breakers, with thermal operation (T12) and thermal-magnetic

Gamesa will supply 33 of its G97-2.0 MW turbines at a facility being developed by Elecnor.

Gamesa to supply 66 MW in Jordan with developer Elecnor

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has signed its first contract in Jordan, where the company will supply 66 MW to Elecnor. Under the terms of the agreement, Gamesa will install 33 of its G97-2.0 MW turbines at the Maan wind farm being built by Elecnor in the south of Jordan for the

Remote sensing units, such as the Triton SoDAR, collect wind speed and direction data on wind farms with the advantage of being mobile. This unit runs on batteries that recharge from the solar panel, and it collects wind data up to and above hub height.

Producing more power at existing wind projects: Advanced technology for operational optimization

Barry Logue · Wind Energy Application Manager · Vaisala Inc. Energy – Measurements · A few recent tools that help with the continuous operational optimization of a wind farm include remote sensing and advanced mesoscale computer models. As the wind-power industry matures, project developers, owner-operators, and financiers are asking for more reliable predictions of power output from new construction and existing assets.

A Surespan worker guides a tower section onto a foundation.

How to develop a culture of safety

Rocky Ellison / Senio Manager HSE / Surespan Wind Energy Services Ltd. / Wind energy is the wave of the future, so why do companies rely on tactics from the past? If we want to change the culture of safety in our organizations, we first have to change how safety culture is perceived. For years, companies have asked “how

VibePro is an iPad-based vibration analyzer from GTI Predictive Technology and illustrates one wind industry application for the tablet. Among other apps, it runs VibePro7, a vibration-based predictive maintenance program.

Tablet applications and what they mean to reliability maintenance

Paul Berberian / Predictive Maintenance Specialist / GTI Predictive Technology / It makes sense to rely more on early warning data from gearboxes and generators to prevent unplanned and catastrophic failures. Maintaining these critical assets is crucial to uptime and performance. Predictive maintenance is a strategy in which maintenance is performed when one or more

When wind farms are resource limited, they can contract other companies, such as Romax, to monitor their turbines. Crews online 24/7 can alert crews at the site when a turbine needs attention.

Condition-monitoring research to predict turbine failures, and push the state of the art

Predicting precisely when a wind turbine component will fail is the holy grail of condition monitoring (CM). That information would let maintenance crews aggregate the needed heavy work and thereby minimize its costs. Although maintenance predictions are good now, there is room for improvements. To appreciate the state of the art, we spoke with John