Wind Turbine Blades Articles

  • Self-Closing Safety Gates for Regulating Platform Access - Case Study

    Semco Maritime is a project engineering company and they needed a safety solution to secure access to specific platforms. These platforms were used as a means by which semco Maritime would transport wind turbine blades.  Kee Safety's Self-Closing Safety Gate served as the perfect method of access protection that would keep workers safe and stand up against the elements for the long ...


    By Kee Safety, Inc.

  • Does Wind Turbine Blade Length Really Matter?

    Simply put: Longer wind turbine blade length means greater power production. Blades capture the wind which forces the rotation of the rotor; longer blades means more area for the wind to push against, which means greater force and rotational power. However, how much difference does blade length make overall, in comparison to other factors? There is a standard formula that can be used to apply the ...

  • Small Wind Turbines tested: “Fortis Montana best performance”

    The market for commercial wind turbines is maturing even as they get bigger and bigger, but the market for small wind turbines is quite young, with some people comparing it to the car industry early in the 19th century. Although some manufacturers have been in the business for over two decades, most suppliers are from this millennium. And that shows. As in most immature markets, there are ...


    By Fortis Wind Energy

  • Drones for Wind Turbine Inspection

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Inspection Services for Wind Turbines: Global Market Assessment and Forecasts By the beginning of 2015, there were nearly 270,000 individual wind turbines operating globally. The more than 800,000 blades spinning on these turbines are battered by the elements over time and gradually wear out. Deterioration can cause reduced energy ...

  • Tillsonburg: From tobacco farming to building wind turbine blades

    The story of Tillsonburg is probably close to the ideal example of what the Ontario government was looking for when it enacted the Green Energy Act in 2009. A small town of 16,000 people in southwestern Ontario, Tillsonburg’s history is famously celebrated in Stomping Tom Connor’s distinctive drawl when he sung about making seven ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy

    The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today — and those waiting in the wings — point to a hopeful future. Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed ...


    By Ensia

  • Resting concerns about wasted energy

    Recently, opponents of wind farm developments, as in those hanging tightly on to the notion of oil is all, have suggested that an increase in wind farm footprints could actually damage the environment by causing dirty air. The phrase is commonly used by sailors to describe the drop in air movement caused by another boats sails catching the breeze. However, this situation is different from wind ...


    By Stanford Magnets

  • Performance estimation of HAWT blade using NACA airfoils

    Wind energy is one of the developing resources of renewable energy. In order to increase the use of wind energy, development of wind turbine blade with higher power coefficient plays a vital role. The work being presented here is to give new design of blade for VESTAS V82–1.65MW (HAWT). In this work, NACA airfoils are used for the determination of aerodynamic performance characteristics of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Influence of exogenous and endogenous factors on the exergy analysis of 3–column array wind farm

    Influence of exogenous and endogenous factors on the exergy analysis of 3 column array wind farm for two different layouts are highlighted in this paper. Nine turbines were placed in two different layouts to analyse the influence of exogenous factors such as wind velocity, wind direction, wind distribution and distance between turbines. Endogenous factors considered were diameter of rotor, hub ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 2nd Generation Wind Turbines

    2nd generation wind turbines are better, more effective, than its predecessor, and succeed in generating more electricity with smaller wind volumes. These wind turbines incorporate two newer technologies, that make them more efficient. Self starting vertical blades and magnetically suspended bearings, which makes them superior to any other. The self starting vertical blades provide advantages ...


    By Solar Panels 4 U

  • Medium scale wind turbine near colchester case study

    In September 2009 planning permission was granted for a medium scale wind turbine on a farm near Colchester. The wind turbine, which has a maximum blade tip height of 49m, was installed in Spring 2010. Green Dimension undertook the feasibility work, stakeholder consultations and the preparation of the successful planning application on behalf of the farmer. Key stakeholders included ...


    By Green Dimension

  • Comparative study of the performances of twisted two-bladed and three-bladed airfoil shaped H-Darrieus turbines by computational and experimental methods

    The vertical axis H-Darrieus turbines are simple in construction, self-starting, omni-directional, and self-regulating at all wind speeds. A comparative study of the performances of twisted two-bladed and three-bladed airfoil shaped H-Darrieus turbines was made. The models of the turbines were designed, fabricated, and tested in a subsonic wind tunnel. The power coefficients (C ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Hansen transmissions - wind turbine gearbox testing with PULSE

    The Wind Energy Market Wind energy is one of the fastest growing power generation technologies. The level of annual installed capacity has grown at an average rate of 27.6% p.a. for the past five years. High fuel prices and increased focus on global warming and renewable energy resources have contrib- uted to an increased investment in the development of wind technology over the last three ...

  • Wind power status, barriers, and opportunities

    In the wake of the oil crisis in the early 1970s, governments around the world were anxious to diversify energy supply away from fossil sources, and so harnessing the wind was seen as an important component of this policy initiative. A decade of research saw a Danish designemerge as the industry standard: the three-bladed, horizontal axis, upwind machine. A modern wind turbine comprises a tubular ...

  • Community Wind Power for Renewable Income

    CONSIDERING its incredible history and environmental benefits, wind power is one of the most underutilized sources of renewable energy. Stretching back as early as 200 BC, communities have been harvesting the wind for power. However, the scale and popularity of wind power is only now starting to reach critical mass as concerns of climate change rise and energy usage continues to soar. While ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The VGOT Darrieus wind turbine

    We present the actual state of development of a non-conventional new vertical-axis wind turbine. The concepts introduced here involve the constructive aspects of variable-geometry oval-trajectory (VGOT) Darrieus wind turbines. The key feature of a VGOT machine is that each blade slides over rails mounted on a wagon instead of rotating around a central vertical axis. Each wagon contains its own ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Finite element structural study of the VGOT wind turbine

    We analyse the implementation of the finite element method to simulate the structural behaviour of the blade-wagons of variable-geometry oval-trajectory (VGOT) Darrieus wind turbines. The key feature of a VGOT machine is that each blade, instead of rotating around a central vertical axis, slides over rails mounted on a wagon formed by a tubular reticulated structure supported by standard train ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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