Commercial drone start-up raises $6.5M in funding for infrastructure inspections

PRENAV announced that it has raised $6.5 million in seed financing from lead investor Crosslink Capital, along with Haystack, Liquid 2 Ventures, and WI Harper Group. These organizations join existing investors Pejman Mar Ventures, Toivo Annus, and others. The commercial drone company is developing automated drones that are guided by computer vision. PRENAV drones are able to safely fly in complicated or GPS-denied environments

Ergodyne’s N-Ferno line of thermal workwear is now made for cold & visibility

Ergodyne announced new Hi-Vis additions to its N-Ferno line of warming gear. Now, workers in cold weather can enjoy comfort and conspicuity in the latest thermal gear. “We’ve taken some of our best-selling thermal gear and enhanced them to provide more visibility on the job,” said Alsie Nelson, Associate Product Manager, Ergodyne. “These are ideal products for

Retractable tether keeps heavy tools close to body when climbing

Gear Keeper’s new RT3-5605 heavy-tool retractable tether’s low ensures stored tools stay close to the body for easy climbing and cramped quarters. The retractor employs a low, 7-oz force to avoid arm strain when extended, but is still strong enough to keep the line taught to avoid snagging or interference while work is performed. The retractor mechanism’s force

GE’s Digital Wind Farm unlocks higher production for two aging wind plants in Japan

GE Renewable Energy has secured a five-year Digital Wind Farm services contracts for two aging wind farms in central Japan. Kinden Corporation’s 30-MW Shirama wind farm, a 7-year-old project near Osaka, will use the digital solution to increase the site’s annual energy production (AEP) by up to 5%. Additionally, a second contract has been signed with Kandenko

Southco hinge makes lifting heavy lids easy

The CA Counterbalance Hinge features an external mounting style, allowing for increased capacity within the enclosure, and eliminates the need for secondary support components to hold lids or panels in position.

Analyzing the lifeblood of wind turbines

If wind is breath to turbines, then oil is the lifeblood that keeps these machines running smoothly. And a healthy, well-oiled machine is one that can offer reliability and longevity. It’s not unlike our own bodies, which tend to last and function better with proper care and nourishment. This, according to David DiNunzio, Wind Application

New face shield and splash goggle combo offers one-of-a-kind anti-fog coating & UV protection

If your job leaves you exposed to rain, wind, or even risk of debris flying in your face, you need protection. Sometimes unfavorable conditions can be dangerous, causing impact, injury, or just temporarily impaired vision from fogged up eye protection. These combined hazards require combined protection. Enter: the Vader Combo from Brass Knuckle. Vader Combo is a vented goggle

SkySpecs wins DOE contract for drone inspection of wind turbines

SkySpecs of Ann Arbor will receive a Small Business Voucher from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, according to U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. SkySpecs deploys autonomous drones for inspections of wind turbines. Working with Sandia National Labs, the project will focus on the validation of blade damage data to assist

SgurrEnergy secures construction & operational monitoring role for Merkur offshore wind farm

Renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, secured the construction and operational monitoring contract for the 396-MW Merkur offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The scope of the contract includes monitoring of construction works and the financial and operational performance of the project to provide regular reporting to the project lenders throughout construction and for the

Infolytica launches MotorSolve online

Simulations are highly accurate because the same automated FEA engine which powers the desktop version of MotorSolve is used by this service. All of this is done in the cloud with powerful HPC machines.