Mitsubishi joins Siemens, General Electric and Gamesa in their plans to opening new UK wind turbine factories following the announcement of £60m funding.
Automating oil particle analysis
Run up to 25 samples at one time 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 bearingsThe LaserNet 230 particle counter and ferrous debris monitor has been shown to be an excellent analytical tool forend users to be able to diagnose wear faults in various machine applications such as gear boxes, engines...
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 aerodynamic performance of the blade to the wind speed and the size of the blades. To calculate the amount of energy...
What’s the Future of R&D in the Wind Industry?
When the wind industry finally reacted to the world’s financial crisis—it didn’t fully hit us until 2010—at once, we lost both an incredibly vibrant global wind market and sufficiently robust profit margins. The market recovery is rebounding nicely now, thanks largely to government incentives, but profit margins will probably never fully recover—at least, not to the levels they were at leading into 2008. This will have an enormous and continuing impact on R&D. The year 2008 is...
Measuring Offshore Wind Resources
To select the right offshore wind site, estimate the future energy output of a wind farm, and determine the best layout for the turbines, project developers must conduct wind resource assessment (WRA) campaigns on site. This is a critical phase of the successful development of wind farms. WRA campaigns on terrestrial sites have traditionally been performed using meteorological towers equipped with wind and weather sensors, which record data for at least one year to help characterize long-term wind conditions. In...
Wind turbine controlling of the future
Higher, more robust, more reliable: Parallel to the growing requirements for wind turbines, the requirements for monitoring sensors grow as well. But how can wind sensor manufacturers fulfil these wishes? And how should a future wind sensors look like? After analysing the current conditions and trends on the wind energy market, our CEO Klaus Hirzel compiled a wish list for future wind sensors. Framework conditions More than 200,000 wind turbines were installed in the last few years associated with the worldwide...