September 2010 Blog Posts (53)

5 control trends engineers can't ignore

Engineers should be taking advantage of at least five trends forming in the control industry, says S. Arves Stolpe, a product manager with National Instruments, Austin, Texas (ni.com). Stolpe says that drivers for the trends come from ideas such as the notion that complexity translates to value. “The easy control problems have been solved,…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 30, 2010 at 12:05pm — No Comments

One-day symposium at Wisconsin Wind Works

The Wisconsin Wind Works, a one-day symposium on October 13, will feature panel speakers from the first tier wind production and aftermarket operations and maintenance sectors. Panel hosts and moderators include representatives from AWEA, Office of Energy Independence, Milwaukee 7, and Great Lakes Wind Network.

Symposium…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 30, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Forsta Filters Case Study For Irrigation Application

Irrigation Solutions by Forsta Filters…





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Added by Forsta Filters Inc. on September 29, 2010 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Looking for a few good MW

Oregon wants to add wind energy to its Pacific Northwest. An initiative aims to integrate wind and natural gas-fired energy to reduce the use of coal-fired generation. The effort could…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 29, 2010 at 11:51am — No Comments

Thin is in — for solar cells

Engineers are trying to make solar power an affordable energy source. Those at Stanford have conducted research finding that light ricocheting around inside the polymer film of a solar cell…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 29, 2010 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Construction of 45-MW in Canada

Construction of a 45-MW Canadian wind farm is set to complete in early 2011. The Lameque Wind Power Project, in the Acadian…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 29, 2010 at 9:46am — No Comments

Alarm for power plant asset management

An array of different protocols, custom software, and legacy devices were necessary in the past to exchange information in large production facilities such as wind farms. What’s more, many information users in a variety of locations made for inefficient systems. To fix the problem, a manufacturer of power and automation products has produced a micro… Continue

Added by Kathie Zipp on September 28, 2010 at 1:27pm — No Comments

World's largest offshore wind farm

The world’s largest offshore wind farm has officially opened. The 300-MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, off England’s south east coast, is complete after two years of construction. The wind farm has 100 turbines, reaching up to 115-m, and is owned by Vattenfall, a European energy… Continue

Added by Kathie Zipp on September 28, 2010 at 12:51pm — No Comments

U.S. falls behind as China wind power flourishes

Earlier in September, accounting firm Earnst & Young said China has succeeded the U.S. as the most attractive location in which to invest in renewable energy projects. Their latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices study ranked countries on such things as regulatory risk, access to finance, grid connection, and tax climate. After holding first place since 2006, the U.S.… Continue

Added by Kathie Zipp on September 28, 2010 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Turbines save $3M in diesel for Alaska’s Kodiak Island

Wind turbines are helping the city of Kodiak — on Kodiak Island off the southern coast of Alaska — reduce its use of diesel fuel, lower its energy costs, and create cleaner energy. The Kodiak Electric Association (KEA), the island’s electric utility, installed three General Electric 1.5-MW…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 28, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

A metal coating for wind turbine blades

Blade pitting can create unstable harmonics and decreased efficiency in wind turbines, while increasing maintenance and repair costs. In steam turbines, pitting or corrosion can cause the metal to crack. Coating the blade can prevent this. A manufacturer of…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 28, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

60-m met package meets needs

A 60-m meteorological mast and customizable met-tower package can help with wind measurements. Manufacturer of wind measuring equipment Second Wind offers ProMast 60 for developers prospecting new wind farm sites.…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 27, 2010 at 10:16am — No Comments

Fluke’s “Vibration Testing and Mechanical Maintenance” Video Seminar Now Available Online

Fluke Corporation has made available a video primer on vibration testing and mechanical maintenance, which can be viewed at…

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Added by Steve Glad on September 25, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

EOS showcases its capabilities at K-Fair

from Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor, Design World and Contributor, Make Parts Fast



At the International K Trade Fair for the plastics and rubber industry, EOS will showcase its e-Manufacturing solutions at a joint booth with LBC and Materialise (Hall 2, Booth 2E23). EOS will demonstrate two laser-sintering systems at the booth—the EOSINT M 270 for metals… Continue

Added by Susan Rawlings on September 24, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

New cutter for turbine blades

A Swedish manufacturer of metalworking products says its copy-milling cutter is suitable for turbine blade production. Seco Tools’ Power 4 features an anti-rotation system and a body design with a fully-hardened nickel coating.…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 21, 2010 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Terminal blocks for distributed controls

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 21, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

It’s solar harvest season

A high-efficiency, ultra-low power step-down converter is available for energy harvesting and low-power applications. According to its manufacturer, Texas Instruments Incorporated, the TPS62120…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 21, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments

Test and repair for turbine electronics

As wind turbines come out of warranty, the need for repair or replacement of defective turbine components increases. DEX, a supply chain for high-tech…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 21, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Forsta Filters Appoints Director of Sales Polly Stenberg as Field Ambassador of the Water Stewardship Discount

Original equipment manufacturer Forsta Filters announced Friday that its

new director of sales will work to encourage companies to take

advantage of its Water Stewardship Discount (WSD). The discount, given

on Forsta’s full line of self-cleaning water filters, is offered to

companies and municipalities making improvements to their water use

efficiency. Forsta’s offer has made headlines as… Continue

Added by Forsta Filters Inc. on September 21, 2010 at 9:06am — No Comments

Forsta Filters Announces Water Stewardship Discount

With a commitment to furthering the sustainable use of water, Forsta

Filters offers a discount on projects involving improvements to

industrial, infrastructure and agricultural/irrigation design.



Sustainable development has emerged in consumer awareness… Continue

Added by Forsta Filters Inc. on September 21, 2010 at 8:59am — No Comments

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