Wind farms can be built in remote locations that make a challenge of maintenance. However, more reliable equipment  can minimize the need to access those turbines.

Improving wind safety by improving reliability of wind turbine components

Tom Schiff, Global Field Engineering Support Manager for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company, Wind turbine gearboxes are challenging to maintain because they are often in remote locations at elevated heights and they operate under extreme conditions. But, regular gearbox oil changes are required to protect components from micropitting and wear. To make

The Gamesa production facility shows turbine components  and assembly line.

How is a wind turbine manufactured?

This section of the Renewable Energy Handbook is provided by Gamesa Corp. Manufacturing today’s wind turbine can involve millions of dollars and hundreds of people. To better understand what comes from the years of research and development to the final days of production, let’s tour a modern turbine production facility. The nacelle is the part

Upwind table from case history

Major overhaul of site-critical infrastructure at Fossil Gulch

This case history is provided by UpWind Solutions. Learn how the wind farm Fossil Gulch virtualized its server infrastructure for a quarter of the OEM cost. Challenges for the wind farm include: Aging servers with reliability issues Bad server hard drives Servers with failing backups due to space limitations Proprietary OEM hardware and software upgrades

The N117/2400 turbine from Nordex

Report tells of wind-power market and industry analysis, forecasts to 2020 has added Global Wind Turbine Value Chain – Production, Market Share, Competitive Landscape and Market Size to 2020, an industry research report of 114 pages to the energy and power section of its online business intelligence library. Single user license: $3,995. According to this wind power market and wind turbine industry report, more blades

Titan’s products include powerful hydraulic torque wrenches, pumps and accessories for bolting applications in the oil and gas, petrochemical, wind energy, power generation, mining and construction industries.

Chicago Pneumatic boosts its bolting range with Titan products

Titan Technologies’ bolting equipment has been added by acquisition to Chicago Pneumatic Tools product portfolio of high quality power tools.  The integration means that Chicago Pneumatic Tools now has a more complete offering, and is able to respond to all customers’ requirements for industrial bolting tools. Titan’s products include powerful hydraulic torque wrenches, pumps and

MESA ESS and device standard is organized this way.

Battery-based power storage first based on MESA standard

The Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has dedicated the first battery storage system built on the cutting-edge Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA), located at a substation in Everett, Washington, designed to improve reliability and the integration of renewable energy sources. The project was made possible in part by a $7.3 million investment from the

The ergonomic design fits close to the body, like a fanny pack, allowing for greater movement in tight work spaces.

3M’s Versaflo cleans breathing air for those working in dirty environs

3M engineers say the TR-600 respirator is intended for those who work in environments with dirty air. The active air filter is the result of comprehensive research to gain an in-depth understanding the needs of those who work in less than clean air. Designed to endure heavy use and long wear, the respirator can help

The N117/2400 turbine from Nordex

Will thorium power be cheaper than wind power?

Most commentary on energy is really a commentary on the cost of energy. For instance, stories about natural gas rave about its low price, which it has. Bloomberg reports, for instance, that the natural gas price on Jan 19 was $2.99/million BTUs. For comparison, the Brits pay about $8/million BTUs. Stories about hydrogen-powered electric generators

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President Obama’s State of the Union: U.S. leads world in wind energy production

This article comes from AWEA. In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama highlighted U.S. wind energy leadership as an American success story. “As the President noted, America produces more wind energy than any other country in the world. We’re number one,” said American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan. “Hard

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2014 another record setting year for wind energy in Canada

For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to announce that Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with most growth centred in Ontario (850 MW),