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Using AI to Pinpoint the New “Normal” in Wind Turbine Performance

We expect machines to be more consistent than we humans, but the truth is, machine behavior can vary daily. Fortunately, or unfortunately, these variations are more likely to be due to external factors like temperature and wear, rather than which...

A New Dawn for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Large, horizontal axis wind turbines are becoming a ubiquitous aspect of the landscape – both onshore, as well as offshore. Designs and efficiencies continue to improve, and costs keep coming down. As the wind market matures, more and more players...

Emergency Pitch Control: How ultracapacitors improve efficiency and reduce O&M costs

Wind farm operators make every effort to maximize turbine production, but they often face maintenance issues that disrupt operations. Battery-based emergency pitch control systems can be a leading contributor to turbine downtime and maintenance...

Using Infrared Drone Technology to Test Wind Turbines

Drones - equipped with high-resolution digital and infrared cameras, and connected to GPS satellites by real-time kinometric (RTK) positioning - are revolutionizing how wind farms are inspected and maintained.  Today, a drone can inspect...

Making the Latest Advancements in Weather Work for You

As a budding junior meteorologist in the mid-1970s, I used to wonder how cool it would be if I could pull up a radar at home and see what the storm was doing. Instead, every night I had to settle for watching my favorite television meteorologist use...

Fanning the Flames… What do we really know about wind turbine fires?

The answer is pretty clear when it comes to fires that make the headlines; impressive videos of fires burning out of control, toxic black smoke filling the sky, burning turbine blades, and other parts shooting through the sky are well documented...

Data Engineering for Wind Power Optimization: The promise and challenges

Artificial Intelligence. Deep Learning. Neural Networks. Machine Learning. Blockchain. Big data. We are surrounded by these technology buzz words and their promise of software panaceas. The unspoken assumption is to collect a lot of data, apply...

When the Sky is Falling: The hazard of dropping objects in offshore wind

The U.S. offshore wind industry is spreading its wings.  Established businesses, predicting higher revenues for 2019, are taking advantage of the opportunities for offshore to scale up. Offshore wind continues to be a vital and thriving...

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...

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...

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