Bladeless “turbines” have a lot of room to improve – a report

Bladeless wind turbines contain only a few moving parts. They not only help in eliminating noise but also don’t pose a threat to birds.

February 2017 issue: Foundations that float + more

01 Editorial: What if the nation went wild for wind power? 44 Projects: Decommissioning Canada’s oldest wind farm 66 Cover Foundations that float   What if the nation went wild for wind power? By: Paul Dvorak Suppose our nation decided that as coal and nuclear-powered facilities reached the end of their useful life, they would

2017 Renewable Energy Handbook Wind: The technical resource for wind profitability

  A great time to invest in wind power   The saying goes that good things come in threes, and the wind industry has certainly delivered on a trio of positives this past year. For one, the industry started 2016 with a five-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), which provides wind developers with

October 2016 issue: First Annual Offshore Issue

U.S. offshore wind industry officially launched. Now what? What’s the difference between a U.S. wind farm and one in Europe? This may sound like the lead-in to a joke, but the question is serious and comes from a wind-industry veteran at a recent AWEA event. The answer: Everything! In Europe, a land-based wind farm often

September 2016 issue: A Better Way To Inspect Turbines & Transmission + more

01 Editorial: More darn-near impossible grand challenges for the wind industry 06 Windwatch: Research in Minnesota, MAKE Consulting looks ahead, Better blades ready for refits, Meet the wind tech 26 Retrofits New ideas for upgrading communication networks   The next 10 darn-near impossible grand challenges for the wind industry   The idea of grand challenges

June 2016 issue: New ideas to boost production, AEP up 5% + more

02 Editorial: Wind energy inspires present and future generations 08 Windwatch: A chilling story of blade abuse, What to do with extra towers, Journal bearings in a planetary stage, Ask a wind tech, Wind work around North America 42 How small data from material science accurately predicts failure rates and more Decades of experience with

April 2016 issue: Innovators & influencers issue, WINDPOWER 2016 + more

02 EDITORIAL Why can’t some utilities just work with the wind industry? 08 WINDWATCH Preview of WINDPOWER 2016 in New Orleans, Wikov gears, Guard for leading-edge erosion, Making construction, sustainable work, Ask a wind tech, Windwork around North America 40 INTERNET OF THINGS Talking with turbines through the Internet of Things   Why can’t Ohio

February 2016 issue: Leadership in Wind, improve lube seals, rise of renewables + more

01 EDITORIAL Showing Leadership in wind 06 WINDWATCH VariLoad, Fugro Trenching, 2015 leadership winners, Wind work around North America 14 COMPONENTS How a coil spring improves lube seals 18 RELIABILITY Building a framework for better floating wind systems 22 BOLTING Is a maintenance-free bolt connection possible on wind turbines? 26 FINANCE Rise of renewables spells

2016 Renewable Energy Handbook

WINDPOWER Engineering and Development – Welcome to the Handbook Editor’s welcome to the wind section…………. p.09 Wind Basics……………………………………………. p.10 Top wind stats and resource map………………. p.12 Components of a wind turbine………………….. p.16 Wind articles Bearings……………………………………………………p.18 Blades………………………………………………………p.21 Bolting……………………………………………………..p.24 Cables………………………………………………………p.27 Composites……………………………………………….p.30 Gears & gearboxes…………………………………….p.32 Encoders…………………………………………………..p.34 Motors & drives…………………………………………p.37 Hydraulics…………………………………………………p.38 Slip rings…………………………………………………..p.42 Switchgear………………………………………………..p.46 Filters……………………………………………………….p.48 Lubricants…………………………………………………p.51 Site assessment…………………………………………p.54 Logistics

Windpower Engineering and Development Digital Edition October 2015

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