Tagged * Windpower Engineering & Development™

Berkshire Wind Co-op to expand Massachusetts wind farm

By Michelle Froese The Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corporation (BWPCC), owner of the 10-turbine, 15-MW Berkshire Wind Power Project in Hancock, Massachusetts, announced “Phase Two” of the wind farm. Phase Two will include construction of two new wind turbines atop Brodie Mountain, bringing the site’s generating capacity to 19.6 MW. When it began operation in…

Apple launches new clean-energy fund in China

By Michelle Froese Apple has announced a first-of-its-kind investment fund in China that will connect suppliers with renewable energy sources. Ten initial suppliers and Apple will jointly invest nearly $300 million over the next four years into the China Clean Energy Fund, as part of the company’s commitment to address climate change and increase the…

Report: Offsite renewable energy procurement expected to reach $15.6 Billion by 2027

By Michelle Froese A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for corporate buyers’ procurement of renewable energy from utility-scale, offsite renewable energy (ORE) projects through 2027. This report analyzes the global market for corporate utility-scale ORE procurement solutions. The study examines key drivers, barriers, and transaction models. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions,…

A closer look at variable renewable energy sources and the electric grid

By Michelle Froese The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has released the Renewable Energy Grid Integration Data Book, which sheds some light on questions about how power system operators handle the uncertainty that comes with variable renewable energy (VRE) sources of power. VRE sources — those that vary in nature, such as wind…

Your turbine talks through vibration trends. Are you listening?

By Michelle Froese By David Clark, PresidentCMS Wind An electrical current that discharges through a bearing produces damage of this sort called fluting. The purpose of condition monitoring is to predict failures. Vibration condition monitoring, when configured correctly (and most are not), gives a lead time to failures from 6 to 24 months on major…

New HighFlow Wind reinforcement fabrics launched for blade manufacturing

By Michelle Froese HighFlow Wind Energy is the first product launch from Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s new platform, which includes a range of high-performance reinforcement fabrics. According to HighFlow, the material is designed to deliver unrivaled performance for lightweight composite materials. Ahlstrom-Munksjö HighFlow aims to address the wind industry’s need for efficient resin infusion, complete fabric wet out,…

Nordex awarded its largest single wind contract to date

By Michelle Froese The wind turbines will be mounted on 120-m concrete towers, which Nordex will produce at its plant in Brazil The Nordex Group has gained the largest single contract in its history: it will supply and install turbines for the Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm in Brazil. The Enel Green Power.project has a…

Skyspecs’ CEO talks drones for wind-turbine O&M

By Michelle Froese In this episode of WindTalk podcast, we discuss drones for wind-turbine blade and tower inspections. Our expert guest is Danny Ellis, CEO of SkySpecs, a company that offers drone inspections for wind turbines, combined with intuitive software that allows for high-quality data capture. In fact, SkySpecs offers a 15-minute automated robotic inspection,…

ABB technologies enable a stronger U.S. power grid

By Michelle Froese The impact of an extended power outage on an economy can never be underestimated. For insights, look no further than the cost of regional, weather-related outages such as major hurricanes in the United States alone. In 2012, a Congressional Research Service study estimated the inflation-adjusted cost of weather-related outages at $25 to…

New Hampshire’s capital commits to 100% renewables

By Michelle Froese The City Council of Concord, New Hampshire has voted to establish a goal of transitioning the city to 100% clean and renewable energy. The state capital becomes the largest city in New Hampshire to make this commitment. The resolution that passed on Monday establishes that the Concord Energy and Environment Committee will…

WindEnergy Hamburg to showcase optimized products for global wind industry

By Michelle Froese In recent years, increasing pressure to drive downwind turbine manufacturing prices has spurred enormous advances in technology. For example, turbine and rotor sizes have grown at an impressive speed, and many other innovations have enabled significant improvements in terms of energy output and cost efficiency. The introduction of auction systems for tendering…

UL releases June 2018 Wind Trends Bulletin

By Michelle Froese Renewable energy consultants, UL (formerly AWS Truepower) have released their Wind Trends Bulletin for June 2018. Monthly wind performance maps for June show deviations from average conditions in the wind resource for the month in every region of the world. The monthly Wind Trends Bulletin is based on a custom combination of…

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