Jul 30, 2014

Archives

CONSTRUCTION

By: James D. Hussin

A proven technique for stopping or reducing settlement, chemical grouting is an effective, cost-efficient alternative to complete reconstruction of the foundation system.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

Protecting turbine cables is vital, and at each maintenance interval sufficient time must be given to their care in order to avoid unnecessary—and expensive—downtime.
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Sven Schmitz, Ph.D.

Penn State offers an emerging educational and research program in wind energy, and it is aiming to become a major contributor to research excellence in the U.S. wind industry.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Graham Brisben

U.S. wind market undulations cause ripple effects in transportation, so understanding recent history can help guide logistics planning and procurement going forward.
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: James D. Hussin

A proven technique for stopping or reducing settlement, cement grouting is an effective, cost-efficient alternative to complete reconstruction of the foundation.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

Proper lubrication and contaminant control are critical in order to attain long gearbox service life, both during and after the warranty period.
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Sven Schmitz, Ph.D.

Turbine icing is an increasing challenge to the economics of wind energy in cold climates. Read on to learn how it happens, what it causes, and how it can be addressed.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

Why should a developer assess strategic logistics considerations before final OEM selection? Because you need to know what you’re paying for!
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Sammy Germany, Ph.D., M.B.A.

There are many challenges to be overcome during wind farm electrical “balance of plant” work, which includes full wind park electrical integration. Here, the experts share...
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

Wind project owners, site managers, and technicians alike need to understand the value of troubleshooting skills, passing them along to new entrants in this growing workforce.
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Sven Schmitz, Ph.D.

When President Obama visited Penn State to introduce a new energy conservation initiative, he signaled the administration’s support for the future of renewable energy in this...
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

How do you minimize the risks and costs associated with market uncertainty? Change past behavior and innovate!
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Trent Schon

Ensuring worker safety is a critical aspect of a construction project’s success. This first in a two-part series outlines the importance of emergency preparedness.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

It could be argued that cleaning the turbine properly is just as important as more-technical O&M procedures. Here are the points you should keep in mind.
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Sven Schmitz, Ph.D.

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced funding opportunities for a “National Offshore Wind Strategy.” Here’s what you should know about getting onboard.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

Component manufacturers will benefit by understanding how to use rail as an alternative, economical, and viable transport mode.
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Trent Schon

While preventing the need for an emergency response is the primary goal, you must be prepared for any contingency, as this conclusion to a two-part series explains.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

The rise in mobile and wireless technology capability is the catalyst that the wind industry needs in order to keep pace with owner demands for real-time turbine status.
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Sven Schmitz, Ph.D.

In this installment the author discusses the past, present, and future of research into modeling the wake behind wind turbines.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

Overland transport is a crucial link in the supply chain, so it’s important to understand how new trucking regulations will affect the wind market.
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Ron Krizan, P.E.

Integrating construction engineering into wind facility siting leads to increased efficiencies and maximum cost savings once the work has actually begun.
 

MAINTENENCE

By: Merritt Brown

Those struggling with achieving consistent quality outcomes will find that there is a profound distinction between education and training. Read on to learn the difference.
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Sven Schmitz, Ph.D.

An interdisciplinary workforce of engineers is essential for advancements in wind turbine technology, which is being addressed by universities such as Penn State.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

As more companies use inventory pre-positioning techniques to reduce component delivery cost and limit risk, it is critical to balance site section criteria against the needs of...
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Ron Krizan, P.E.

Once your project has been cleared to proceed, which construction strategy will you choose? This installment provides a comparison of two methods, including pros and cons.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

To be proficient in managing your maintenance plan, it should be both a common practice and a team effort to focus on the sightline from maintenance reliability to business...
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

The challenges involved in building-integrated wind energy include wind flow, structure siting, unit certification, and even aesthetic concerns. Read on to learn more.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

Demurrage and detention fees are penalty charges that owners apply when transportation equipment sits idle. Here’s how they can be mitigated, or avoided altogether.
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Ron Krizan, P.E.

Clarifying scope definition prior to beginning a project can save time and alleviate tensions between wind farm owners and contractors.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

Annual analyses of frequent turbine faults that cause downtime can shed light on what seemingly nuisance-type issues are really eating your lunch!
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

The more engaged today’s youth are in the stewardship of our natural resources, the brighter their future will be. Programs like Wind for Schools will help.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

By viewing the entire supply chain holistically and developing logistics strategies that benefit the entire system, companies can improve performance and reduce cost.
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Ron Krizan, P.E.

Lack of proper planning or poor scope definition during crane walks predictably results in schedule issues and unexpected costs. Here’s how to prepare your path.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

Where an OEM scheduled maintenance plan takes only component life into account, a predictive program will include an assessment of the failure mode for each event.
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

Turbine technology is rapidly evolving to meet the stringent demands of grid stability, reliability, and economic extraction of wind energy from lower average wind speed sites.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Anne Puhalovich

Barge is a third viable form of transport for wind components, especially in strategically located wind farms near water access or for the import or export of components.
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Ron Krizan, P.E.

Anyone approaching a wind turbine under conditions where icing may form needs to know how to identify and protect themselves from shedding ice.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

Cold weather can impact the reliability of a wind project, as well as the productivity of its service team. This first in a two-part series examines how preseason preparations...
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

A new concept for designing blades is through adaptive blade technology, which may allow more energy to be captured and lower blade loads to be experienced.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

Seasoned travelers understand that rules change once borders are crossed. Successful logistics planning benefits from that realization, as well.
 

Q&A: Jose Zayas

By: Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

Wind and Water Power Program Manager/U.S. Department of Energy
 

CONSTRUCTION

By: Ron Krizan, P.E.

Understanding the importance of field tiles and identifying ways to mitigate issues will help to improve landowner relations and lower overall construction costs.
 

MAINTENANCE

By: Merritt Brown

In this conclusion of a two-part series, the author continues his discussion of preseason winter preparations, providing insights on how to safeguard personnel during the long...
 

TECHNOLOGY

By: Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D.

In order to properly navigate the relative interpretation of time-averaged extreme wind conditions in various standards and data sources, conversion factors are needed.
 

LOGISTICS

By: Michael Graska

Logistics planning requires factoring in the interaction between weather and the terrain to be transversed — taking a 3D rather than a 2D approach.
 
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