Altitec says industry-wide accreditation would boost opportunities for U.K. blade technicians

The lack of industry-wide accreditation for wind turbine blade repair technicians is limiting the opportunities available to UK-based job-seekers looking to enter the industry.

Industry-wide accreditation would boost opportunities for blade technicians

The lack of industry-wide accreditation for wind-turbine blade repair technicians is limiting the opportunities available to job-seekers looking to enter the industry. This is according to Altitec, a UK blade repair and inspection specialist that prepares new blade technicians for their careers at its dedicated training centre, the Altitec Academy. The UK’s wind industry is

Port of Longview safely manages 54-m turbine blades

This week, the Port of Longview discharged the longest wind-turbine blades since beginning to handle wind cargo in 2003. The Port safely managed wind blades for Vestas, using both of the Port’s mobile harbor cranes, on-dock rail, and first-rate ILWU Local 21 labor. Using two Liebherr cranes in tandem, the 54-meter blades were lifted off of the vessel

Abaris & KVE partner to provide advanced composites training in Europe

Reno, Nevada’s Abaris Training Resources is partnering with The Netherlands, KVE Composites Group to provide exclusive composite training for the European market. KVE will hold training classes in advanced composite repairs at their facility at the Maastricht Aachen Airport. The company will use Abaris Training’s course curriculum in active classroom and workshop environments. The collaboration will bring together an

A better way to use the data captured by UAVs

Instead of big data, actionable intelligence is the preferred result of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drone wind turbine inspections.

New radar scanner tests turbine blades for defects

To increase the efficiency and reliability of wind turbines, Fraunhofer IAF has developed a material scanner for checking the quality of rotor blades. Using radar-based technology, defects in the material composition of the wind turbine blades can be detected in even greater detail. Identifying defects in composite plastics The rotors, which are usually equipped with

The manufacturing evolution of wind-turbine blades

By Michelle Froese Senior Editor, Windpower Engineering & Development Wind-turbine blade manufacturing has come a long way over the last couple decades. Just ask Derek Berry, a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and the Director of the Wind Turbine Technology Area within the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing

TPI Composites signs new turbine supply agreement with Gamesa

TPI Composites, Inc., one of the largest U.S.-based independent manufacturer of composite wind blades, announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Gamesa to supply wind blades from its new manufacturing facility in Turkey through to 2022. TPI has reserved two mold slots and expects to commence manufacturing for Gamesa from one line

LM Wind Power marks start of new wind-turbine blade factory

LM Wind Power, a global manufacturer of wind-turbine blades, announced that work on its new factory in Cherbourg, Normandy, has commenced. This was marked with a foundation stone ceremony at the construction site, chaired by French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, in the presence of industry and representatives from the local partners, including Normandy region, the

Danish company unwraps leading edge protection for turbine blades

PolyTech has begun production of leading edge protection products and will increase volume in step with the number of blade types introduced with LEP.