Tagged * Windpower Engineering & Development™

How large offshore wind turbines are challenging bearing designs

By Paul Dvorak Phillipp Schmid, Application Engineer, SKF Philipp Schmid Since 2012, offshore turbines with total power outputs in excess of one GigaWatt (GW) have been coming on stream in European waters every year. According to WindEUROPE, Offshore wind in Europe saw a net 1,558 MW of additional grid-connected capacity installed in 2016. Despite the…

Classic wind-mill blade inspires one for a wind turbine

By Paul Dvorak A new design for turbine blades is said to overcome most of the handicaps of conventional designs including cost, manufacturing complexity, and maintenance. Inspiration came from a classic Dutch windmill that used several sections of canvas on each blade. Instead of canvas, the student pilot and inventor Phillip Ridings began questioning conventional…

How to choose the right insulation tester?

By Michelle Froese Editor’s note: This article comes from Megger, a designer and manufacturer of portable electrical test equipment. Read the company’s blog postings here. For more tips on choosing the right insulation tester for your project, check out Megger’s Guidebook here. Choosing the right insulation tester to get a job done can be a…

Highview Power and SNC-Lavalin to deploy liquid air energy storage

By Kathie Zipp Highview Power, which provides long-duration energy storage solutions, will be collaborating with SNC-Lavalin to deploy energy storage solutions for utility-scale applications in North America. This alliance between the liquid air energy storage (LAES) provider and professional services and project management company will address the rapidly growing utility-scale energy storage market that is…

Megger raises $20,300 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

By Michelle Froese Megger, a manufacturer of portable electrical testing equipment, recently held its 17th annual Megger Distributor Golf Event, raising $20,300 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. The event, held every year at Ahwatukee Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, is organized in honor of 21-year old cancer graduate Tyler Danner, who is a senior at…

Moventas celebrates its gearbox factory expansion in Finland

By Michelle Froese Moventas’ Exceed is designed to provide a competitive edge by lowering the LCoE of wind turbines. Learn more here. Moventas says its factory expansion on wind-turbine gearbox assembly and testing capacity in Jyväskylä, Finland, is proceeding well. The topping out ceremony was celebrated in January, with municipally owned real estate company, Jykia…

PG&E hits California’s 2020 renewable energy goal

By Michelle Froese Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has reached California’s 2020 renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule, and now delivers nearly 80% of its electricity from greenhouse-gas (GHG) free resources. PG&E delivers nearly 80% of its electricity from emissions’ free sources. The company announced that 33% of its electricity came from…

ENGIE North America acquires Infinity Renewables

By Michelle Froese ENGIE North America Inc. announced that it has acquired Infinity Renewables, a developer of utility-scale wind projects in the United States. The acquisition includes more than 8,000 MW of projects in various stages of development. The combined ENGIE and Infinity Renewables team will be working together to complete development and construction of…

TransAlta acquires two construction-ready wind projects in U.S. Northeast

By Michelle Froese Both wind projects are expected to complete construction and begin operations by the end of 2019. TransAlta Renewables Inc. announced that it has entered into an arrangement to acquire two construction-ready projects in the Northeast United States. The wind development projects include: A 90-MW project located in Pennsylvania, which has a 15-year…

U.S. developers to rethink business case for wind

By Michelle Froese Editor’s note: This article comes from K2 Management, an experienced owner’s engineer and lender’s technical advisor for wind ad solar projects. It is authored by Carsten Ploug Jensen, K2 Management’s Country Manager, North America. When U.S. President Donald Trump recently reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% he decreased the…

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