Meet Todd Griffith: Designer of super-sized turbine blades

The modern worldwide wind industry is at least 30 years old, so you might think most wind-turbine designs have already been optimized and the industry need only plan more projects. Dr. D. Todd Griffith, a member of the technical staff and the technical lead for Sandia National Laboratories’ Offshore Wind Energy Program, disagrees. To make

DNV GL intros a promising new concept for wind-powered water injection

DNV GL has proposed a concept called WIN WIN to better match floating wind-turbine technology with the oil industry’s need for water injection to maximize oil recovery. WIN WIN, which stands for WINd- powered Water INjection, comprises a floating turbine that supplies power to a water injection process. It is a fully stand-alone system that

How rotor blade extensions effect a wind farm’s AEP

Since November 2009, Energiekontor has been operating a blade extension prototype on a Bonus, Type 54 turbine, in Germany.

GE 1.5 Extra Life gearbox achieves 4-times usual life

Computational testing shows an overall gearbox life improvement by a factor of four fold.

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

A few tips for installing concrete sleeve anchors

When installing concrete sleeve anchors, there are several tips recognized by those in the industry that strengthen the safety of the installation with a savings in time and costs.

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.

Gearbox Express unveils its Revolution 2.0

The top features of the Revolution 2.0 gearbox include A redesigned planetary gear and bearing interface, in which the bearing outer races are machined into the gear.