Wind


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,...

Keys to Quality Coating Repairs

Let’s face it, coatings on steel towers at the site aren’t usually considered a maintenance issue until the corrosion begins to show up and becomes an eyesore. No one wants to see rust streaks down their towers, least of all the landowners....

What’s Under Your Hub? - Increasing or reducing expenses

Engineers always want to look into how something works, understand it, and tinker with it. Human nature, however, tends to lull us into complacency when we feel we’ve solved a problem. When something works, we tend not to revisit the issue. But...

Managing Blade Icing - New research and tools for anticipating icing events

As global wind capacity increases, companies are often finding the most favorable project locations – the so-called “low hanging fruit” – have already been developed. For this reason, many developers have turned to more challenging sites in...

Turbine Technology Assessment - Managing risks during development and construction 

Turbine technology and its impact on long term operations and maintenance (O&M) cost has often been overlooked during the pre-commissioning stage of a wind farm’s life cycle. In the past, certain turbine technologies have had serial issues...

Lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy for Wind Farm Facilities

Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) can be defined as the total cost of installing and operating a wind project expressed in dollars per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated. These costs include installation, financing, taxes, operations and...

Wind Power Siting and Communities - How to avoid a Standing Rock situation

Whether land-based or offshore, siting wind farms is a tricky process. Companies have to deal with complex permitting requirements, technical feasibility considerations, wildlife and environmental impacts, local politics, and landowner and community...

Managing Project Risk in Emerging Markets

Due to a variety of economic drivers, lack of deal flow, and declining returns, many renewable energy investors are being compelled to transition from mature markets like North America and Europe, to emerging market investments. This trend is well...

Torque Data

Torque Data Key to wind turbine design and production Torque is an important variable to the designers and manufacturers of wind turbine technology. Torque data is especially critical in the evaluation of wind turbine components such as bearings,...

Top Treating Oils with Additives 

Top Treating Oils with Additives  Does it deliver optimal equipment performance? Recently, there has been talk about the potential benefits of top treating wind turbine gearbox oil with additives to mitigate lubricant degradation and extend...

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