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When Lightning Strikes

Over the past decade, we’ve all watched the world’s energy markets shift towards cleaner, alternative sources. Technological advancements in renewable industries like wind, solar, and tidal, have enabled us to make these potential solutions a...

Wind Turbine Interior Lighting: Welcome to the 21st Century

It has long been recognized that safe and efficient maintenance is an important component of effective wind turbine asset management. Interior wind turbine lighting for inspection and maintenance purposes plays an important supporting role in these...

Permitting Barriers to Technology Testing and Adoption

The DOE Wind Vision report has identified wildlife concerns, such as bat and eagle fatalities, as a barrier to the expansion of wind energy.  Tools such as wildlife detection, and deterrent technology, are becoming essential to minimize these...

Managing Supply Chain Costs through Digitalization & Forward Planning

Wind turbines are designed to operate for 20 years. However, wind operators experience gearbox failure rates of up to 50 percent across the lifetime of their fleet. As a result, the industry spends billions of dollars annually in supply chain costs....

Emerging Markets: Advise to New Investors

Renewable energy – and wind energy in particular – is increasingly becoming a global industry. More and more investors and developers are looking beyond the traditional European and U.S. markets, towards the emerging markets of Asia, Latin...

Small Slip Rings are a Big Deal

When most people think of wind turbines, bigger components like motors and blades immediately come to mind. Smaller components, on the other hand, are often overlooked. However, it’s those small components that can make or break a system. A...

U.S. Desert Plan (DRECP) Hurts Building Renewable Energy Projects in California

While California has a lot to offer any wind energy developer, pending legislation may soon change that dramatically. DRECP was designed to help protect the state’s environment but may actually set its progress back considerably. What Is the...

DOE’s Competitiveness Improvement Projects are Delivering Substantial Cost Reductions in the U.S. Distributed Wind Industry

Cost reductions, more reliable technology, and consumer friendly business models are making distributed generation (DG) more accessible to customers interested in producing their own electricity. However, since 2010, the U.S. market for distributed...

Practical Solutions for In Service Pitch Bearing Issues

Multiple wind turbine failure databases reveal that pitch bearings are one of the subassemblies with the highest failure rates, and largest contributors to overall downtime.  The average life of a pitch bearing varies by manufacturer, turbine,...

Using Wind Energy Efficiently: Hybrid Tower for Greater Yield

With every additional meter of hub height added to a wind turbine, the annual energy yield increases by 0.5 to 1 percent. Reduced wind turbulence resulting in significantly better wind yield speaks in favor of hub heights over 130 meters, especially...

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