LEEDCo takes next step for Icebreaker offshore wind project

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) recently began a comprehensive geotechnical investigation of the soils under Lake Erie where they plan to install six Mono Bucket foundations for the Icebreaker offshore wind project. LEEDCo will test the soil and collect samples at each of the six locations, the same type of tests that are

Sandia wake imaging system successfully deployed at the SWiFT facility

This article was extracted from the August issue of the Sandia Wind Research Newsletter and published with permission. The Sandia Wake Imaging System (SWIS) was deployed for a full-scale field demonstration at the Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility in Lubbock, Texas over the first three weeks of July 2015. The successful field-demonstration was

What are the major wind-power siting issues facing developers today?

Major wind-power siting issues haven’t changed a lot over the last few years. Fundamental issues are interwoven with economic, political, environmental, and social complexities. Technological advancements have occurred, but wind power is still more expensive and less reliable than fossil fuel alternatives, according to Jay Maki, a Business Development lead at Land Solutions in Canada.

Senvion ranked second in wind installations in Germany

With the installation of exactly 100 turbines in the period from January 2015 to June 2015, Senvion is now the second largest manufacturer of wind turbines in Germany to date in 2015. The company has installed wind turbines in Germany with a total capacity of over 285 MW in the first six months of this

The importance of electromagnetic-impact analyses for wind permitting

Editor’s Note: In Dr. Frank Marlowe’s recent article for Broadcast Wind, he discusses the importance of accurately defining potential interference to electromagnetic transmissions caused by the construction of a wind farm. By being proactive and performing a pre-construction impact analysis, a wind farm developer may be able to avoid costly claims for remediation after the fact. His article

The Nature Conservancy completes $1.2 million renewable energy project

The Nature Conservancy has completed a $1.2 million renewable energy project, installing solar and wind systems that will almost eliminate the use of fossil fuels at Palmyra Atoll. “Installing solar and wind energy at Palmyra will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by 95%,” said Mark Fox, acting executive director of the Conservancy’s Hawaii and

HELUKABEL introduces new cable technologies for the wind industry

HELUKABEL, a global cable manufacturer, will introduce their latest cabling technologies for wind energy at the industry’s leading annual conference and exhibition, WINDPOWER 2015. One of the largest wind energy events in North America, WINDPOWER 2015 takes place in Orlando, Florida, May 18-21, and will gather thousands of industry professionals to promote unity within the

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

Webinar – Leading Edge Erosion: Protection, Costs, and Benefits

Live webinar was recorded on May 5, 2015. Fill out the form below to watch on demand. This discussion will focus on the application of Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) Leading-Edge Blade Coatings to prevent blade degradation that decreases the performance of the WTG. We will explore the root causes of the blade erosion cycle and

Iowa State engineers study benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines. First, said the Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, check out the base of each blade. They’re big, round structural pieces. They’re not shaped like an airfoil. And so they