Distributed renewable energy may be the formula for Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery

With $9 billion of debt, in July 2017, PREPA (Puerto Rico utility) filed for bankruptcy relief due to the cumulative impact of years of mismanagement, mounting operation and maintenance problems, the failure to recover the costs of providing power to its customers, years’ long battles with creditors, and a diminished workforce.

The ABCs of fall protection

About every 10 minutes in the United States somebody gets hurt from something falling. That “something” is typically an object or tool from a construction site, which may be at a wind farm. Effective fall protection requires a combination of products working together, often described as the ABC’s of fall protection. The anchorage connector, body support,

How simulation software is improving the wind industry

Advances in wind-turbine design and operation over the past few years have improved several bottom lines making wind energy more efficient and affordable than ever. Although much of this can be attributed to what’s visible — the innovative components and hardware that go into these machines — much credit should go to what’s behind the

A few observations on the offshore wind industry

A savvy Brit recently suggested that the U.S. offshore wind industry should take advantage of European experience.

What if you could you build a wind turbine for hurricane-speed winds?

If you’re a wind industry advocate, as soon as you hear talk of wind speeds, even hurricane wind speeds, you think wind turbines.

China already surpassing some of its 2020 clean-energy targets

Coal still makes up the largest part of China’s energy consumption but that is changing, and quicker than most have anticipated. Earlier this year, the country announced plans to cancel more than 100 coal plants under development, which would have generated 120 GW or so of electricity capacity. Some have suggested that had the coal

Sizing up new offshore vessels, cranes & shuttles

Some call it the “high wind” or “offshore paradox.” The further offshore a wind project, the more challenging it is to install safely and cost-effectively. But despite the difficulty, a few global wind developers have their sights set on deeper waters and higher winds, which hold the promise of greater power generation. This means offshore

Growth in wind power driving supply chain demand in Western Canada

One of the most significant opportunities for Canada’s industrial supply base, over the next decade, lies in providing products and services to the North American wind-power industry. Over the past 10 years, global energy capacity has continued to grow at an average annual rate of more than 25%. Global investment in wind energy is projected

How might flywheels impact the transmission grid and renewables?

Since the invention of the potter’s wheel, flywheels have helped smooth the flow of energy in machines. Over time, more modern devices have found their way into some buses, trains, cranes, and automobiles, typically in the form of regenerative braking. In these cases otherwise wasted energy, say from a vehicle decelerating or stopping, is captured

Renewables continue to break records and (good news) there’s room for improvement

Today, countries across the globe rely less on fossil fuels and are continuing to focus on powering the world through clean energy from renewables.