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‘Switching’ It Up: Finding the Right Solution to Make Wind Turbine Technology Safer

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[1], a wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing occupation in the United States. With the rising societal mandate for clean energy and efficient technologies, this type...

Wind Solutions Overcome Challenges in Hazardous Conditions

The wind industry has grown to the point where it is now the fourth largest source of electrical power in North America after natural gas, coal, and nuclear. Industry reports indicate that global electricity generation from wind energy reached 60 GW...

Bat Smart Curtailment Suitability Assessment and Modeling

In the US, two mitigation methods have proven to reduce bat fatalities by wind turbines: standard curtailment (see Arnett et al.2008) and smart curtailment (see Sutter et al.2017). The rather discouraging results from recent deterrents...

Extreme Weather Conditions vs. Proportional Pitch Control Valves

In many instances, performance of the hydraulic pitch control is scrutinized in suitable weather conditions. However, these control systems are exposed to a variety of extreme weather conditions that can greatly affect both pitch performance, and...

Keeping Wind Turbines Turning in Harsh Environments Starts with Lubrication

Wind energy is a promising source of renewable energy, but harnessing this resource often requires wind turbine equipment to be located in remote or harsh environments. Unexpected places where you will find wind farms include the fierce North Sea,...

Swinging from a Wind Turbine in an Earthquake

On September 19, 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the central region of Mexico.  Blade technician Ewa Pilch and engineer Narciso Lozano happened to be uptower during the 20 seconds the ground heaved beneath them. The company in...

4 Reasons Why Wind Farms Need Professional Weather Services

Monitoring weather conditions at wind farms requires a unique and precise collection of meteorological intelligence. Many wind farms operate in the path of volatile and unpredictable weather patterns, which can make operations and maintenance...

How to Keep Your Turbine Spinning

The design and manufacturing of a slip ring component is imperative to the overall function and efficiency of a wind turbine. Wind turbines require reliable transmission of power and data signals from the nacelle to the control system for the...

Powering the Future with the Winds of Change

Wind power is one of humans’ earliest sources of energy. As nations and industries across the world step up the fight against climate change, it’s also one of the most vital for our future. One of the major barriers to the widespread adoption...

The Wind Industry Goes Craneless

Are we, as an industry, getting closer to eliminating the need for mobile cranes entirely? The market for the installation, operation and maintenance of wind turbines continues to grow globally. In order to keep pace with generation capacity, we...

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