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Long live the wind turbine!

Long live the wind turbine!
Achieving an online availability of about 98%, wind turbines give operators approximately one week in the year when planned maintenance can be completed. It is essential to use this time efficiently, concentrating on the most important issues, which can be identified using preventative maintenance techniques. Jason Horton, Regional Operations Director (South) at Sulzer, looks at the benefits of creating a partnership with a specialist maintenance provider in terms of improved lifespan and reliability of wind turbines.
5th January 2018

Lowering the cost of offshore wind turbines

Lowering the cost of offshore wind turbines
Results of a new research project has shown how offshore wind turbine foundations can be designed in a smarter way to reduce production costs, that will ultimately make the alternative power source cheaper. The Ørsted-led PISA research project has now been rewarded with the Fleming award from the British Geotechnical Association.
20th December 2017

3D visual survey solution comes to Gwynt y Môr windfarm

3D visual survey solution comes to Gwynt y Môr windfarm
  In order to support one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, Gwynt y Môr, UK subsea company Rovco has been awarded a three year contract. Gwynt y Môr lies eight miles off the coast of North Wales. Rovco will be providing its underwater ROV 3D visual survey solution, alongside traditional video, blueview sonar and cathodic protection analysis techniques.
12th December 2017


Microsoft data centre to be powered entirely by wind

Microsoft data centre to be powered entirely by wind
A ten year agreement to power Microsoft’s international data centre operations in the Netherlands with wind power has been signed by Vattenfall. The wind power supply deal is the first to date for Vattenfall to a data centre outside the Nordic countries and the largest in this field based entirely on wind power. According to the agreement, Microsoft will receive 100% of the energy output from Vattenfall’s new onshore wind farm that will be constructed at Wieringermeer polder, near Microsoft’s data centre in the Netherlands.
6th November 2017

Wind turbine performance guaranteed

Wind turbine performance guaranteed
At this year’s Wired Energy event in London, Netherlands based company Autarco, a supplier of PV systems, announced that it is to offer its solar energy systems with a kWh (kilowatt hours) guarantee, backed by insurer Lloyd’s of London. The company believes that it is the first to offer this.
16th October 2017

Offshore wind farms: what you need from your resistor

Offshore wind farms: what you need from your resistor
Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, explains how engineers can keep offshore turbines turning safely. Most tourists and holiday fanatics appreciate the value of the ocean air, either to ease flu-like symptoms or as a means of relaxation. However, the salty air is not as kind to offshore wind turbines, with the salt particles accelerating corrosion and hindering performance.
16th October 2017

Flowmeter monitors grease lubrication in wind turbine

Flowmeter monitors grease lubrication in wind turbine
Helping to ensure safe and reliable operation and used in hundreds of wind turbine installations, the Titan Enterprises OG2-700 flowmeter is a monitoring device that provides valuable data. Although China leads the world in the amount of power generated from wind, Denmark has the highest generation rate per capita by a long way. In 2015, this small country was generating over 2MWh per person well ahead of China’s 0.26.
10th October 2017

Energy storage solution for offshore wind farm

Energy storage solution for offshore wind farm
Denmark-based sustainable energy group, DONG Energy, is set to take delivery of a two megawatt (MW) Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) from ABB to support the integration and transmission of power from the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm near Liverpool.
6th September 2017

Subsea sector urged to seek opportunities in offshore wind

Subsea sector urged to seek opportunities in offshore wind
  There is a huge opportunity for subsea companies to step up and play their part in helping to meet the world’s renewable energy targets, with global offshore wind expenditure expected to rise to over £350bn between now and 2026.
29th August 2017

Rock foundation tech delivered to Norwegian wind farm

Rock foundation tech delivered to Norwegian wind farm
Peikko Group is a global supplier of concrete connections and composite structures. Its Norwegian subsidiary Peikko Norge AS has received a substantial order to deliver rock foundation technology to Storheia Wind Farm in Sør-Trøndelag area, Central Norway. Peikko will deliver all steel components for the 80 foundations of the wind farm. The deliveries comprise FATBAR Rock Anchors, tower adapter plates, drilling templates and foundation reinforcement.
21st August 2017


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