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US Wind Industry Delivers Strong First Quarter

The US wind industry installed over 1,800 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity in the first quarter, while the volume of projects under construction set a new record, according to the newly released 

Elements of Surprise

In an industry where most critical infrastructure is left outdoors to face the elements day in and day out, mother nature’s wrath is one of the many operational challenges that renewable companies must contend with. Whether you operate a solar...

Coming Out Ahead: How to benefit from the loss of an OEM

Any time a major manufacturer exits an industry, that absence creates a market disruption for its customers. This is especially true when customers develop such a symbiotic relationship with their OEM that it leaves them in a uniquely vulnerable...

The Height of Safety

Being struck by falling objects is the fifth leading cause of industrial accidents, costing billions every year. The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and American National Safety Institute (ANSI) worked with major tether...

Protecting from a Wind Fall

If there is one constant in energy production over the past several decades, it has to be change. The energy landscape is in constant motion, reacting to changes in demand, regulations, or the shift from carbon-based energy to renewable energy...

Repowering a Fleet

46GW of the U.S. wind fleet is turning ten years or older this year. Wind technology has developed so rapidly in the last decade that new solutions can deliver major benefits to these decade(s)-old plants. When an existing plant is modified with new...

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...

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