HELUKABEL holds ground-breaking ceremony for expansion of manufacturing plant in Germany

HELUKABEL, a global cable manufacturer, recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new expansion at its manufacturing plant in Windsbach, Germany. Once completed in the fall of 2016, the new building will offer more than 96,875-sq. ft. of additional office, laboratory, and production space. The expansion also allows HELUKABEL to combine its

How are companies keeping production costs downs as blade sizes increase?

  Blades are getting longer as developers demand more power from current turbine platforms. To move the trend along, the Department of Energy recently offered up $1.8 million dollars in funding for the development of 60-m long (or more) wind-turbine blades on turbines that stretch over 120 m from base to hub. The challenge for blade-manufacturing

Why are composites of interest to the wind industry, and how are they made?

The wind industry is interested in composites because it allows manufacturing large yet light structures such as the nacelle housing and long blades. Demand in the U.S. composites market is expected to grow at 6.6% annually, reaching $10.3 billion by 2019. “High-performance composites consist of carbon, Kevlar, or glass fibers impregnated with a resin and

Kett double-cut shears extend material usage and reduce costs

Kett Tool’s KL-200 Double-Cut Shears help manufacturers and contractors conserve materials and cut costs. The shears deliver precision cuts in C.R. mild steel, stainless steel, plastic and Formica without warping or bending the original material or the finished piece. “The KL-200 allows for ease of operation without damaging the final product,” said Kathy Conlon, president

Italy’s construction equipment manufacturer MAIT designs and certifies a wind turbine

Fabrizio Sardella, The MAIT Wind Division MAIT S.p.A. Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona In Europe, MAIT is a well known manufacturer of construction equipment such as drilling machines for foundations. As a consequence of internal feasibility studies and evaluations developed in 2008 and 2009, the company decided to enter in the wind-energy business as wind-turbine

Moventas opens multi-brand gearbox service workshop in Minnesota

Moventas, one of the leading wind gear manufacturers and service providers, is expanding its network of high-quality wind gearbox service centers in North America by opening a service workshop in St Paul, Minnesota. With the addition of St Paul, Moventas is now within a day drive from nearly all of the installed North America fleet

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