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Wind Turbine Worker ...
Wind power continues to be a growing driver for renewable energy. The United States currently boasts....
What’s the differe...
Utility-scale solar plants require a SCADA system to address the unique challenges of managing PV po....
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External sampling devices allow technicians to take transformer oil samples without first de-energiz....
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Designing and building large commercial pool solar thermal systems presents many interesting challen....
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The rising popularity of solar has seen a flood of new products on the market, each promising clean,....

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Wind Turbine Worker Safety – the Human factor
Wind power continues to be a growing driver for renewable energy. The United States currently boasts 90,004 MW of cumulative installed wind capacity; more than 54,000 wind turbines are operating in 41 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico, with over 1,00....
Geotechnical Surveys for Offshore Wind Farms: 5 Important Considerations
Some level of Site Investigation has been completed on every offshore wind farm to date. But what does the process entail, and how can developers plan ahead to maximize the value of these surveys, while avoiding project delays and cost overruns? W....
Data, Analytics, and AI: Driving change in the wind industry
Wind energy generation continues to gain ground on traditional fossil fuel production, but there is still much work to be done. Every turbine asset needs to perform at maximum capacity and maximum useful-life, to reach industry sustainability. Wind e....
ASAP VERTICAL LIFELINE is a temporary vertical lifeline designed to protect against falls from height. It is made up of an ASAP mobile fall ....
Schaeffler designed its new Asymmetric Mainshaft Support Bearing for extreme applications where a wind turbine’s mainshaft bearing is thre....
The condition monitoring solution offered by B&K Vibro is based upon its Diagnostic Data Acquisition Unit (DDAU) hardware, companion Vib....
Han-Modular CAN ID Module has 10MB of memory storage for retaining the revision status of drives and their parameters and other technical in....

What’s the difference? SCADA Operational Management vs Performance Management
Utility-scale solar plants require a SCADA system to address the unique challenges of managing PV power generation. Although SCADA systems monitor and control a wide range of devices at sites, they can be even more beneficial when used for perfo....
Das SolarBuggy ist Sehr Gut
Hoping to set a Guinness World Record, students from a German university are building a solar vehicle that will be powered by the blazing, Australian desert sun. Students at Bochum University of Applied Sciences call their solar buggy “Froggee....
Repowering Your Commercial Solar System
Solar operations and maintenance service are recognized as an integral part of any PV system’s operational requirements. Consistent availability, and rapid return to service times, allow asset managers to forecast energy production with greater rel....
LeadSolar Energy Inc, releases the LS600X-Z series dual module microinverters. The micro is designed to support either 20 Panasonic 330W or ....
LeadSolar Energy, Inc. has announced the release of their LS600-Z series dual module microinverters. With a maximum power output of 700Ws, t....
TDK Corporation announced the EPCOS MKP Y2 series capacitors for EMI suppression. This new series is designed for rated voltages of 300 VAC,....
 SnapNrack’s Ultra Rail System is a sleek, lightweight rail solution for mounting solar modules on the roof. Ultra Rail, a lighter ra....

Energy Storage

The Automobile REVolution
It’s a rare opportunity to see a technology inflection point as it’s occurring. With electric vehicles, many would say we are at the bend in the proverbial hockey stick. In the U.S. alone, the EV year to date sales increased 59 percent ....
The Case for Long Duration Energy Storage
Energy storage devices are rapidly being deployed as independent power producers (IPPs) and utilities look for ways to improve power generation economics, balance the grid, and increase reliability. As more wind and solar generation is added to the g....
Hydro Pumped Storage: Maintaining Grid Operations and Balance Demands
With increasing renewable energy generation being deployed throughout the world, the share of variable renewable sources such as wind and solar power are growing rapidly. The term, “variable” is used to describe solar and wind power, since the en....
Dynapower’s energy storage system, the BTM-250, featuring their UL listed 1741 MPS-250 smart inverter integrated with Samsung SDI batterie....
Victron Energy’s MultiPlus-II comes with a stylish steel enclosure, a large internal electronics redesign, and a low production cost, whic....
Rittal’s VX25 is an enclosure system designed specifically to boost productivity in control and switchgear manufacturing and Industry 4.0 ....
Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and Pika Energy introduced a significant upgrade to the Harbor Smart Battery portfolio with the Har....

Energy Efficiency

Saving Water One Drop at a Time with IoT
IoT is gaining strides in utility applications. More recently, it’s found an innovative use in agriculture, as farmers work to more precisely gauge irrigation needs and conserve water resources. Smarter irrigation is essential because far....
Complacency - The Erosion of Safety
There is a hidden trap waiting to ambush even the most competent construction worker, superintendent, or engineer.  It is called complacency.Complacencyis the feeling of self-satisfaction, contentment, and (occasionally) smugness. It become....
USDA REAP Loans: FACT vs. Fiction
Loans for renewable energy projects using the USDA REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) are essential to increasing our energy independence.  REAP loans have longer terms, low interest rates, and are fully amortized, with no calls o....
The VIPer11 off-line converter with embedded 800V avalanche-rugged MOSFET from STMicroelectronics enables equipment makers to design tougher....
Announcing the introduction of the Swiffer Continuous Clean Air Cleaning System, specifically designed to help keep room surfaces cleaner 2x....
Eutect GmbH’s laser knife takes soldering of flexible foils, cable strands and ribbon cables to a new level. The laser knife, which has th....
TDK Corporation has expanded the MAF series of noise suppression filters with the new MAF2520ASS600C type that is designed especially for LE....