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Reducing costs through precise and frequent inspection data

Decreasing asset infrastructure maintenance costs, while improving frontline worker safety, is an often overlooked aspect of sustainability in the renewable energy industry. Wind portfolios continue to expand, and turbines increase in size every year, yet the industry has not reached a standard approach to the cadence of inspections and repairs needed to effectively optimize energy… Read more »

Out of sight, out of mind

Towering towards the sky, harnessing the earth’s natural elements, wind turbine installations continue to spread across the globe. As the world moves towards net zero, the drive towards renewable energy will continue to grow exponentially. As the turbines themselves move further out of sight, keeping the potential for corrosion and other maintenance issues front of… Read more »

Making the future greener together

PES met up with Mette Dietz Lilkaer, Market Analyst & Marketing Manager, Port of Aalborg, to learn how it has been reacting to market changes and challenges. Our last trip to the port in northern Denmark took place in the autumn of 2021. The wind sector and indeed the world has changed quite dramatically since… Read more »

Sustainable ports underpin the green transition

The importance of protecting the natural environment and resources for human existence and development is considered a fundamental approach towards sustainability. There are several port-related issues with sustainability implications, such as energy savings, air quality, emission reduction, natural resources conservation, and waste handling which are already being considered by the industry. A number of initiatives… Read more »

Self-service autonomous drones as the next step in blade inspections

Where once rope access and ground-based cameras had to be enough to inspect the condition of wind turbines, technology has evolved to provide a safer and more accurate process. Machine learning and AI have opened up new possibilities in self-service drone inspections. Time then to gain some insight into the benefits of this shift, from… Read more »

Assessment over assumptions: how to hardwire the right approach into repowering a wind farm

Repowering is the process of upgrading or replacing components of a wind turbine to improve efficiency and capacity. There are two main types of repowering, full and partial. It is estimated that, on average, full repowering can double the generation of capacity in MW and triple the electricity output, because the new turbines produce more… Read more »

Applying lessons from telecoms outages to the power cable industry

Submarine telecoms cables have an average of 210 faults per year on the global infrastructure, the vast majority of which are caused by external aggression, such as fishing and anchoring. Many of the increasing network of power interconnector, array and export cables follow comparable routes, or are in similar areas to the shallower water telecoms… Read more »

Respecting the ecosystem helps wind energy investments take flight

Wind is an important source of renewable energy, but it is crucial to minimize its impact on the ecosystem and especially on birds, through effective bird protection measures. nvisionist is committed to helping society transition away from fossil fuels and reach global zero-emission goals, while maximizing energy production of Wind Turbine Generators. Wind power is… Read more »

Lift off for wind power solutions

Wind turbines are getting bigger and heavier, so it makes sense that the machinery and techniques used to lift them should evolve too. Electric chain hoists have been used within the industry since the early days, so what changes are being seen and how are companies like LIFTKET adapting their products to suit?  As early… Read more »

Towards a better future with remote maintenance

Staying ahead of the curve is a recurring theme that anyone involved in a competitive industry contends with. In the offshore platform sector, one example is to invest in a forward-looking project infrastructure to ultimately achieve significant long-term cost savings and other benefits. Outdated operating methods are replaced with better, modern alternatives. Technologies become more… Read more »

Optimise blade maintenance with IT

Digital innovation is crucial for tracking blade damage history and repair details on large fleets. As the first software-as-a-service for this market, Blade Expert sets a new communication standard for rotor blade works and data management that allows any service company to deploy its own system, while enabling owners and operators to optimise their maintenance… Read more »

Offshore engineering moves up a gear with an integrated design approach

New challenges call for new ideas. Recognising the unpredictability of the offshore environment and understanding that when it comes to solutions and equipment, one size doesn’t fit all, is an important key to success within the sector.  Offshore wind is a fast developing and ever-changing industry, and nowhere are the challenges greater felt than in… Read more »

Dovetailed innovation opens up new possibilities for hydrogen production 
at sea

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched three hydrogen flagship projects which reinforce the German National Hydrogen Strategy. The H2Mare flagship project is one of them, bringing together 33 partners from industry and science.  In the scope of this project, Fraunhofer IWES is investigating the scientific basis for quasi-autonomous offshore hydrogen… Read more »

Taking the measure of offshore wind farms

Data is essential in helping optimise future wind farm design, allowing for improvements to the efficiency of operations during the construction phase and throughout its lifecycle. Collecting the data accurately is crucial, so we were keen to learn more about the technology that makes this possible, from Sergi Roma, Business Developer at EOLOS Floating Lidar… Read more »

Ideally positioned for the future

With safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness among the driving factors for wind turbine manufacturers, there is currently a big rush on high-end yokes. Something that ematec is well placed to help with. By taking customer feedback on board, the German supplier is enjoying full order books as it celebrates its 25th year in business. Why are… Read more »

Acceleration through integrated logistics solutions

DHSS, recently acquired by Clarkson Port Services and now part of Clarkson PLC, continues to grow its coverage of services on a global scale. With strategic locations around the UK and the Netherlands, the combination forms a solid tandem, providing important turn-key services, including port agency, terminal handling and quayside logistics, warehousing, helicopter services as… Read more »

Way better than back to normal

In-person, no more virtual, no temperature control at the entrance and with visitors and exhibitors shaking hands and no restrictions. All of these contributed to an unbelievable energy that rocked the exhibition hall and stages in the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center during an action-packed three days for Wind Energy Asia. There is talk of problems in… Read more »

Harnessing the power 
of strategic collaborations in offshore wind

The global economy has seen some of its most significant challenges in modern history in the last decade. One of the main drivers is the increasing focus of governments worldwide bolstering their energy supply, to reduce vulnerabilities to catastrophic global events, like the ones we have seen this century. Combined with the increasing drive to… Read more »

Accessing the floating wind frontier

‘Floating wind’, the new buzzword of the offshore energy sector, is said to revolutionise the global energy infrastructure. Floating turbines open up new potential sites for exploitation, further offshore, in deeper seas, where stronger and more consistent winds mean better yields. Only four floating wind farms have been built so far, but this relatively new… Read more »

Increased returns by robotized wind turbine inspection and maintenance

With the increasing size of wind farms and the turbines themselves, the scale of inspection and maintenance challenges faced by the wind energy industry is also growing. Servicing the blades has become more difficult, whereas turbine failure and downtime are more costly. Additionally, growing risks related to increased lightning damage due to towers and blades… Read more »

The accuracy of yield forecasts lies in the complexity of the data

Globally, the use of data is becoming increasingly important, enabling many processes to be optimized. At 4cast, physics, computer science, meteorology, and mathematics experts work together with data.  The company uses big data to create precise energy yield forecasts for wind and solar parks. By providing accurate predictions directly to marketers, grid operators, energy service… Read more »

Offering global welding repair solutions

According to WindEurope’s latest analysis, Europe currently has 255 GW of wind energy installed, of which 19 GW are newly established facilities from 2022. WindEurope’s expectations for the future are that an additional 129 GW will be established in Europe between 2023 and 2027. To meet the 2030 climate goals, the expansion is expected to… Read more »

Why didn’t I think of that?

Ingenuity through simplicity. Discussing simple yet effective solutions to very common problems in the industry, with VelociWrapper®. Thousands of years ago, a caveman brought a round, flat rock to his council meeting. He showed how the rock could be rolled on its side, enabling it to be moved with relatively little effort. If the rock… Read more »

Moving in to top gear with EVs

Fuel prices are rising exponentially across the world and demand for cleaner, cheaper electric vehicles is growing. We thought it was a good time to catch up with Soltaro CEO Tynan Coles, to get his take on the market, the opportunities it presents for the solar industry and what uptake has been like so far…. Read more »

Meeting the electricity demands of the future

With big change comes unpredictability. At a time when the world is increasingly relying on green energy including solar, this uncertainty has the potential to cause problems. PES sat down with Travis Snyder, Product Manager at Solis Europe, to find out how it is reacting to an increased need for solutions that insulate electrical users… Read more »

Why Europe is ready for a shift to micro-inverter based rooftop installations in residential PV

All over Europe, string inverters have been the standard for decades, not only in large-scale industrial PV plants, but also in residential rooftop installations. Although there have been some alterations in the product standards to tackle performance, safety and other issues, there hasn’t been a major reformation in the residential market for a long time…. Read more »

Looking to the sun to lower energy costs

Logistics hubs, the central facilities for distributing goods, are the core of logistics companies. Their vast, flat roofs are ideal for installing solar. As energy is one of the leading costs for operating a warehouse, solar can play a crucial role in lowering this outlay. Now, many logistics companies are planning for another huge challenge:… Read more »

Connecting energy for a stable supply

A stable power supply is the focus of current energy debates. The ultimate target is to become independent from fossil fuels. However, the change from a few centralised energy producers to many decentralised ones means a complete reorganisation of the power grid, which has existed in this form for over 100 years, something that isn’t… Read more »

Debunking string inverter misconceptions

There are common, and intertwined, misconceptions in the PV industry about string inverters today. The first is that they are subject to the ‘Christmas light effect’, meaning, if one module can’t produce power, the whole string will stop working. The second is that in the presence of shade, inverters will be forced to work at… Read more »

Value-added partnerships aiding the energy transition

The transformation from fossil fuels to solar and climate-neutral energy generation is a huge task. Integrating sustainability into our entire life cycle will involve the creation of products and services to help people and industry to solarize their energy needs. Thus, effectively reducing their emissions. This can only really be achieved through collaboration and the… Read more »

Causing an inline revolution

Schmid introduces inline single side wet processes along with Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition doped glass layers. IBC (interdigitated back contact) solar cells have metal on the non-illuminated side, to maximize the absorption of incident light on the front . Other advantages of the IBC architecture include lower series resistance due to higher metal fraction,… Read more »

How will the European PV value chain up production x 30 to meet 30 GW by 2025?

While the European demand for Solar PV soars, why hasn’t the Solar PV industry raced forward to scale up? The conundrum is that European companies and investors face a high business risk in establishing a sustainable solar upstream manufacturing value chain. Over the past two years, Norwegian Crystals has been providing thought leadership around the… Read more »

Growing along with the energy transition

As market demand for solar increases, so companies within the sector are expanding their premises and their product ranges. Among these is Mounting Systems GmbH, a business that is taking its solutions for pitches and flat roofs to new heights. As Germany’s only manufacturer of solar mounting systems, Mounting Systems GmbH, located in Rangsdorf, near… Read more »