Wind Turbines Articles

  • 500kW Wind Turbine for AG Barr - Case Study

    From their production facility in Cumbernauld, AG Barr Plc produces some of Scotland’s favourite drinks. This includes Irn Bru, Strathmore Water and Rockstar. Wishing to upgrade the site and expand, AG Barr faced either a substantial upgrade fee from Scottish Power in excess of £1,000,000 or to think outside the box and find other ways of delivering additional power. ...


    By Absolute Solar and Wind Ltd

  • Solar farm for Mackies Ice Cream - Case Study

    The Mackie family have been farming at Westertown farm since 1912 and Mackie’s of Scotland is now a well-known Scottish food brand. Mackie’s were formerly a milk retail company and in 1986 began making ice cream. They have an ambition to be the greenest company in the UK. In 2014/2015, Absolute successfully won a tender against SSE to install Scotland’s first solar farm. It was ...


    By Absolute Solar and Wind Ltd

  • Diagnosing wear faults - High-throughput screening of wind-turbine gearbox samples using the LaserNet 230 and automatic sample processor (ASP).

    The major issue for premature failure in wind-turbine gearboxes is bearing failure, which leads to gearbox failure. A wind-turbine gearbox will not survive if the oil is not clean and especially if the hard ferrous particles are not removed from around the bearings. The LaserNet 230 particle counter and ferrous debris monitor has been shown to be an excellent analytical tool for end users to ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • SIMULWIND - Case Study

    Objective: SIMULWIND came into being as a result of the training needs of new professionals in the wind energy sector to face the challenges posed by the digitalisation of wind farms in industry 4.0. The scope of the project consists of the development of a computer simulator designed for training in maintenance and risk prevention in wind farms, with the aim of reproducing the ...

  • TOWERPOWER - Case Study

    Objective: TOWERPOWER was focused on the development of a real-time remote monitoring system to diagnose the aging of the metal structure of offshore turbines. The ultimate goal was to reduce maintenance costs in offshore wind energy. ...

  • The future of Solar Power

    When you think of renewable energies, what do you think of? Hydro power? Wind energy? In fact, they have proven to be the most popular in recent years. Hydro power in its current form is the cheapest of the renewable energies. Wind power is the fastest growing. However, there is a renewable energy that is far more versatile ...

  • 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.

  • Tidal power - A different perspective

    Kepler Energy is taking a different approach to tidal power, applying a design that can be used in benign sea conditions in a location closer to end-demand and which could generate utility-scale quantities of power, as Peter Dixon explains.The physical environment of tidal turbines is clearly very different to that of wind turbines, not least because water is a lot denser than air! However, ...


    By Kepler Energy

  • Bolton Broiler Growers Extend Solar PV Installation to 200kw

    Background The Robinson family from Blackrod, Bolton, are broiler growers – a business which uses a large amount of electricity. Like many businesses, their energy costs were steadily increasing which prompted the decision to look into ways of reducing their energy bills. After looking at several options, they opted for alternative, renewable energy as the way forward . After ...


    By Noble Green Energy

  • Spin Doctors: How GE’s Service-Savvy Approach Squeezes the best from a fleet of 900 Wind Turbines

    Over 150 years ago, a budding English economist named William Stanley Jevons warned that a policy of energy efficiency might not be sufficient to conserve Britain’s dwindling coal reserves. His argument, now known as the Jevons paradox, was simple: Squeeze more energy from less coal, and people will just want more coal. ...


    By GE Renewable Energy

  • Inox optimistic despite loss in Q3

    INDIA: Turbine manufacture Inox Wind made a loss of INR 461.2 million ($7.2 million) for the third quarter of its financial year amid a downturn in the country's market and the change from a tariff system to an auction mechanism. ...


    By Windpower Monthly Forums

  • 7th Largest wind farm replaces mechanical for Ventus ultrasonic sensors - Case Study

    296 turbines of the AES Corporation are located by Buffalo Gap, Texas, US. With a capacity of 524 MW it's the world's seventh largest wind farm to-date. The article link below provides a summary of how Performance Engineer at AES, Tristan Lee, was able to optimize the performance of its aging fleet using latest in technology, that includes the Lufft Ventus Ultrasonic Wind Speed and Wind ...

  • Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy

    Original story at MIT News Ancient technology could be used to level electricity prices for renewables. Firebricks, designed to withstand high heat, have been part of our technological arsenal for at least three millennia, since the era of the Hittites. ...

  • Mechanical vs. Ultrasonic Anemometers for Wind Turbine Control

    What do you think? Does the replacement of mechanical wind sensors trough ultrasonic anemometers in wind turbine control pay off after less than a few years? Free Cost Benefit Analysis about Replacement of Mechanical Wind Sensors Anemometers are vital components of utility-scale wind turbines and determine the performance of the turbine’s ...

  • Offshore Wind Versus Solar in the Eastern US: An Unexpected Rivalry

    Less than a decade ago, offshore wind energy and solar PV were similarly priced energy sources. Unsubsidized installed costs for both exceeded $5 per watt, or more than double that for land-based wind. Despite their cost, both technologies were seen as the best hopes for supplying urban centers with green power, especially in the BOSNYWASH (Boston-New York-Washington, DC) corridor of the eastern ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • South Fork Wind Farm (SFWF) - Case Study

    The South Fork Wind Farm is a planned offshore wind farm located 30 miles east of Montauk that will consist of approximately 15 wind turbines and a subsea transmission system that will deliver energy to East Hampton, NY. Marine survey activities are scheduled to begin in Summer 2017. Marine construction is planned to start 2021. Overview The South Fork Wind Farm is a planned ...


    By Deepwater Wind LLC

  • Case study - South Holderness Technology College

    South Holderness Technology College in Preston were already an Eco School Silver Award holder when they contacted Logic Energy having installed a multitude of renewable energy sources around the school. Their 6kW wind turbine and twenty-four 170watt photovoltaic panels combine to supply the College with energy whilst their 30 tube evacuated tube solar collection panels generate hot water that is ...


    By Logic Energy Ltd.

  • What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy

    I flew into Unalakleet, Alaska, on a late fall day. With about 700 people, Unalakleet is large by rural Alaska standards and serves as a regional hub. The village is located on a sandy spit of land where a clear river meets the turbid water of the Bering Sea. Out the plane window the sun shone bright, glittering off the wind-tossed whitecaps of the sea. To the east, the rolling Nulato Hills, clad ...


    By Ensia

  • What can blockchain do for the environment?

    “A lot of crypto-currency proponents say that blockchains are going to save the planet. Well, I just can’t see it.” This is not the resounding endorsement you might expect from widely acknowledged blockchain expert Michael Mainelli for the technology most famously associated with the internet-based currency known as Bitcoin. ...


    By Ensia

  • How renewable energy advocates are hurting the climate cause

    Overly optimistic reports of renewables’ success are not only misleading but also counterproductive In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the proliferation of misinformation on social media is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or so I thought. ...


    By Ensia

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