Freudenberg designs new radial shaft seal ring for main bearings in wind turbines

The global expansion of wind-power facilities is proceeding unabated. Based on figures from Global Wind Energy Council, nearly 487 GW of output from wind energy were in place at the end of 2016. At the start of the decade, the installed output wasn’t even half that amount. It is not just the number of facilities that

Parker Hannifin to showcase KleenVent Coolant Evaporation Inhibitor solution at WINDPOWER 2017

Parker Hannifin, a provider of motion and control solutions, will be showcasing its KleenVent Coolant Evaporation Inhibitor solution (KV-CEI) at the upcoming WINDPOWER 2017, in Anaheim, CA May 23 to 25. (Visit Booth #2886) The product is targeted at owners of 1.5-MW wind turbines that use an open-loop, water-glycol based IGBT cooling system. Warm atmospheric temperatures lead

Granada awarded davit crane contract for Beatrice Offshore Wind

Bladt Industries has awarded a major contract to Manchester company Granada Material Handling to design, manufacture, deliver, and commission 30 davit crane units for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project, one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure. The Granada Python crane units has been specifically designed for Beatrice and the

PSI Repair Services to highlight its diverse engineering services at WINDPOWER 2016

PSI Repair Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries and independent service provider (ISP) to the wind energy industry, will highlight its wide range of engineering services at WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition. PSI’s engineering services include custom tests, product upgrades, remanufacturing services, and new product manufacturing services. The custom test program leverages the

Parker development in plating hydraulic tube fittings and adapters for longer corrosion resistance

Parker Hannifin Corporation, a developer of motion and control technologies, has enhanced their tube fittings and adapters with ToughShield (TS1000) plating, which keeps fitting rust free up to 1,000 hours, according to ASTM B117 neutral salt spray tests. The superior coating is the result of years of investment in metallurgical and surface analysis capabilities. “The

Where are hydraulics used in a wind turbine?

The muscle that pitches wind-turbine blades can come from either a hydraulic or electric device on most turbines rated at and below 2.5 MW. But for turbines over 3 MW, the job of pitching blades more often falls to hydraulics. And hydraulics can handle more. “Hydraulics in wind turbines usually refers to the assemblies for

Turbine components: bearings

Where are bearings used in a wind turbine? Although bearings are used many places throughout a nacelle, such as in the yaw and pitch bearings and on the generators, those on main shafts and gearboxes are most problematic. In main-shaft bearings, modular wind-turbine designs commonly use spherical-roller bearings (SRB) units that are more than 1m

Evonik improves gearbox durability with synthetic gear oil

Lubricant specialist, Evonik, was at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition last week, addressing wind turbine gear oil equipment challenges with Formulation 8175, a synthetic wind turbine gear oil. “Evonik’s Formulation 8175 addresses many needs in the wind turbine market including durability, energy efficiency, and extended service life,” shared Aidan

Shermco introduces new oil lab sample kit

Shermco Industries is an independent provider of safe and reliable acceptance testing, commissioning, maintenance, and repair and re-manufacturing of electrical equipment and power distribution systems. The company recently announced its new offering of a free insulating oil sampling kit. The analysis kit includes all the components needed for easily drawing and shipping an oil sample.

SKF offers new entry-level laser shaft-alignment system

SKF announced the introduction of the TKSA 31 shaft-alignment tool for easy laser alignment at an entry-level price. Developed for rotating machines in industrial applications, the instrument helps customers identify and correct shaft mis-alignments to improve equipment uptime and reliability, and lower maintenance costs. The TKSA 31 and previously announced TKSA 41 are sharing the