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Banking on wind Lidar

In November 2014 we asked the industry ‘can we bank on wind Lidar’? Can we use it to provide quantitative data for the annual energy prediction of a wind farm, allowing developers to raise or ratify the necessary finance to progress and construct full-scale developments? Today, in 2022, that question has not only been answered,… Read more »

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From performance management to improvement

To support the green energy transition, it’s time for the wind industry to rethink what Asset Performance Management means, and move beyond visualization and monitoring towards performance improvement.  Asset reporting, data visualization and performance monitoring have become standard for wind plant owners, asset managers and financial stakeholders, to ensure turbines are running safely and meeting… Read more »

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Lightning protection system monitoring: a proactive approach for wind turbine strikes

Wind power generated by turbines accounts for the largest share of renewable energy production in Europe. Here, Voliro and SkySpecs explore the lingering questions surrounding the effects of lightning strikes on the rotor blades of wind turbines, as well as an effective new method for inspecting and monitoring the state of those blades. Overview of… Read more »

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Leveraging lidar to optimize wind resource assessment 

Accurate Wind Resource Assessment (WRA) grows in importance as the industry, and turbines, grow in demand and in size. By understanding how recent wind energy industry innovations have evolved, we can help shape best practices for WRA, so that the wind energy sector can continue to meet demand and make our world a better place…. Read more »

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Developing market opportunities based on certified sustainability

Demand for hydrogen is on the rise, whether as a means of energy storage or as a replacement for natural gas. But only sustainably produced ‘green’ hydrogen is ecologically reasonable. However, there is still a lack of internationally standardised, mandatory criteria defining sustainability throughout the value chain. So how can producers and distributors prepare for… Read more »

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Driven by data

As one of the innovators within the energy service sector, Sulzer Schmid’s rotor blade inspection process employs autonomous drones to capture high-quality and consistent images. PES was keen to spend time talking to Tom Sulzer, CEO and co-founder of Sulzer Schmid, about its cloud-based 3DX™ Blade Platform and how it provides customers with actionable insights,… Read more »

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Getting a grip

With the ever-increasing performances and size of wind turbines, together with a call for a reduction in set-up times, the demands on the load handling device during assembly are increasing. For safe gripping and lifting, additional technical development is required, something that SpanSet Axzion GmbH, in cooperation with relevant testing institutes, is able to match…. Read more »

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Sealing the future of asset integrity in the renewable sector

As offshore wind farm developers continue to drive down the installed cost of their assets, there is great focus on maximising the efficiency of the installation process. Charlie Watt, Business Development Manager for EasyQote at Seal For Life Industries, gives PES his views on the role of maintenance in the future of the renewables sector.  … Read more »

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Riding the waves of progress

It’s no secret that wind turbines are growing in stature and wind farms are developing further and further offshore. So PES was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to Katja Roose, Sales and Marketing Manager at Radac, to find out how it is serving the market, with multiple wave radar and beyond.  PES: It’s very… Read more »

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Monitoring makes good sense

Competition among wind farmers to make winning bids in tenders for new generation contracts, while maintaining a healthy return on investment is spurring innovation in operating technology. PhotonFirst looks at how integrated photonics sensing can help operators improve return on investment. Turbine operators are learning that advanced photonic sensing can provide more detailed, real-time wind… Read more »

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