Testing the boundaries – Turbine bearings in extreme environments
Wind turbines operate in a multitude of conditions — from the scorching heat of deserts to icy polar terrains. Each environment poses unique challenges for their bearings. In this article, we explore the hurdles turbine bearings face and highlight the innovative solutions the industry is adopting to counter them.
Let’s talk safety – What kind of maintenance do wind turbines need?
Wind turbines run continuously for 120,000 hours transforming kinetic energy generated by wind into electricity. To achieve the expected life span of 20 years, they need proper maintenance to operate safely. Read what operators need to look out for.
Wind innovations – Part 1 – Three wind technologies you should know about
As wind energy continues to be one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources worldwide, the possibilities in that area are endless. Many creative thinkers are coming up with various alternative innovations that could turn the tide.
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.
Demands on modern turbines – How to meet gearbox performance needs
The wind energy sector continuously works to make electricity production more efficient. We are seeing a rise in offshore installations as well as in areas with low winds. The challenge: designing wind turbine components that can withstand these harsh conditions.
Pro-active monitoring – How artificial intelligence can reduce false alarms
When false alarms occur in a wind turbine, they can incur high costs and waste operators’ valuable time. To reduce the amount of such incidents, SKF has developed Protean, leveraging AI technology based on SKF @ptitude software to monitor wind turbine drivetrains in an automated fashion.
WindEnergy digital – Part 2 – Digitization in the wind industry
Exhibitors were unfortunately unable to participate in the digital version of WindEnergy Hamburg this year after all. To ensure that SKF Wind’s exciting showcase is not wasted, this article shares some insights into the technologies and data-driven processes which are shaping the industry. How are new technologies and computer-aided processes influencing the industry?
The power of analytics – Creating value with data in wind energy
Previously, SKF announced that they had acquired Presenso Ltd. – a company that specializes in artificial intelligence (AI). Adopting data-driven technology presents wind farm operators and OEMs with plenty of opportunity to boost efficiency and reduce costs. So, how does this work in practice?
Supply chain transparency – Introducing a new solution for streamlining O&M
With the wind energy industry facing increased competition and decreasing margins, SKF and Boralex have teamed up. Their joint project, called the Wind Turbine Reliability Dashboard, will help predict maintenance requirements and streamline supply chain management, lowering overall operating costs and increasing profitability in the process.