Fraunhofer researches how to prevent rain erosion on turbine blades

Smalls drops, big impact: Even just minor rain erosion damage on rotor blade surfaces can impair performance and shorten the service life of wind turbines. This is according to research and development institute, Fraunhofer Iwes, which has launched a three-year study into the effect of rain erosion on wind-turbine blades. Fraunhofer has been operating a

Moventas expands its facility in Big Spring, Texas

The Moventas facility in Big Spring, located in Howard County (Texas), will consist of a 7,500 sq ft workshop and a further 35,000 sq ft area combining warehouse space and a test bench installation.

Altitec completes blade inspection & repair at UK wind farm

Altitec, a specialist in global blade inspection and maintenance, has completed lightning damage inspection and repairs at the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, as part of its maintenance work at the site. The work this summer followed end of warranty (EOW) inspections carried out last year and featured two teams operating on-site over a period of

EOLOS to test offshore wind turbines in Baltic Sea using floating Lidar system

In a competitive tender, EOLOS has secured contracts to deploy the EOLOS FLS200 floating Lidar. Purposely designed for the offshore industry, the EOLOS FLS200 incorporates the leading ZephIR 300M wind Lidar ensuring the highest levels of accuracy in wind measurements. Requiring minimum time for installation and re-deployment the floating device provides cost effectiveness in both

Sereema tests innovative Windfit software on Global Tech I wind farm

Global Tech I is one of the first offshore wind farms in the world. Set in the North Sea, 140 km from its logistic base in Emden, the farm stretches over 41 km2. 80 turbines are aligned to nominally produce 5 MW, for a total capacity of 400 MW. 445000 households should be powered up

How the Kay Wind project won the award, Wind Farm Team of the Year

In 2016, Kay Wind the team went further and staged a mock up-tower rescue, complete with a simulated helicopter evacuation and landing zone training.

Honeywell introduces first “connected ready” electrical safety gloves

Honeywell announced that it has launched the industry’s first “connected ready” electrical safety gloves, which use embedded tracking technology developed by Honeywell to ensure gloves are always properly tested and certified before workers use them for the most hazardous of electrical work. Honeywell’s new Electriflex safety gloves include an optional embedded RFID tag, allowing utilities to help ensure the

MAKE issues new guidance for repowering wind turbines in the U.S.

  MAKE’s initial guidance on 80/20 repowering was only to count nacelle swaps for new unit builds, driven pre-dominantly by the need to capture a change in turbine OEM branding for those sites. Over the course of the past nine months, repowering activity has accelerated, with many turbine OEMs dedicating substantial resources to this effort.

Epson to demo augmented reality glasses for a more effective drone inspection

The company will be showcasing its third-generation Moverio augmented reality (AR), essentially a wearable video screen.

Clever and adaptable igus energy chain (cable protection) cuts 80% off install times

The E4.1L from motion plastics specialist igus is said to be the lightest cable-carrying e-chain on the market.