Gone with the wind: Surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power

Science Daily:  Despite the rigors of scientific inquiry and the methodical approaches of the world's most talented researchers, sometimes science has a surprise in store.

Such was the case when a group of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry -- a serendipitous finding that was recently highlighted in the journal Tribology International.

Due to the strenuous environment inherent in wind turbine drivetrains, key components such as actuators, bearings and gears are prone to failure, meaning turbines require regular maintenance that helps drive up the price of wind energy. Prolonging the life of these components could greatly reduce the cost of wind power, the fastest growing source of energy in the world, thereby making it an even more attractive energy source.  Cont'd...

SmartTrak Opens First Global Center in Silicon Valley

India's leading solar tracker developer, SmartTrak Corp., has opened its first global center in Silicon Valley's Freemont, California, to help build out its goal of adding 1 GW of global tracker projects over the coming year.

CESA Wins Award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to Assist States' Solar Efforts

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) Will Help State Officials Ensure Solar Is Equitable and Consumer-Friendly

DOE Awards IREC $2.2M for Solar Training of Allied Professionals

Solar Resources and Training to Reach 100,000 Through Partnerships in the Building Code, Inspection and Firefighting Sectors

NABCEP Awarded DOE Sunshot Funding to Expand Solar Workforce Credentialing Programs

Federal cooperative agreement will enable updates the current NABCEP PV Installation Professional® Certification and development of three new solar personnel certifications.

Intersolar - Valentin Software to present the next generation of design software PV*SOL premium 2016 and T*SOL 2016 at Intersolar Europe

Baker Electric Solar's New Website Reflects Its Position as San Diego's Foremost Solar Authority

Baker Electric Solar has transformed BakerElectricSolar.com into an interactive and highly engaging website through its new Drupal technology platform, giving both homeowners and business organizations greater access to solar power education, events, experts, and solar system estimates.

8 Wonders of the Solar World

Did you know that many of the world's most distinguished, renowned, iconic, even historical buildings have gone solar?

Wind Turbine Repair

Reaching speeds of up to 200 mph, wind turbine blades are susceptible to damage from tiny particles including sand, rain, hail and salt spray.

WINDPOWER 2016 - PSI Repair Services to Highlight its Diverse Engineering Services at WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition

PSI's engineering services include custom tests, product upgrades, remanufacturing services, and new product manufacturing services.

WINDPOWER 2016 - HGC Engineering Achieves ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation for Noise Testing of Wind Turbines

HGC Engineering's Wind Energy Division has been awarded full ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation to conduct measurements of wind turbine noise emissions to the exacting methods set out in IEC-61400-11.

Intersolar - Intersolar And ees India Awarded Trade Fair Certification From U.S. Commercial Service

Intersolar India and ees India will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) from October 19 to 21, 2016.

ROTH China Solar Tour to be Held in Conjunction with SNEC Power Expo in Shanghai May 23-26, 2016

ROTH Investor Tour to Meet with 20 Solar Power and Clean Technology Companies on Booth Tours and Facility Visits

BASF Coatings joins WINDSOURCING.COM team of suppliers: RELEST® product line for rotor blade repair

WINDSOURCING.COM broadens its product portfolio and adds BASF Coatings' RELEST® repair program for rotor blades to it. Herewith the company further extends its position as the world's major sales portal for wind turbine products.

China Produced Almost Half of New Global Wind Installations in 2015, says GlobalData

• China pushed the global wind market to new heights in 2015, representing almost half of new wind installations globally and producing a total annual capacity of 30.5 Gigawatts • However, after focusing on increasing its installed capacity, the country now aims to shift its focus from scale expansion towards quality and efficiency, says analyst

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