What considerations should wind-farm developers make when planning for transportation & logistics?

Planning a wind farm is no easy task. After the site is secured and permitting complete, the wind farm must be designed and turbines selected and then transported for construction. While some developers may source local parts where available, typically many turbine components (think gearboxes, bearings, generators, blades, and others) are ordered from multiple locations.

Advancing the U.S. offshore wind industry

Offshore wind power in Europe saw a record 3,148 MW of net installed capacity last year alone. Britain also broke installation records by accounting for more than half of that in new offshore wind capacity. Perhaps it is time the United States sped up its offshore progress. After completing one small yet successful five-turbine offshore

How EVs will drive the wind industry and vice versa

Is it possible to redeem vehicles from such disrepute by substituting EVs electric drives for internal combustion engines?

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