Minnesota Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, recently introduced a bill that would mandate radar-activated lighting systems on wind turbines in the state. Bill 3792 would require wind companies to implement radar-activated lighting systems that turn blinking lights atop wind turbines and tall towers on and off, depending on whether aircraft is in the vicinity. These Aircraft…
Preparing turbines for lightning strikes
By Michelle Froese, Senior editor Windpower Engineering & Development The average energy released in a lightning strike is 55 kWh. Understandably, most wind owners and operators breathe a sigh of relief when a major storm passes their wind farm without damage to a turbine. However, measurements have shown that lightning strikes may hold more power…
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…
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light Static Compensators (STATCOMs) that will smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy. They will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies…
Vestas launches InteliLight in the U.S.
Vestas‘ InteliLight, its active aviation light-management solution for wind turbines, has demonstrated performance to FAA standards and is officially ready for use in the U.S. The approval follows authority approval in Canada, Finland, Germany, Norway, and Sweden. Using radars with a minimum range of eight kilometers, InteliLight is an expanded product solution replacing OCAS that…
Obstruction lighting during wind farm construction
Ensure your wind turbines comply with federal obstruction lighting regulations by adhering to these three FAA requirements for lighting wind farm construction sites.
TechnoCentre éolien tests Technostrobe’s LIDS system for wind farms
The TechnoCentre éolien’s (TCE) technical expertise and infrastructures, designed for research in real-world conditions, has been put to use to allow for a breakthrough in the Quebec wind industry. More specifically, TCE has successfully tested the Lighting Intensity Dimming Solution (LIDS) developed by Technostrobe. The tests carried out by TCE will allow Technostrobe, which is based near…
ILSCO unveils Surge Suppression LLC for lightning & surge protection products
ARCOM and Surge Suppression have worked together to create customized versions of the industry-trusted MasterSpec sections to accurately specify SSI’s unique products.
Vestas intros InteliLight active aviation light management for wind farms
Vestas introduces InteliLight for wind turbines. InteliLight delivers reliable activation of aviation lights when needed, avoiding continuous and unnecessary lighting. The system autonomously scans a wind farm’s surrounding area. Each radar has a minimum range of eight kilometers. If an approaching airplane is detected, its distance, speed, and heading are tracked and an assessment is made…
Flash Technology says new website will launch soon
The new Flash website will use best practices in usability, ensuring multiple paths to needed information and a mobile responsive design for those times when you’re travelling or in the field.
Dialight launches industry’s most energy efficient A0/A1 24-48 Vdc red obstruction controller system
The A0/A1 obstruction light and system has the lowest dc-power consumption in the industry, making it ideal for operating its Vigilant Low (L-810) and Medium (L-864) Intensity Red Obstruction light typically for met towers for the wind industry or cellular communication towers where solar and battery or generators are typically used as the power source.
Nordex granted certification for aviation obstruction lighting system
With the market launch of its solution for a needs-based aviation obstruction lighting system, Nordex is taking a major step toward boosting the acceptance of wind farms among nearby residents. In March 2016, Nordex and its development partner were granted certification for their needs-based aviation obstruction lighting system. Nordex plans to begin serial production starting…
Larson Electronics announces the release of a 40 Watt hazardous location low profile LED light fixture
Larson Electronics, a company that specializes in industrial grade lighting solutions, announced the release of a 40 watt low profile LED light fixture approved for Class 1 Division 2 hazardous locations, while also carrying an ATEX Zone 1 & 2 rating, as well as PSE and SAA certifications.
New green LED safety shower stainless steel luminaire includes integrated battery backup, offers 5 years of maintenance-free performance
Dialight announced the launch of its new SafeSite Stainless Steel Green LED Linear Safety Shower luminaire that provides 5 full years of maintenance-free performance to ensure site safety.
LuxPro LED fiber optic illuminator
Harnessing the power of high-output LED’s, the LuxPro LED is as bright or brighter than traditional illuminators, making it a viable alternative to existing halogen technology.
Dialight launches IR-equipped LED dual red and white strobe
The Dual IR flash head and systems are approved through Intertek to the FAA AC 150/5345-43G and Engineering Brief No. 67D standards, with the addition of the IR LEDs to the standard red night operation to enhance visibility and safety for pilots, including those who utilize Night-Vision Goggles
Laufer Wind’s radar-activated obstruction lighting system for turbines meets FAA performance standards
The ADS is a radar-activated obstruction lighting system designed to turn blinking lights atop wind turbines and tall towers on or off, based on the presence or absence of aircraft in the vicinity.
Dialight adds motion detector to light. No need to find the switch
Dialight, a developer of LED lighting technology for industrial applications, has unveiled a wireless occupancy sensor, a battery-powered plug-and-play sensor that speeds and simplifies installation to provide maximum lighting control flexibility and energy savings in industrial applications. It is intended to work seamlessly with any Dialight smart lighting system. The new wireless sensor can be…
U.S. strides forward with lidar-controlled turbine
An industry landmark moment occurred on Oct. 29, 2014, when a team that included NREL, Stuttgart University and DNV GL achieved control of an operational wind turbine using a ZephIR wind lidar. “This new installation of a ZephIR DM has taken a new direction in reducing yaw misalignment by providing the opportunity for full turbine…
Why should owners replace conventional obstruction lights with LED versions?
If your company was a pioneer in the wind industry, your portfolio includes wind farms from the 80’s, 90’s, or early 2000s. More than likely, you still have older strobe or incandescent lighting products installed on those turbines and have been debating whether to replace them. As with any technology, there have been continual improvements…