WindEurope once again pulls in the crème de la crème of the wind industry. Over 9,800 participants, 334 exhibitors and around 250 speakers took to Bilbao, where SKF presented its own services and solutions – and offered wind farm stakeholders an opportunity to rise to current and future industrial challenges.
Drones are fast, agile, and make light work of reaching high altitudes. But that doesn't necessarily mean they will revolutionize wind turbine maintenance overnight. Incidentally, we are still waiting for the big drone breakthrough in the industry. When is it going to happen?
Offshore turbines have to deal with a lot of stress – the strong sea winds, waves crashing against the turbine shaft, and the fact that it has to reach the ground of the ocean to be constructed. It is vital for a wind turbine to have a strong foundation so that it can withstand all these stressors. The question is, how?
In mechanical systems, the perpetual friction of moving components is an acute problem. The only way to minimize the likelihood of major damage is with regular lubrication – a tough task when it comes to wind turbines.
Global offshore wind activity is on the rise. Since 2021 the number of related projects in the pipeline has never been higher. Experts are already speaking of a boom that is being driven primarily by China, the UK, and the USA. But is this development just a flash in the pan or is it here to stay?