Women in the wind industry

Women of Wind Energy, or WoWE, was founded in 2005 to ensure that women can partake in a full and productive role in the development of wind power. In this WindTalk podcast, WoWE’s Executive Director Kristen Graf speaks to us about the importance of women in the wind industry, including some of the successes and

New standards for wind-turbine cables

Underwriters Laboratories’ standards UL 6141 and UL 6142 are the first American safety standards developed specifically for wind turbines. These UL standards are intended to simplify the approval process for wind-turbine electrical systems and cables. In this WindTalk podcast, Bruce McDonald, Key Account Manager for HELUKABEL USA, a supplier of cables, wires, and related accessories for the

Keeping an eye on a wind farm’s balance-of-plant

More than wind turbines need maintenance on a wind farm. After the towers and turbines, everything else is the balance-of-plant.

Tips for first-time wind developers

Wind-power projects come with their own unique and often subtle challenges that can prove difficult for new developers, and easily make or break a potential wind farm. In this WindTalk podcast, a series of discussions with wind industry leaders, Jay Haley, a Principal in Charge of Wind Energy at EAPC, discusses key siting and wind

What drones can do for the wind industry

In this WindTalk podcast, we speak with Grant Leaverton, Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Aerial Inspection Resources (AAIR), about the use of unmanned aerial systems or drones at wind sites. AAIR is a conditional assessment firm that uses drones to provide aerial inspections and asset management to the wind and utility industries.  

Using industrial networking and 4G LTE communication at wind site

In this WindTalk podcast, a series of discussions with wind industry leaders, we speak with Daniel Liu, Business Development Manager for Moxa. Moxa is a provider of industrial networking and automation solutions, including products commonly used as part of wind-power applications, such remote communication and weather-monitoring at wind sites.   

Leasing options for small wind energy

United Wind offers leasing options to small wind customers in the United States. The company’s unique WindLease program lets qualified users generate wind power on their property with no upfront costs. In this podcast, we speak with United Wind’s Co-founder and CEO, Russell Tencer. He talks to us about small and distributed wind power and

Ensuring worker safety in the wind industry

Welcome to this WindTalk podcast, a series of discussions with wind-industry leaders. In this edition, we talk with Dustin Schneider, a Fall-protection Expert at Capital Safety, a 3M company. With over 17 years of experience, Dustin works directly with end-users and distributors to provide the best safety resources and training at industrial work sites. Here Dustin speaks to us

A new approach to wind-flow modeling

Welcome to this WindTalk podcast, a series of discussions with wind-industry leaders. In this edition, we talk with Liz Walls, the Co-founder of software-development company Cancalia Engineering & Consulting. Here she discusses the importance of wind modeling and the development of Continuum, a new wind-flow modeling software that provides a range of services, including met

Fall protection and safety training for wind-turbine technicians

Along with being one of the top turbine manufacturers, Siemens is also strongly committed to safety in the wind industry. In 2013, the company opened a 40,000-square-foot Wind Service Training Center in Orlando, Florida. It is one of four wind-training centers that Siemens operates globally. In this WindTalk podcast Billy Watts, the CEO for Siemens’