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

Gamesa expands nacelle factory in India

Gamesa recently inaugurated the expanded nacelle facility in Mamandur, India. The new installed production line will mainly be used to produce the G114-2.0 MW turbine model, which Gamesa expects to introduce into the Indian market over the course of 2015. In addition, as it is configured as a multi-model line, it will be possible to

Webinar – How the U.S. wind industry stacks up against Germany and China: A manufacturing and supply chain analysis

2014 will be a good year for the wind industry with about 14,000 MW in construction and ready to join the 64,000 MW already working. Although the manufacturing foundation of the U.S. wind industry is in good shape there is room to improve for the coming offshore industry. For instance, there is still potential to

Landmark study helps American manufacturers compete in a globally competitive wind industry

Since the resurgence of the wind industry over the past decade, one burning question has plagued U.S. manufacturers that supply components for domestic wind turbine installations: How can manufacturers effectively compete on a global scale with their European and Asian counterparts? To answer that question, Cleveland-based GLWN (Global Wind Network) recently completed a groundbreaking study

How to cure wind-blade epoxy on cold days

A recent electric blanket design can provide sufficient heat to cure a two part epoxy in temperatures below those recommended by epoxy manufacturers. For the wind industry, the device makes it possible to repair a blade in cold temperatures or faster than previously possible on marginal days, and without removing the turbine rotor. Powerblankets, from Powerblanket, (www.powerblanket.com)

Altra Industrial Motion launches new website

Altra Industrial Motion, a global designer and manufacturer of power transmission and motion control products, has launched a new multi-lingual website designed to provide users with quick and efficient access to desired information. www.altramotion.com features a new user-friendly interface that focuses on Altra’s brands, markets. and product platforms. The new site includes an updated Newsroom

Global Wind Turbine Supply Chain 2014

This article comes from consulting firm Make Consulting.  Shifting demand and overcapacity of critical wind turbine components continues to challenge the global wind energy supply base. Divestment of production assets and successful engagement in the O&M sector have allowed several turbine OEMs to return to profitability; but the road ahead demands a delicate balance between

New educational resource kit focusing on lean production and automation now available from Bosch Rexroth

Latest in the Rexroth Resource Kit series provides case studies, technical papers, software tools and web resources to help manufacturers and machine builders incorporate lean principles into their production solutions. Bosch Rexroth has added a new Lean Production and Automation Insights Kit to its popular educational resource kit series. Drawing on a wealth of expertise

Adhesives solve assembly problems for turbine that solves industry issues

An unusual wind turbine design supports a rotor of about nine blades along with generator elements on a large rim that rolls on wheels fixed to a frame. The design provides a range of advantages, such as power production in winds up to 110 mph. R&D went well, but manufacturing proved a bit troublesome. “The wind

Konecranes’ new CLX electric chain hoist boosts productivity

The new CLX electric chain hoist from Konecranes has been designed to speed up work cycles, enhance safety, and extend service life, and is targeted for manufacturing applications where high-speed load transfers and precise assembly work are required. Currently in capacities of 60 to 2,000 kg (130 to 4,400 lbs), CLX can be paired with