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  • GE Successfully Proves Technology to Extend Wind Turbine Blades

    Innovative Technology Increases Rotor Diameter by 40 Percent; Demonstrated Power Output Increases by More than 20 Percent Unique Aerodynamic Insert Extends a 37-Meter Blade to 44 Meters Continued Expansion of GE’s Technology Advancements to Improve Existing Fleet Production ...


    By General Electric

  • The world’s longest wind turbine blade has been built

    Adwen and LM Wind Power have joined forces in order to create the longest wind turbine blade in the world. The blade is 88.4m long and was specifically designed for Adwen’s AD 8-180 8MW wind turbine which will have a 180m rotor diameter. The point of increasing blade length, is the ability to capture more wind, which increases overall output. The added length of this blade will allow the ...


    By Orenda Energy Solutions Ltd.

  • GL Garrad Hassan releases new version of Bladed

    GL Garrad Hassan has released Version 4.4 of Bladed, the industry standard integrated software package for the design and certification of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The release of Version 4.4 represents a significant milestone for Bladed, with many new features, including a new pitch actuator model with additional functionality, a new external controller interface, improved moorings ...


  • Global Wind Energy Fortunes (and Turbines) Growing Fast, at Least in Short Term

    From Brazil to South Africa, from northern Europe to the American heartland, wind is on the rise. Already among the world's fastest growing energy sources, wind technology is on the cusp of advances that could multiply a turbine's ability to transform currents of air into electricity, and at a time when global leaders are seeking ways to power the planet without greenhouse gases. So wind energy ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • GL Garrad Hassan to validate Tidal Bladed with new data

    After a successful initial study to validate their tidal turbine design software Tidal Bladed, GL Garrad Hassan are preparing for the next phase of full scale validation, under the Reliable Data Acquisition Project for Tidal (ReDAPT) project. Tidal Bladed is a commercial software package which can be used to calculate the performance of, and loading on, tidal stream energy converters in the tidal ...


  • GL Garrad Hassan at EWEA Offshore 2011: New Bladed link to offshore code checking tools

    In the years to come an increasing number of offshore wind turbine (OWT) installations are expected in deeper waters. This will require the use of more complex braced support structures such as jackets instead of the more widely used monopole foundations. For modelling OWT-specific aspects such as rotor aerodynamics and control system actions, designers are required to use a dedicated ...


  • Secretary Chu, governor Patrick announce US$25m for Massachusetts wind technology testing center

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Governor Deval Patrick today announced the Department of Energy's intent to award Massachusetts $25 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate development of the state's Wind Technology Testing Center and create hundreds of new jobs in the area. The new center will test commercial-sized wind turbine blades to help reduce ...

  • Wind and air’s hope for new energy

    Two sets of scientists in the US have devised new ways to snatch more power from thin air. One group of Californian chemists reports that it has found a way to filter carbon dioxide directly from the air and turn it into clean-burning methanol. While scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have announced a design for an offshore wind turbine rotor blade 200 ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Sauer Energy, Inc.(TM) Reports on Recent Wind Tunnel Test at University of Washington, Seattle

    Sauer Energy, Inc.™ ("SEI™") (OTCBB: SENY), a developer of home and enterprise scale vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) systems, is pleased to announce that it has once again taken its WindCharger™ to the University of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory ("UWAL") in Seattle, Washington, for wind tunnel testing. Test results have confirmed improved performance of the WindCharger™. During this ...


  • Wind can help solve energy crisis

    Since it became a viable energy resource around 20 years ago, wind power has emerged as a leading renewable technology. At the end of 2006 the worldwide capacity of all wind turbines was close to 75 gigawatts, which represents around one percent of all electricity use in the world. Three quarters of that wind power usage is currently based in Europe. The Danes lead the way with nearly 20 percent ...


  • Operating at extremes: new GL Technical note on turbine operation in cold climates

    As wind energy is being called to provide a greater share of the world's energy burden, more turbines are operating in areas where temperature tests the machinery to its limits. Wind turbines are usually designed to operate in a temperature range from -10°C to +40°C, but at some current installations temperatures can drop to -30°C or -40°C. To ensure that operators rely on turbine ...


  • Sauer Energy Test Results Solidify Production Plans

    Sauer Energy, Inc. ("SEI") (OTCBB: SENY), a developer of home and enterprise scale vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) systems, announces the successful wind tunnel test results from the University of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory (UWAL), Seattle, Washington. Various models and configurations were included and evaluated. Successful data was extracted and the WindCharger model was validated ...


  • University of Windsor establishes Wind and Renewable Energies Research Centre

    The University of Windsor today signed an agreement with Brüel & Kjær - the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration measurement apparatus - to establish North America’s first Wind and Renewable Energies Centre of Expertise (WRECE) in the Centre for Engineering Innovation. The agreement, signed jointly by University of Windsor ...

  • Up to 20% of US wind installations since 2000 could be repowered using tax credits

    About 15-20% of the wind energy projects installed in the United States since 2000 could be repowered to capture federal tax after the extension of the production tax credit (PTC), said Kevin Smith, director, Asset Management & Operating Services at the Renewables Advisory within DNV GL – Energy. The extension of the PTC until the end of 2019, announced in December 2015, opens a ...

  • Protecting engineering materials from water impact

    Erosion caused by the impact of water droplets on component surfaces can lead to failures in key technological applications. For example, in steam generating plants, the leading edge of turbine blades suffer major erosion damage from the steam driving the turbines, requiring costly maintenance and repair with consequent loss of generating capacity. Similarly, erosion caused by the impact of rain ...

  • Renewable energy: delivering green jobs, growth and clean energy

    Energy Secretary Edward Davey today reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the renewable energy sector, as further investment in offshore wind innovation projects was announced. Speaking at the Renewable UK conference in Birmingham, Edward Davey said: “The renewable energy sector supports 35,000 green jobs and the sector is crucial to green growth and energy security. ...

  • Meet Brüel & Kjær at EWEA 2012 Show

    Visitors to the European Wind Energy Association’s (EWEA) show, running 16th to 19th April in Copenhagen, Denmark will have the chance to meet Brüel & Kjær’s technical experts. Wind turbine noise is an increasingly important and global environmental issue. International standards are constantly being developed to ensure consistency and accuracy in the measurement and ...

  • Glad tidings for sea power potential

    Two countries with the highest tides in the world, Canada and the UK, both claim to be the world leaders in creating electricity from the tides. They are among a group of coastal states − including China, South Korea, the US and Australia − that are hoping to harness the enormous power of their local twice-daily tides to tap a new and reliable supply of electricity. Unlike wind ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Point and Click with PULSE 13 from Bruel & Kjaer

    Continuing Bruel & Kjaer’s trend for utilising customer input to structure products and software design, PULSE 13’s application packages have been created using feedback from engineers who deal with high productivity demands on a daily basis. As a result, PULSE 13 has a simpler version of user-friendly start-up tool: StartSmart. Designed to make set up and configuration much easier for the ...

  • GL Garrad Hassan at EWEA 2013

    Meet GL Garrad Hassan’s experts at presentations and poster sessions. GL Garrad Hassan will be at the EWEA 2013 conference in Vienna this week, with experts giving presentations, chairing sessions, while also being on hand to meet attendees at their exhibition stands. The topics GL Garrad Hassan experts are presenting include forecasting, yaw control and condition monitoring. GL Garrad ...


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