Wind


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...

Significant Growth on the Horizon for US Offshore Wind

After a slow start, development of the US’s significant offshore wind resources is now truly up and running, with twelve projects in advanced stages of development nationwide. Indeed, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimating its...

How Well Do You Really Know Your Safety?

When it comes to safety, are you on the cusp of epic greatness, or on a one-way electrical highway to disaster? We challenge you to take the following quiz to determine your safety knowledge.   You remove your rubber gloves from a...

Keeping Pandora’s Box Closed

Successfully Executing a Change in Operations and Maintenance Service Strategy Renewable energy asset owners are frustrated with the perceived lack of control, flexibility, and transparency they receive from an original equipment manufacturer...

Widening the Scope of Due Diligence

Renewable energy markets around the world are in flux; costs are being driven down, and as a result governments and consumers expect to see significant reductions in the financial support given to renewable energy projects. The increasing use of...

A Forecast Tailored to Your Needs

A data story It may seem obvious, but when it comes to forecasting the wind, you need to know a wind farm’s production for a given horizon. A multitude of input data is required; the first is weather. This data may arrive in different forms,...

Rubber Goods:  All Eyes on Safety with Daily Visual Inspections

“Being safe is not a matter of good luck.  It is deliberate attention to what we do and how we do it which includes the highest integrity of our rubber goods, the testing services and individual ownership of their visual inspection of their...

It’s Time to Talk about Virtual Net Demand

Over the past 10 years, many states implemented regulatory changes to energy policy to establish net metering as a way to integrate solar into the energy mix. Net metering worked well to standardize the value of solar energy, providing clarity...

A Windfall of New Sponsors Fueling Industry Growth

Project sponsors in the wind industry are becoming numerous and increasingly diverse. Over the past two years, the industry’s brass has expanded beyond its handful of usual sponsors to include traditional independent power producers, utilities,...

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Reliability Centered Maintenance: For wind turbine blades

To maximize operating efficiency, decrease downtime, and understand the overall health of wind turbines, it’s...

Wind Power & Market Expansion: Warranting a course of action

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