Boothroyd Dewhurst DFM Concurrent Costing 3.0 supports OEM supply chain partnerships with science-based estimates and best-cost practices

Design for Manufacturing 3.0 let’s OEMs and suppliers explore bids in a neutral framework where machine types, speeds, processing sequences and optimum levels of automation are discussed.

Sandia snags five awards at 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium, including one for 3D printing of sub-scale turbine blades

Sandia National Laboratories won a total of five awards from the 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. The annual FLC awards program recognizes federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding technology transfer achievements. The consortium’s Mid-Continent and Far West regions recognized a few of Sandia’s advancements including

Hexion’s new large-volume resin packaging reduces waste & transport costs for the wind industry

Hexion Stuttgart has introduced the Hexi-Bag packaging system, a new large-volume resin package designed specifically for the wind energy industry. The new packaging format was developed for Hexion’s epoxy adhesive resins and associated hardeners. It provides wind blade manufacturers with several efficiencies and cost advantages. The capacity of the new Hexi-Bag is 900 to 1,000

Composites Institute unveils composite recycling project

End-of-life composites have a perception of being inferior to competing materials in terms of cradle-to-cradle sustainability because they are difficult to recycle or reuse.

GE unveils its largest onshore wind turbine yet

GE Renewable Energy unveiled its brand-new 4.8–158 onshore wind turbine, GE’s largest high-efficiency turbine to date. Featuring the largest rotor in the segment and innovative blade design, the 4.8-158 offers a significant improvement in Annual Energy Production (AEP), reducing the cost of energy for customers with low to medium wind speed sites. The new 4.8-MW

“Smart” materials turn turbine connectors into sensors

By Benjamin Müller, Head of Industrial Anti-vibration Technology EFFBE GmbH It is no secret wind turbines must withstand harsh conditions, including fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and vibrations from changes in wind and rotor speeds. For the components that make up a turbine, such as the bearings, gearbox, brakes, and blades, durability and reliability are

EDPR and TRC launch new wind-turbine blade recycling program

The management of wind energy waste is a slow but growing concern in the industry. This waste does not yet stand at significant volumes as the wind business has only been developed fairly recently. However, to address the concern of managing this non-hazardous waste going forward, EDP Renewables, a global provider in the renewables’ sector and

Gearbox Express partners with Eickhoff Bochum for gearbox service & repairs

Gearbox Express (GBX), the only independent company in North America focused on providing down-tower, multi-brand wind gearbox remanufacturing services, announced that it has signed a framework agreement with Eickhoff Bochum to become its preferred North American partner for all up- and down-tower service both in and out of warranty, parts supply and new replacement gearboxes.

Online transformer monitoring needed to meet Asia’s rapid spread of rural electrification

Vaisala, a global provider of environmental and industrial measurement, has highlighted how continuous online transformer monitoring will play a key role in the future maintenance and servicing of transformer fleets across Asia, as electrification and reliable grid access spreads to the continent’s rural population. Faced with increasing demand for access to electricity, especially in rural

Vestas wins 100-MW turnkey order to further wind development in India

Leveraging Vestas’ extensive experience from more than 100 turnkey projects across the globe, the order includes delivery, installation, and commissioning of 50 V110-2.0-MW turbines, as well as the project’s civil and electrical works. The order follows the inauguration of Vestas’ blade factory in Gujarat and the 54-MW Periyapatti order earlier this year, adding to Vestas’