Africa’s huge wind potential – Electricity shortage in Africa: Gone with the wind?
In many parts of Africa, people still live without access to electricity. Although recent studies have shown the potential for renewable energy on the continent, electrification is proving to be challenging. In remote regions especially, the infrastructure is lacking.
Islands in the (wind) stream – How islands are reforming their power production
Inhabitants of small islands are having a hard time meeting their power needs, as redirecting energy from the mainland is only possible using expensive submarine cables. Yet more and more islands are now home to wind farms. Winds, after all, tend to be strong and steady at sea. But it's not quite as simple as it sounds.
100% recyclable – just a dream? – What’s new in recycling worn components in the wind industry?
Every part of a wind turbine is recyclable... almost. One of the few components that pose a problem are rotor blades. To help tackle the issue, researchers from companies all over the world are trying to find a solution, and it might not be so long until they do. On top of that, it could be that other industries benefit too.
New heights for German hydrogen – How northwest Germany scores big wins with hydrogen
The German government’s National Hydrogen Strategy highlights the significance of hydrogen in the energy transition. This scheme has been bolstered by a major project in the north of the country, which also underlines the importance of close cooperation between wind farm operators and hydrogen producers.
Inspecto-drones – How can drones support turbine maintenance?
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?
No room? No worries! – Why hybrid offshore farms are making waves
In western Europe, the seasons are fairly predictable. Winds are higher in winter. Whereas in summer, the sun is out more often. While this might sound like stating the obvious, it is for this reason that a 16-company-strong consortium is planning to build the first hybrid offshore park off the Belgian coast.
A new era for gearbox bearings – How innovative rolling bearings are enabling changes in the wind industry
The wind industry is in a fierce race to reduce the levelized cost of energy to become competitive with other energy sources. New developments in rolling bearing technology allow to reduce the drivetrain weight which significantly reduces the costs and even increases the power. This allows to increase the onshore turbine sizes within the limitations for transport.
Towards Testing 4.0 – How SKF helps shape the future of wind energy
The demand on wind turbines is increasing. It is the same for the roller bearings that enable their smooth operation. These bearings must withstand ever-higher loads, moments, and harsh conditions, while still increasing efficiency and reliability as demand rises. To help companies meet these challenges, SKF analyzes large-scale roller bearing behavior under extreme and real conditions at the Sven Wingquist Test Center.
Keeping wind turbines spinning – Why artificial intelligence alone is not enough
The goal of every operator is to get the best out of their wind turbine. But the methods it takes to reach that singular goal are many. That's where SKF Rotating Equipment Performance comes in – a tailor-made service for your needs.