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UMass Prof. Funded for Wind Blade Damage R&D (Funding, R&D)
UMass Lowell
Date: 2020-05-06
In the Bay State, University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Murat Inalpolat is reporting receipt of $1.4 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE to develop technology to detect wind blade cracking and splitting damage using sound.

For the project, Inalpolat will mount wireless microphones inside blades, wireless speakers inside the turbine's cavity and another microphone near the turbine to monitor sound and identify damage from changes in audio frequencies, according to a UMass Lowell news release.

"There is no other technology in today's market that can monitor the condition and safety of turbine blades while they are operating. Our proposed system is low-cost, reliable, robust and it can be installed on both new and existing wind turbines," Inalpolat said in the news release. The turbines are being tested at the state Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, according to the release.

Inalpolat's project is also supported by the National Science Foundation, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and UMass Lowell's WindSTAR research center. (Source: UMass Lowel, The Sun, 3 May, 2020) Contact: UMass Lowell, Murat Inalpolat, Assist. Prof. Mechanical Engineering, Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu, www.uml.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  UMass Lowell,  


COVID-19 Causes N.D. Wind Blade Plant Shutdown (Ind. Report)
General Electric,LM Wind Power
Date: 2020-04-20
GE Renewable Energy is reporting the temporary shutdown of its LM Wind Power turbine blade manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota after 110 individuals associated with the facility tested positive for the rampaging COVID-19 virus.

The GE factory, which makes rotor blades for wind turbines, will be closed for at least two weeks, and the governor has issued a stay-at-home order for all 900 workers regardless of their test results. The workers will be paid during the shutdown during which the plant will be disinfected, according to a release. (Source: RE Renewable Energy, 17 April, 2020) Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power,  


LM Wind Power's Little Rock Blade Plant Getting Axed (Ind. Report)
LM Wind Power,GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-04-15
GE Renewable Energy, parent company to LM Wind Power -- fka LM Glasfiber -- has announced LM Wind's blade manufacturing plant is Little Rock, Arkansas will cease production by the end of the month and be closed before the year end due to a decreasing demand for wind blades.

The $150 million plant was opened in October 2008 and acquired by GE Renewables in April 2017. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, TB&P, 14 April, 2020) Contact: LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  


250.5-MW Triple H Wind Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2019-07-19
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reporting conditional approval of a construction permit for the 250.54 MW Triple H Wind project southwest of Highmore in Hyde County. The 92-turbine, 27,247.5-acre project must adhere to 41 conditions dealing with: wind blade shadow flicker; sound levels; post-construction land restoration; potential impacts to whooping cranes; ice throw and others. The PUC also required an escrow account specifically designated for the future decommissioning of the project.

Triple H has inked PPAs with Walmart and a confidential institutional buyer. The $300 million project is expected to be complete in 2020. (Source: South Dakota PUC, WindPower, 18 July, 2019) Contact: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201, www.puc.sd.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Triple H Wind,  Wind,  South Dakota Public Utilities Commission ,  


Wind Blade Maintenance Specialist Opening RI Facility (Ind. Report)
GEV Wind Power
Date: 2019-06-26
In Providence, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation reports the awarding of $1.93 million in state Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credits to Hull, UK-based GEV Wind Power as an incentive to open its U.S. headquarters in North Kingstown, where the company expects to employ 125 individuals in wind blade maintenance services to the global wind power industry.

In qualifying for the incentives, GEV will commit to operating in Rhode Island for 12 years. The tax credits are expected to generate $3.5 million in net revenues for the state over the 12-year period, and, once the new hires are in place, an increase of $13.67 million in the state's annual gdp. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Providence Journal, 24 June, 2019) Contact: GEV Wind Power Daniel Boon, GM U.S. Operations, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.gevwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEV Wind Power ,  Wind,  


GE's LM Wind Power Claims World's Largest Wind Blade (Ind. Report)
LM Wind Power
Date: 2019-04-24
The set to be used for GE's upcoming 12MW offshore wind turbine LM Wind Power, the turbine maker owned by global engineering giant GE, is reporting production of a 107-metre wind turbine blade at its Cherbourg, France, plant.

The blade is the largest ever made for a wind turbine, and will be used in the next generation of massive GE Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbines, according to a release. (Source: GE, LM Wind Power, Business Green, 23 April, 2019) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 Project Director, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Turbie,  Wind Blade,  


Windpower Alliance Investigating Wind Blade Erosion (Ind. Report)
Wind Blade
Date: 2019-03-06
An alliance of ten of the world's largest wund industry player -- DNV GL, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, Orsted, Senvion, Mankeweicz, Akzonobel, Aerox-CEU, Polytech, Hempel and PPG -- are reporting their collaboration to form Comprehensive Methodology for Blade Rain Erosion Analysis on protecting turbine blades from weather damage. The project will investigate the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of raindrops, identify and develop protection systems and recommended practices for designing a protection system against rain erosion which will be published by July 2020.

The initiative aims to identify and define relevant material properties for a protection system; Develop a methodology to handle and derive design loads from rain data; and develop both a model to conduct raindrop impact analysis and a design methodology for leading edge protection systems. (Source: DNV GL, PEI, 5 Mar., 2019)Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  DNV GL ,  Wind Blade,  


MHI Vestas Isle of Wight Blade Plant Ups Production (Int'l)
Vestas
Date: 2018-10-15
MHI Vestas reports it is increasing capacity at its wind turbine blade production facility at the West Medina Mills on the Isle of Wight. The first quarter of 2018 marked the first time in British history that wind power outstripped electricity production from nuclear power stations, according to coverage in the Independent. (Source: MHI Vestas, Independent, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Vestas,  Wind Blade,  


GE Touts New Wind Turbine Inspection Tech (New Prod & Tech)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-10-12
GE Renewable Energy is reporting details of its high-speed wind turbine blade inspection system that uses thermal imaging technology and wide band acoustic spectral analysis to detect wind blade fatigue cracks, defective repairs, faults and other problems.

The new ground-based system works on GE and non-GE turbines and requires about 15 minutes per blade to provide real time data analytics. To date, more than 1,500 turbines had been inspected with the technology. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Anne McEntee, CEO Digital Services, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/digital-solutions, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


Shanghai Electric Wind Power Installs First LM Wind Blades (Int'l)
LM Wind
Date: 2018-09-19
LM Wind Power reports two sets of its wind blades have been installed on Shanghai Electric Wind Power 4.0MW-136 turbines at the first phase of the Shanghai Lingang offshore project in China.

LM Wind Power . provided onsite support and service for the installation as part of a two-year agreement to deliver the blades during 2018 and 2019. (Source: LM Wind, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: LM Wind Power, Duncan Berry, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


Vestas' Russian Wind Blade Plant Construction Nears Completion (Int'l)
Vestas,Rusnano
Date: 2018-09-12
The Russian Association of the Wind Industry is reporting Vestas' new RUB 1 billion ($14.3 million) wid turbine blade which is under construction in Ulyanovsk, southern Russia, is nearing completion and expects to begin manufacturing 300 blades per year early in 2019.

Vestas presently produces nacelles for its 4MW platform at its factory in the neighbouring province of Nizhny Novgorod, and plans to set up a tower facility in Rostov, as part of its efforts to create a manufacturing hub in south-west Russia. Vestas partnered with Rusnano and the Consortium of Investors of Ulyanovsk Oblast to build the blade factory. (Source: Vestas, Russian Association of the Wind Industry, Vestas, WindPower Monthly 11 Sept., 2018)Contact: Russian Association of the Wind Industry, https://rawi.ru/en; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Rusnano, en.rusnano.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rusnano,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  


TPI Expanding Mexican Wind Blade Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
TPI Composites
Date: 2018-07-11
Wind turbine blade manufacturer TPI Composites reports will add two additional production lines at its Matamoros, Mexico plant after long-term customer Vestas exercised an option under the two companies' supply agreement. With the additional lines, the plant will have six production lines.

The plant produces blades for Vestas's V136 turbine model. Production is set to begin at the site in Q3 2018. (Source: TPI Composites, Windpower Monthly, Others, 10 July, 2018) Contact: TPI Composites, Steve Lockard, Pres. & CEO, (480) 305-8910, slockard@tpicomposites.com, www.tpicomposites.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TPI Composites,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine Blade,  


Vestas, Deakin Univ. Cooperating on Carbon Fiber Wind Turbine Blade Performance (Int'l Report)
Deakin University,Vestas
Date: 2018-05-30
In the Land Down Under, Deakin University in Victoria reports it will work with wind energy giant Vestas to improve the compressive strength of carbon fibre composite materials for use in wind turbine blades. Carbon fibre composites are one of the main drivers behind the increased efficiency of turbine blades which account for for more 40 pct of global turbine blade production.

According to Vestas, "With carbon fibre composite innovations, we can increase the performance of turbine blades. Stronger carbon fibre will allow us to reduce the required amount of carbon fibre used in the blade, so the blade will be lighter and cheaper. This makes renewable energy cleaner and more affordable, and supports the development of Australia's growing wind energy sector." (Source: Architecture & Design, May, 2018) Contact: Deakin University, www.deakin.edu.au; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Blade,  Wind,  Vestas,  


Saertex Touts Wind Turbine Glass Fabric (New Prod & Tech)
Saertex
Date: 2018-05-16
Saertex GmbH is reporting development of a light-weight, high strength, unidirectional (UD) glass fibre reinforcement for use in the production of wind turbine rotor blades.

The products tensile strengths is up to 20 pct higher than conventional glass UD fabrics. In addition, the process of laying-up the fabric in the mould without wrinkles is reported to be significantly improved, thereby shortening the lay-up time and reducing costs, according to the company.

(Source: Saertex, NetComposites, May, 2018) Contact: Saertex Gmbh, Saerbeck (Germany) +49 25 74 902 0, (704) 464-5998 – US Office, (704) 464-5922, info.usa@saertex.com, info@saertex.com, www.saertex.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Blade,  


Suzlon Touts India's Longest Wind Blade (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Suzlon
Date: 2018-03-23
In Hyderabad, Indian wind turbine giant Suzlon Group reports it has designed and manufactured India's longest wind turbine blade at its Padubidri rotor blade unit.

The 63 meter (SB 63) rotor blade was developed for Suzlon's new S128 wind turbine family with a rotor diameter of 128 metres. The blade, which was engineered with a carbon girder allowing a thinner aerodynamic profile and higher lift with less drag, offers 33 pct greater sweep area (12,860 m2) for an expected 32 pct more energy generation compared to the company's S111 model, according to a Suzlon release. (Source: Suzlon,PR, MoneyControl, 21 Mar., 2018)Contact: Suzlon Group, J.P. Chalasani, CEO, +91 20 670 22000, info@suzlon.com, www.suzlon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suzlon,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  


Siemens Gamesa Cites Declining Demand for Plant Layoffs (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA reports it is laying off over 200 employees at its wind blade turbine plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. The company cited a steady decline in demand for the blades as the reason for the layoffs. The Fort Madison layoffs represent just one part of the multinational's wind energy giant's overall plan to slash 6,000 jobs worldwide -- approximately 20 pct of its total workforce. (Source: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy , WQAD 8, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy, www.siemensgamesa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Middle Eastern Renewables Could Require $30Bn Plus, says GE (Int'l)
General Electric
Date: 2018-01-29
General Electric (GE) reports it is expanding its renewable energy footprint in the Middle East where it currently has 2GW turbine capacity. The company expects a capital investment of $30 billion to $40 billion to meet its 2035 Middle Eastern renewable energy -- primarily wind and solar energy -- targets.

The company currently has around 2GW of renewables turbine capacity in the Pakistan and Middle Eastern markets, a wind blade manufacturing facility in Turkey, an agreement to develop a conventional 120MW sub-station in Egypt, and is eyeing other opportunities in the ongoing round of renewables and is working with developers bidding for the Saudi renewable energy projets. (Source: GE, The National UAE, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy , +32 2 235 6855, www.ge.com/europe

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Renewable Energy,  


GE Renewable Energy Inks $10.4Bn in Orders In 2017 (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-29
In its just released Q4 and full 2017 results, industrial behemoth General Electric (GE) notes its subsidiary renewable energy division GE Renewable Energy generated a total of $10.4 billion worth of orders and $10.3 billion of sales.

The company claimed 30 pct growth in its international onshore wind orders in 2017. GE Renewable Energy also secured the orders for the largest wind farm in the US, the 2 GW (gigawatt) Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma, and the largest wind farm in Australia, the 453 MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm in North Queensland. In 2017, GE Renewable Energy also completed the $1.65 billion acquisition of wind blade manufacturer LM Wind Power. GE Renewable Energy is also now the first offshore wind supplier with projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Additionally, GE's hydro division saw full-year growth of 10 pct in orders and 40 pct in services, and booked over $100 million in hydro orders. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 25 Jan., 2018)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Hydro,  


LM Wind Power Develops 71.8 m Offshore Blade for Envision (Int'l)
LM Wind Power
Date: 2017-11-03
Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power reports it will develop a 71.8 m wind turbine blade for Chinese company Envision's new 4.5 MW platform that is is expected to be installed in the first half of 2018. The new blade is for Envision's new large rotor turbine designed to serve the Wind Class II and III areas offshore north China. The deal is followed by a supply agreement from LM Wind Power's Jiangyin factory in Jiangsu, China that will require the company to expand the manufacturing facility by 50 pct.

LM Wind Power has been active in China since 2001 and operates four blade manufacturing facilities in Tianjin, Qinhuangdao and Jiangyin and Baodi. (Source: LM Wind Power, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: LM Windpower, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; Envision Energy, www.envision-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Blade,  


EDP Renewables, TRC Tout Wind Blade Recycling Plan (Int'l)
EDP Renewables
Date: 2017-09-06
EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Thermal Recycling of Composites (TRC), a Spanish Council for Scientific Research spin-out, are reporting plans for a new wind turbine blade recycling pilot programme. The initiative will recycle faulty or damaged turbine blades, including parts from EDPR's windfarms.

Additionally, the collaboration has launched R3FIBER, a new recycling technology for fibre-infused plastics. The process converts resins of combustible gases and liquid fuels into reusable glass or carbon fibres. (Source: EDP Renewables, power-technology.com, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350, info@edpr.com, www.edprnorthamerica.com; Spanish Council for Scientific Research, www.reconproject.eu; Thermal Recycling of Composites, www.trcsl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


Siemens Shuttering Ontario Wind Blade Plant (Ind. Report)
Siemens Wind Power
Date: 2017-07-19
Canadian-based Siemens Wind Power Ltd. reports that due to falling prices, changing demands and increasing completion, it is shuttering its wind turbine blade plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

The plant was commissioned 6 years ago as part of a province-wide effort to boost the province's reputation as a "renewable-energy hub." (Source: Siemens Wind Power, CBC, Others, 18 July, 2017) Contact: Siemens Wind Power, David Hickey, CEO, www.siemens.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Wind Power,  Wind Blade,  


LM Windpower Opens Blade Factory in Turkey (Int'l Report)
LM Wind Power
Date: 2017-07-14
Kolding, Denmark-headquartered wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power reports the launch of a new $50 million plant in Bergama, Turkey.

The plant, which is expected to have a 500 KW manufacturing capacity expandable to 1.5 GW, is the company's first new blade manufacturing site since it was acquired by GE Renewable Energy earlier this year. (Source: LM Wind Power, PR, PEI, 11 July, 2017)Contact: LM Wind Power, Alexis Crama, V.P. Offshore, Marc de Jong, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00, info@lmwindpower.com, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Blade,  

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