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What to Expect from Hydraulic Seals

Posted on December 17, 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

To attain their highest possible capacity factor, wind turbines must be sited where they will be exposed to as much consistent wind as possible. An assessment must often show a site to annually have about 2,500 hours of wind at about 25 mph to make it viable for a utility company. Consequently, all parts of a wind turbine are subjected to extremes of weather, ozone, unusual stresses, and vibration. Things get worse offshore where they must also withstand the rigors of the sea including exposure… Continue

Cap and Trade-What does it mean to YOU?

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Controversy has arisen around the House of Representatives’ approval of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009, also referred to as the Waxman-Markey bill. As you’d expect, many coal-powered utilities are taking a public stand against the bill which limits allowable carbon emissions, while firms with investments in carbon-neutral power production are big supporters. After much research and considering the effects of the ACES bill on the American economy and the environment,… Continue

First Assess the Site, Then build the Wind Plant

Posted on December 11, 2009 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Wind developers come in all sizes. For those who would like to offset their electric bills with a small turbine or two, local ordinances provide sufficient guidance and permission. But those who would like to install units capable of generating a few megawatts and more will have to do a little homework. The homework in this case is a site assessment. It gets a bit involved and take some time but the payoff is worth the effort.

“We have this land…”

Many community members… Continue

Chronic Bearing Problems in a Turbine? Here's how to fix it

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Although many wind farms in the U.S. are generating electricity and well beyond a testing stage, their debugging continues. Many of these turbines suffer design-related failures within their first few years of operation.

Damaged bearings, for instance, can cause generator failures, which lead to unplanned downtime and costly repairs. If down for a month, a failed 1.5-MW generator can account for over $48,000 of lost revenue, and a single month’s wait for parts is unrealistically… Continue

Self Healing Capacitors for Wind Turbines

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Demand for wind turbines has spiked in the recent months/years due to two main drivers. The first is the ever rising cost of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. The other, the growing concern for climate change, although that might turn out to be bunk ;). As the demand for these systems increase, supply subsequently rises and efficiencies of a new product increase. One way electrical engineers… Continue

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At 7:09am on February 20, 2018, kayi mivedor said…

Good day,

I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and demand it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on (kayimivedor@gmail.com) for the full details.

Have a nice day.

At 8:17am on October 14, 2009, Rudy Kalkert said…
Hi Taylor,
thanks for the quick response of my unclear question ;-)
I want to understand what are the biggest problems for operating a wind farm. If there are problems such as, for example, that they are not sure where the windmill located are to perform maintenance work. Or the operator may not know exactly which wires go from the windmill to the distribution panel.
I mean, is there not a need exists, that one should have available information from a map (GIS data) and technical description (Engineering data) to manage the assets?

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