Designing wind turbine blades is about balancing aerodynamic performance and structural integrity, but design and analysis is often disconnected from the blade manufacturing process. Dr Olivier Guillermin, Director of Product and Market Strategy, VISTAGY Inc, discusses the current situtation.
28 February, 2011
Using the experience it has gained from the aviation industry, LAP GmbH Laser Applikationen is now helping wind turbine blade manufacturers to improve accuracy and reduce costs. Axel Rieckmann, sales manager industry at LAP, explains the use of the company’s laser projection equipment, which Germanischer Lloyd has certified for use in the production of turbine blades.
15 February, 2011
Although computer models of wind flow over terrain have improved dramatically in the past few years, there is still no substitute for data recorded at the site.
11 February, 2011
Planning permission and consents can be the death of many a renewable energy project. Which is why it remains vital to properly assess the environmental impacts of development.
10 February, 2011
In the first of a special Renewable Energy Focus series looking at the key stages and processes involved in taking a wind project from A to Z, Gail Rajgor gives some rules of thumb that are vital from the offset, and takes a closer look at the all important issue of choosing the right site for your wind farm.
10 February, 2011
Damage to wind turbine blades can significantly lower the turbine’s performance. On site repair of wind turbine blades has traditionally been time consuming and of variable quality. David Cripps, Global Account Manager, Gurit Wind Energy, describes a new blade repair system which is clean, fast and can be used in a wider temperature range.
01 February, 2011