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Breathing Life into Older Wind Turbines

Similar to the situation with a lot of the operating wind fleet in North America, owners of aging equipment have been faced with a vast array of challenges while continuing to operate their turbines in their current state. This has led to lost...

Innovation in Wind Energy Construction

With heightened awareness about climate change and a growing global push towards using more renewable energy sources, there is a strong uptick in both the size and complexity of renewable projects. Wind farms, in particular, are expanding at...

Engineered Coatings for Roller Bearings Help Avoid Costly Repairs

Wind turbine mainshaft and gearbox bearings are subject to severe operating conditions. Volatile winds, extreme weather, and variable load scenarios can challenge the limits of bearing performance and reliability, particularly as turbines grow...

Misapplied Derating: How wind farm owners lose hundreds of MWh each year

Turbines have been operated at a fraction of their maximal efficiency for years - but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Limiting a turbine’s performance is known as derating, and it can benefit both turbine lifetime, limit noise, and support...

Moving Forward with Maintenance 4.0

Digital transformation and the power of big data is fueling a manufacturing revolution. To remain competitive, operations and IT must work together to transform data into meaningful, actionable insights that create value and solve problems for...

The Downside of Growth Why more wind projects = more problems

According to the American Wind Energy Association’s fourth quarter market report for 2019, the industry experienced the third strongest year on record, with 9,143 MW of wind power capacity added to the American grid. The industry added 55 projects...

A Not-So-Perfect “10”

In late June, after the end of New York State’s 2019 legislative session, my organization organized a bus ride from the state Capitol in Albany to visit two remarkable renewable energy projects in the Black River Valley and the Tug Hill Plateau....

Clir Hires Didier Frávega, Targets Underperforming Wind Assets in Latin America

Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for wind energy,has announced the recruitment of Didier Frávega, formerly of Senvion and GE, as the firm expands the reach of its wind optimization platform across Latin...

Digitalization: The Key to Smarter Operations & Maintenance Spending

As operators rush to take advantage of the expiring renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC), the U.S. is forecast to add a record-setting 14.6 gigawatts (GW) of wind power in 2020. That rush of investments and production of wind energy...

Yaw Solutions

One of the most prevalent problems found across all Wind Turbine platforms happens in the yaw system design components. Further, from a point of view of the neighborhood community, noise emitting from the troublesome Yaw system (commonly referred to...

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