What are some logistics considerations for U.S. wind projects?

Ask most people about the U.S. offshore wind industry and they think of the recently-launched Block Island project and eastern ports in New York City, Norfolk, and Charleston. But those aren’t the only U.S. projects making progress. For instance, there is a wind project in Lake Erie, and ports along the Great Lakes are participating

Bigfoot Crane Co. features mobile wind meters

Bigfoot Crane Company recently introduced its new crane wind meters for North America. The company’s Windy Smartphone Anemometers uses wind speed and direction sensors to wirelessly transmit real-time wind and temperature data to smartphones or tablets. A free app is available that provides instant data of current, average, and maximum wind speed, direction, and temperature. History graphs may also be viewed. The

Enerpac releases new bolting tools catalog

Enerpac recently announced the release of its new Bolting Tools catalog in print and for download. The catalog features solutions for the bolting work-flow,as well as Enerpac’s bolting line for joint assembly, controlled tightening, and joint separation. Designed in an easy-to-use format, the Bolting Tools catalog introduces several bolting application challenges and solutions with a

G9 reports on marine-transfer design issues for offshore wind

A report resulting from the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9)’s first Safe by Design workshop is now available. The report explores a number of key topics associated with the transfer of personnel from a Crew Transfer Vessel to a transition piece (including design of the transfer connector, new designs in access systems,

How has wind-turbine O&M changed over the last couple of years?

Global expenditure for wind turbines Operations and Maintenance (O&M) is expected to rise from $9.25 billion in 2014 to an estimated $17 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The increasing number of installations and aging turbines are the primary cause for the predicted price hike. A wind farm’s O&M is an

Drone-based HUVR launches with $2 Million funding

HUVRData, a drone-based data analytics company, has officially launched, and recently announced $2 million-funding from angel investment organizations including Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), Houston Angel Network (HAN) and the Texas HALO Fund. In the past 1.5 years, HUVR has built out its technology, secured the full FAA approval for its commercial drone applications, and established its

DNV GL issues Statement of Feasibility for Alstom’s Oceade tidal turbine

DNV GL is supporting energy solutions and transport company Alstom through the process of achieving Prototype Certification of its tidal turbine Oceade 18 – 1.4 MW. Alstom has been selected to supply four Oceade 18 – 1.4 MW tidal turbines to one of the world’s first tidal stream arrays in the Raz Blanchard, France. DNV GL

GlobalData: U.S. Clean Power Plan could reduce coal power by up to 60 GW by 2020

The U.S. government’s recently-announced Clean Power Plan (CPP) will have a negative impact on the country’s coal industry, with the potential loss of up to 60 Gigawatts (GW) of coal power capacity by 2020, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. Pavan Vyakaranam, GlobalData’s Associate Project Manager covering Power, says that of

NextGen Climate launches television ad promoting transition to clean energy

NextGen Climate recently released a new television ad as part of its campaign calling on candidates and elected officials to lay their out plans to transition our nation to a clean energy economy. The new ad was made by a creative team led by acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky, and is the second collaboration between NextGen Climate

What factors should influence a developer’s choice of switchgear?

Switchgear controls high power electric power circuits. Its work encompasses switching and protecting individual wind turbines on a wind farm against abnormal conditions. Gas-insulated medium-voltage switchgear is most common in the wind industry. “Switchgear isolates strings of turbines in the collection system so that they may meet local inspection requirements and allow isolating a segment