Signal Energy creates Dallas-based Wind Division

Signal Energy is creating a Dallas-based Wind Division to focus on wind energy opportunities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and further grow Signal’s already significant wind project portfolio. Signal Energy provides a full portfolio of engineering, procurement, and construction and balance-of-plant services for renewable energy and infrastructure projects globally. Lance Gopffarth has been tapped to lead the

NEC to supply 20-MW energy storage system to Ørsted

NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, is supplying Ørsted UK with a 20-MW GSS Grid Storage Solution.  “The future energy system will be completely transformed from what it is today, with a smarter, more flexible grid, balancing supply and demand with new technology and cleaner energy generation,” said Matthew Wright, Managing Director […]

Siemens Gamesa seals 508-MW deal to repower three U.S. wind farms

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed two agreements with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to repower 508 MW in the US at three wind farms in Texas. Under the first agreement, SGRE will repower 362 units of Vestas’ V47 wind turbines at the Indian Mesa and Woodward wind farms in Texas. The V47

Technostrobe partners to provide new offshore wind lighting solutions

Technostrobe, a Quebec-based manufacturer of obstruction lighting systems for air navigation, has acquired a majority interest in ITO Navaids, a Dutch company that specializes in marine navigation aids. The companies plan to provide obstruction lighting for marine infrastructure and offshore wind farms. Technostrobe believes that this transaction will facilitate entry into key European markets. It will also strengthen

New Ardenna venture to offer drone inspections of wind turbines

On the heels of its groundbreaking success with BNSF Railway in the achievement of truly automated long-range UAS supplemental track inspections, Bihrle Applied Research (Bihrle) announced that it is spinning-off its computer vision and machine learning capabilities in a new venture called Ardenna. Ardenna will offer solutions for the automated detection, classification, and reporting of

Wind power is leading energy charge with strong U.S. market through 2020, says GWEC

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update, showing a maturing industry successfully competing in the marketplace, even against heavily subsidized traditional power generation technologies. More than 52 GW of clean, emissions-free wind power was added in 2017, bringing total installations to 539 GW globally. With new records set in

MHI Vestas and Parkwind partner to construct Belgium’s Northwester 2 offshore wind farm

The offshore wind industry will look to Belgium for its first glimpse at Vestas’ V164-9.5 MW turbine, currently the most powerful available wind turbine globally. The 224-MW Northwester 2 project, the fourth collaboration between Parkwind and MHI Vestas, will comprise 23 turbines and provide enough clean energy to power 220,000 Belgian homes. “The Northwester 2 timing

Battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies raise $472 million in VC funding

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2018. Battery storage Corporate funding in Battery Storage came to $299 million in 12 deals compared to […]

GE and ORD sign R&D agreement to test 12-MW Haliade-X turbine

GE Renewable Energy and the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed a five-year research and development agreement to test and develop next-generation offshore wind technologies. “This collaboration is great news and highlights our world-class research and testing facilities,” said UK Government Energy & Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry. “Through our Industrial Strategy, we

How to extend slip-ring life in wind turbines

By Jesse Shearer, Slip Ring Engineering Supervisor United Equipment Accessories A healthy wind turbine is a productive turbine, one that can improve a wind owner’s ROI. However, even the smallest components can impact a turbine’s overall efficiency if damaged or overworked. Proper maintenance and design of turbine components are vital to keeping a wind farm