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February 6, 2018

An untapped source – The role of big data in the wind energy industry

Big data is taking its hold on the 21st century. We are seeing its prominence in all areas of society. But the wind power sector seems to be somewhat behind. Why is this, and how can big data contribute to the industry achieving its ultimate goal of improving the levelized cost of energy?

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Technology
January 30, 2018

A visual representation – Digitally demonstrating wind turbine components

A company develops a new wind turbine component; but without a platform to showcase this, it may be difficult to convince interested parties of its advantages. So how can manufacturers display key turbine parts, many of which are massive or only functional within a working turbine, to an audience? The digital era may present yet another solution.

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Technology
January 3, 2018

Sky high prices? – Debunking the myth of cost-inefficiency

The advantages of wind are clear: it is an inexhaustible and environmentally friendly energy source. Furthermore, the technology to harness its power is already well established. However, although wind is a proven eco-efficient energy source, why is it struggling to achieve status as a cost-efficient one?

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Technology
December 19, 2017

Pinpoint delivery – Lubrication technologies for wind turbines

Maintaining wind turbine reliability is one of the main challenges facing the industry. Without correct lubrication for key components, there is always the risk that operation could grind to a halt. Fortunately, there are various options available to help avoid this.

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Technology
November 22, 2017

Testing reaches new heights – SKF test center is setting new industry standards

In July 2017, the Sven Wingquist Test Center was opened in Schweinfurt, Germany. The aim of this project was to improve current testing software and standards and to develop more reliable large-size bearings. The facility is up and running and providing the wind power industry with a unique service.

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Technology
November 20, 2017

Adjusting to the extreme – How engineers can deal with challenging conditions

An increasingly volatile climate and powerful winds are an endurance test not only for people, but also for machines. But what would appear to be a disadvantage could actually be a significant opportunity for an entire industry – at the very least for those whose wind turbines can withstand extreme conditions.

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Technology
October 4, 2017

What’s trending in wind? – Predictions for market trends in wind power

Wind energy is becoming increasingly important to our society. As a result, the industry is changing – and so is the market and the opportunities that it presents. We take a closer look at emerging market trends in wind energy and what implications these might have.

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Technology
September 21, 2017

The stage is set – SKF to present on wind turbine bearings at Quo Vadis

Save the date: On September 27–28, 2017, the Quo Vadis conference will be taking place in London. At the event, SKF will give a presentation to explain how optimized spherical roller bearings for wind turbine rotors benefit the industry.

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Technology
July 20, 2017

Don’t throw caution to the wind – Taking a statistical approach to wind turbine O&M

Operation and maintenance (O&M) costs represent a large portion of expenditure for wind farm operators. Failure to implement an effective strategy may result in increased costs or machinery failure. For this reason, it is important to take a statistical approach.

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