Researchers have developed ultrasonic whistle-like pulse generators to help bats and other wildlife steer clear of wind turbines.

Protecting wildlife at wind energy plants with 3D ultrasonic whistle

Biologists at Texas A&M University are partnering with scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the interdisciplinary intersection of energy research and wildlife protection in a federally funded project to design and manufacture ultrasonic, whistle-like pulse generators to help bats and other wildlife steer clear of wind turbines. Michael Smotherman, an associate professor in

New release extends material data integration and ease of use to dramatically improve engineering simulation workflows

MSC Software’s MaterialCenter 2015 release delivers material data integration

MSC Software Corporation announced the new release of MaterialCenter 2015. MaterialCenter 2015 is a truly out-of-the-box Material Process and Data Lifecycle Management solution with direct integration into CAE applications that engineers regularly use. Highlights of this release include: CAE material model support Generate CAE models for the most popular CAE solver directly from MaterialCenter. Support

Siemens' new D7 turbine model delivers nearly 10% more energy production than its predecessor.

DNV GL awards Siemens’ 7-MW wind turbine with prototype certification

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, has awarded Siemens Wind Power with offshore prototype certification for its new 7-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine SWT-7.0-154, which will now undergo field testing in Østerild, Denmark. The prototype certificate confirms the compliance of the wind turbine design with the mandatory prototype requirements of the

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What new construction challenges come from the changing wind industry?

Construction projects that run smoothly and on schedule are certainly not free of obstacles. Working in the wind industry for nearly 20 years, we’ve come to expect challenges associated with unpredictable weather and wind conditions, uncertainty around equipment deliveries and difficult permitting processes–among other issues. Project planning and execution strategies have been affected by the


How can the industry prepare for the logistics of offshore wind?

In the next few years, at least five offshore wind projects will hit U.S. waters. As developers prepare for construction, port facilities must also make preparations to support these projects. So what might an ideal port look like? According to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, one developer suggests a port would need a 1,000-ton crane

The latest addition to the proven G2 product platform features an improved design, delivering greater returns.

Siemens launches new U.S. turbine with industry-leading capacity factor

The Siemens SWT-2.3-120 is the first wind turbine designed by Siemens to specifically meet the demands of its North and South American customers. The powerful new turbine features a 120-meter rotor, enabling it to achieve an industry-leading capacity factor. It is the next step in the evolution of Siemens’ proven G2 product platform. Serial production

The prototype in Østerild, Denmark was installed only a few months after the product launch at EWEA Offshore trade show in Copenhagen.

Siemens installs prototype of its 7-MW offshore wind turbine

Only a few months after its sales launch at the EWEA Offshore trade show in Copenhagen, the new Siemens offshore flagship wind turbine of the type SWT-7.0-154 has now been installed as a prototype. The planned field testing of the 7-megawatt (MW) offshore machine in Østerild, Denmark, mainly focusses on the upgraded generator and the


Blattner Energy announces an industry record 25,000-MW of installed wind energy

Blattner Energy, a power generation contractor and provider of renewable energy construction in North America, announced that it has more than 25,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power installed or under contract across North America, more than any other contractor. This accounts for approximately one-third of all installed wind power capacity in the United States and


GCube Insurance launches first unscheduled U.S. wind maintenance protection plan

GCube Insurance, a renewable energy underwriter specialist, has launched Beyond Balance Sheets: Unscheduled Maintenance Protection. This unique, first-to-market service enables financial directors and risk management teams to more effectively manage their long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) budgets and rapidly reduce the requirement for excess working project capital. Project owners now take an increasing interest in managing

Siemens wird 200 MW Windleistung für das texanische Comanche County liefern: Pattern Development hat bei Siemens 87 Einheiten des Typs Siemens SWT-2.3-108 bestellt. 

Siemens will supply 200 MW of wind power in Comanche County, Texas: Logan's Gap Wind power plant will consist of 87 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines.

Pattern Energy completes acquisition of two wind-power facilities totaling 351 MW

Pattern Energy Group has closed the previously announced acquisition of two operational wind power facilities totaling 351 megawatts (MW) from Wind Capital Group (WCG) and its affiliates for a final purchase price of $242 million plus assumed net debt of $102 million. The acquisition includes ownership interests in the 201-MW Post Rock Wind facility in