Operations & Maintenance

  • Eradicating blade downtime a storm at a time

    Experts say that it might be possible to temporarily slow or stop a turbine blade during times when frequent lightning is detected. We look at research and meteorological feedback from academia and industry to assess the latest in lightning-based blade...

  • Matthew Wadham-Gagnon, project lead at Canada’s TechnoCentre éolien on combating turbine ice throws

    Canada is on track to reach 12,000 MW in installed wind power by the end of 2016. But Canada's winter conditions bring certain risks. Matthew Wadham-Gagnon discusses why continued R&D around ice throw will mostly lead to optimising turbine...

  • Boost for four US wind power R&D projects

    The Energy Department in the United States has allotted $4.5m to four wind power R&D projects located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas.

  • New report focuses on effective use of jack-up vessels

    The Crown Estate has released a report, stressing on the apt use of jack-up vessels to reduce costs associated with the maintenance of offshore wind turbines.

  • Gwynt y Môr achieves major milestone

    RWE Innogy UK has shared that more than half of the 160 turbines at its Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm have been commissioned and are generating electricity.

  • EDP Renewables sells minority stake in US portfolio

    EDP Renewables (EDPR) has executed a new asset rotation transaction in the United States.

  • FERC grants approval to Plains and Eastern Clean Line

    Plains and Eastern Clean Line has gained an important regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates and to negotiate bilateral agreements for 100% of the line’s...

  • Will heat be the winner in de-icing turbine blades?

    When it comes to keeping wind turbines operating smoothly in icy conditions, there are several approaches being considered and tried, from the highly technical to the old school ‘shiver’ technique.

  • Iberdrola to focus on supercomputing

    Iberdrola plans to use supercomputing in designing all of its wind power facilities at locations featuring complex terrain.

  • Jan Kjærsgaard to join Bladt as CEO

    Steel contractor Bladt Industries has announced that Jan Kjærsgaard is to join the company as CEO. He will assume the role as CEO no later than November 1, 2014. He currently holds the position as CEO of Siemens Wind Power.

  • Advancements for counteracting adverse weather and risky operating conditions

    An offshore construction site can come across many hurdles, extreme weather conditions being one of them. We look at how specialists and suppliers are dealing with tricky situations offshore to avoid downtime and boost preparedness of personnel.

  • Gamesa’s installed capacity hits 30 GW

    Spanish company Gamesa has shared that its installed capacity has touched the 30 GW-mark. This milestone was achieved with the assembly of one of the eight G128-4.5 MW turbines being installed at the Tornio wind farm in Finland.

  • MIC invests in Idaho Wind Partners 1

    Macquarie Infrastructure Company (MIC) has invested $11.5m in a non-controlling interest in Idaho Wind Partners 1, a portfolio of 183 MW of wind power generating facilities, near Twin Falls, Idaho.

  • Funding for companies in the US

    The U. S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory last week announced funding for projects led by Pika Energy, Northern Power Systems, Endurance Wind Power, and Urban Green Energy that will help drive down the cost of small and...

  • Ecosse Subsea Systems bags seabed clearance contract

    Subsea engineering specialist Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has initiated offshore operations on the Westermost Rough development, located eight kilometres off the Yorkshire coast, east of Hull.

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