In The Spotlight
Schenectady, NY (October 09, 2018) - Today at Blade O&M Forum in Dallas, GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) announced the availability of a new ground-based blade inspection system, combining thermal imaging technology and wide-band acoustic spectral analysis to detect anomalies on blades across an entire wind fleet, including both GE and non-GE turbines. The system will enable GE's customers to manage blade assets more proactively and has the proven potential to reduce blade O&M costs by up to ~25%.
The GE system is patented and self-contained, providing real time data analytics on turbine health fast and safely. This method reduces the need for up-tower inspections leading to safer and less-costly repairs, and also does not require wind assets to be powered down for a prolonged period. To date, more than 1500 turbines have been inspected using this technology. On average, the inspection time per unit is under 15 minutes.
Staged at the base of a wind turbine, the inspection technology takes a series of recordings of the blades as they are turning and under active load. This produces a real-time view of the subsurface health of a blade, layered with advanced digital image analytic capabilities that read and detect a wide range of anomalies. Additionally, certain blade anomalies under rotation produce a distinct sound, which the system detects and analyzes to pinpoint the specific location of the anomaly.
"Wind turbine blade inspections have come a long way. Ground scopes, drones, and tap testing are just a few of the methods that operators have used to help prevent against failures both small and catastrophic," explained Anne McEntee, CEO of Digital Services. "But most down-tower blade inspections are limited to showing what's happening with the surface of a blade. Many of the issues that lead to larger failures are deeper within the blade itself. This is where our inspection technology truly excels. The ability to also look beyond the exterior coating of the blade, regardless of manufacturer, marks a significant advance in blade inspection technology for the entire wind industry."
The system can detect a range of defects harmful to blade function including fatigue cracks, fiber waves, delamination, bonding issues, breaking or missing adhesive joints, splits and defective repairs. As the images are gathered, a combination of artificial intelligence algorithms and deep expertise in physical models/turbine engineering help teams conduct an in-depth analysis of the overall health of the blades. This service is currently available through GE Renewable Energy Services in the North American region and will be extended to other regions in the coming months.
About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables
Australian renewables firm Windlab Ltd plans to build a 400-MW wind park in Meru County, central Kenya.
French renewables firm Vergnet said it has completed the installation phase of its four-turbine wind power project of a 1.1-MW capacity in the eastern parts of Chad.
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 8, 2018) – EDF Renewables North America has installed 3MTM Wind Vortex Generators (VGs) on their Chestnut Flats Wind Project in Logan Township, Pennsylvania. The installation follows the successful field verification testing of VGs installed on six GE 1.5sle turbines completed earlier this year at EDF Renewable’s Bobcat Bluff Wind Project in Archer County, Texas.
The Bobcat Bluff turbines with VGs were operated for a period of six months, after which a comparative performance analysis confirmed an annual energy production increase of 1.6%. Full results of this testing are available in a technical report published by SmartBlade.
The Chestnut Flats VGs were installed in May and June of 2018. The project was developed and built by Gamesa Energy USA, LLC, and was acquired by EDF Renewables in November 2011. Chestnut Flats utilizes 18 G90 and one G87 Gamesa turbines with a rated capacity of two megawatts. The predicted AEP increase for the project is 1.8% which will be verified over the next 4 months.
VGs are small attachments made from durable materials that energize a flow around the blade and reduce flow separation. Due to the unique shape and properties of every wind turbine blade, the positioning of wind vortex generators is customized for each blade design. Additionally, the VGs are applied using 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape, which accommodates the flexing and residual forces acting on the blade surface while still providing high adhesive strength in challenging weather conditions.
“We were pleased with the results of the verification test at Bobcat Bluff,” said Dan Summa, vice president, generation, EDF Renewables North America. “For Chestnut Flats we are predicting even better results due to a wind regime that is better suited for VGs.”
“One of the key advantages of EDF Renewables is that we can prove new innovations in O&M on our own equipment before we offer these solutions to our third-party customers,” said Larry Barr, senior vice president, operations and maintenance, EDF Renewables North America. “The success of our VG field testing is an example of how we bring an owner-operator perspective to our third-party offerings.”
EDF Renewables and 3M entered into a collaboration agreement last year to install 3M™ Wind Vortex Generators on wind turbines across the U.S.
Nautilus would prepare New Jersey to take the lead in cultivating offshore wind talent, as states race to capitalize on this new economy
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Sept 5, 2018) – The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced its official acceptance of the application tendered by EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project. The agency is expected to review the project over the next few months and make a decision on whether to approve the project for immediate construction, which will be located approximately 2.8 miles east of the coastline of Atlantic City and could be complete as soon as 2020. The small-scale project, expected to be comprised of three wind turbines with a combined capacity of up to 25 megawatts (MW), is a crucial first step towards implementing the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) and building a workforce capable of meeting Governor Phil Murphy’s statewide goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind generation by 2030.
The Project is expected to employ the equivalent of 600 workers for a year during construction as well as additional jobs during operations and maintenance. New Jersey residents across the state could expect to begin receiving power generated by the Nautilus Offshore Wind project as early as 2021. It’s estimated that for the average New Jersey electric consumer, the additional cost of power will amount to about $1.76 per year, which is less than the price of a cup of coffee. In return, an independent analysis showed that Nautilus is expected to increase New Jersey’s total economic output by $150 million with construction by 2020. Maintaining the offshore wind project could add $16 million annually for the state, with a projected economic and environmental net benefit of $235 million.
“Our purpose with Nautilus is not just to deliver offshore wind power, but to leverage this initial build to help the New Jersey workforce quickly gain deep expertise in offshore wind in comparison with other states,” said Doug Copeland, EDF Renewables regional project manager. “With offshore wind poised to become one of the nation’s fastest growing production sectors, there is a real opportunity for New Jersey to lead the country in implementing future commercial scale projects faster and more cost effectively – all with a minimal impact on the ocean environment.”
A number of New Jersey economic organizations and political officials have already voiced support for the project.
“Nautilus will make it possible for Atlantic City to become the birth place of an emerging industry, creating new jobs and sustainable economic growth,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo. “When approved, the project will be the start of an energy transformation that will allow for a brighter and cleaner future here in Atlantic City, in Atlantic County and across the state.”
“A myriad of benefits will be realized through the experience gained in implementing the Nautilus Offshore project,” said Philip K. Beachem, president of the New Jersey Alliance for Action. “We welcome clean energy investments such as this, that have the potential to bolster economic growth across the state.”
“Nautilus is poised to create hundreds of new jobs in the short-term, as well as lay the foundation for future employment growth throughout the region. The Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters looks forward to expanding its clean energy workforce that will be equipped to expand New Jersey’s economy,” said William Sproule, assistant executive secretary treasurer of the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters.
Liz Burdock, president and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind added, “The Nautilus Offshore project is a perfect example of how states can quickly kick off the build of their offshore wind economies. Along our U.S. coastline, offshore wind provides us with the power to create unparalleled job and economic growth.”
EDF Renewables plays a leading role in offshore wind energy, having gained several years of experience with a strong portfolio of offshore wind projects in development throughout Europe totaling almost 2 gigawatts (GW), including three projects along the French coastline with 1.5 GW in total capacity, and a 450 MW offshore wind project in the UK. EDF Renewables already operates more than 800 MW of offshore wind capacity with three projects: C-Power (325 MW) in Belgium, Teesside (62 MW) and Blyth (41.5 MW) in the UK, and the operations and maintenance of 400 MW of offshore wind capacity with the recent acquisition of a company specialized in this activity based out of Germany.
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 29, 2018 – Officials today celebrated the opening of Delta Solar, Michigan’s largest tracking solar array that will provide the state’s capital city and region with clean energy.
Representatives of CMS Energy, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) and EDF Renewables announced the 24-megawatt, two-part project is now fully operational during an event with community leaders this morning at the combined facility, west of I-96/I-69 and north of Sundance Highway in Delta Township. Delta Solar provides enough power to serve up to 4,200 homes.
“Delta Solar illustrates CMS Energy’s commitment to our triple bottom line – supporting people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity,” said Patti Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy, which owns and operates Delta Solar through its subsidiary, CMS Enterprises. “CMS Energy is excited to help power Lansing-area homes and businesses with a project that leaves our planet better than we found it.”
“This project reinforces BWL’s commitment to providing our customers with 30 percent clean energy by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030,” said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. “We know this is what our customers want and we’re committed to giving them a clean energy future.”
Delta Solar is located on about 200 acres in Delta Township in Eaton County. The project features over 86,000 solar panels that use modern single-axis tracking technology to follow the sun’s movement, capturing more energy than traditional fixed-tilt solar modules. The project was constructed using local skilled labor and provided over 100 jobs during construction.
The Lansing Board of Water & Light has a contract to purchase the power from Delta Solar, helping the municipal utility to achieve its renewable energy goals. CMS Enterprises owns and operates the project, which was originated, developed and constructed by EDF Renewables. CMS Enterprises will manage Delta Solar’s daily operations, with EDF Renewables providing long-term maintenance services.
“EDF Renewables commends the Lansing Board of Water & Light in leading the state and the capital region to turn toward a clean and secure energy future,” said Jamie Resor, CEO of EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions. “The success of this project is directly attributable to the support we received from the community, our partners BWL and CMS Energy, and our subcontractors and suppliers.”
CMS Enterprises has been active in developing renewable energy projects in Michigan and the region. It worked with EDF Renewables to develop the 2.5-megawatt Flambeau Solar power facility last year in northern Wisconsin. CMS Enterprises also recently closed on the purchase of the 105-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Haviland, Ohio.
The national committee on transmission is expected to take a call on Friday on the proposed Rs 393-crore schemes to improve electricity evacuation infrastructure in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
Mytrah won to set up a 100 MW capacity in the state with a tariff of ₹2.86
- Last 4 years have been path-breaking in India’s renewable energy landscape.
- Renewable power installed capacity has already reached over 70 GW. Over 40 GW renewable power capacity is under construction/tendered.
- Salitrillos, Enel’s first plant in Tamaulipas, will be able to generate around 400 GWh each year
- The investment in the construction of the facility amounts to approx. 120 million US dollars
Wind Sail Receptor, Inc. is pleased to announce that the best windmill in the world is for sale.