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Uptime is a wind energy podcast focused on improving the efficiency of wind turbines and renewable energy. On this show you'll learn about current business trends and renewable energy technology, as expert Allen Hall breaks down the latest research and news from the wind industry. Listeners will come away with deeper knowledge on how to improve wind turbine uptime. Learn about new solutions in operations and maintenance that can save wind farms millions of dollars annually and push the renewable sector forward.

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    EP117 – Gearbox Debris Detection with Stephen Steen of Poseidon Systems

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 51:11


    This week we discuss Keystone Tower Systems' spiral-welding technology, which should speed up the construction process and drive costs down. The US DOE likes the sound of that. Meanwhile, Modvion's wood laminate towers also have high-profile investors (Vestas, among others) but Rosemary says steel is more sustainable. Find out what's good, and what's still unknown, about both tower technologies. Stephen Steen of Poseidon Systems explains how debris monitoring discovers potential failures that vibration monitoring can miss. With more than 10,000 installations, Poseidon's database delivers intelligence that operators can use to get gear boxes fixed or replaced while they're under warranty. Some OEMs are incorporating the information in new designs, too. Visit Poseidon Systems here - https://www.poseidonsys.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 117 Stephen Steen: You know, we can get a really good understanding of what's happening within that care box from early stage faults, all the way to late stage faults. And so overall that gives us a great opportunity to detect. Relatively early, um, when things are starting to fail and actually track severity of that fault over time as well. Allen Hall: Welcome to the uptime podcast. I am your co-host Allen hall and I'm here with Dr. Rosemary Barnes and Joel Saxum. We got a really event packed  Joel Saxum: show. So we're gonna talk about two, uh, emerging tower technologies, one to do a spiral, welding, a technique borrowed from Newland gas industry, and then also laminated wood towers, uh, being built up in the Scandinavian countries. Allen Hall: And then we have a guest interview with Steven steam, vice president of sales and marketing with post site and systems. And he's gonna talk to us about debris detection and keeping your gearbox running. And  Rosemary Barnes: we're gonna talk about whether Australia is about to face a skill shortage for workers to drive our really fast energy transition. Rosemary Barnes: And finally, we're gonna talk about a portable winter turbine that you can take put in a backpack and take camping with you to charge your devices. All right, everybody  Allen Hall: first topic for the week. Spiral welding of wind Turine towers. And now I, I saw this discuss probably a year, a year or so ago, and it went absolutely nowhere. Allen Hall: Like nobody in the press picked it up. I, I did some, actually a little bit of deep diving on this company. It's called Keystone tower systems and they have developed sort of large scale spiral, welding. And Joel, you may be more familiar with this, uh, work coming on oil and gas. Uh, you ever seen spiral welding where they make pipes and things like that that are spiral welded together real quick and dirty. Allen Hall: Yeah.  Joel Saxum: Yeah. So, yeah, absolutely. But think about, uh, I guess this the E most easy way to think about this is, uh, you ever seen a seamless rain gut? Yeah, sure. Machine. Yeah. Right. So when they have, they have the stock steel, they have the trailer, they run the seamless gutter thing and then kick it out. Right. Joel Saxum: Right. Of course it's a different process, but it same concept on, on site. You're bringing in stock materials instead of a classical pipeline. Um, building is truckloads and truckloads and truckloads of 40 foot pipes, 40 foot pipes, 40 foot pipes. Right. And then that's, you know, heavy, there's a lot of, uh, you know, a. Joel Saxum: Combustible materials used to, to create those, a lot of hydrocarbons burn to, to make it.

    T-Omega Floating Wind, SGRE vs GE, Roads as EV Chargers, Coldplay buys Flower Turbine

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 57:08


    While GE just lost the latest round in the patent lawsuit saga with Siemens Gamesa, an appeal is already in the works. We discuss how the process (and politics) will affect wind energy innovation, development, and production. Speaking of innovation, T-Omega's floating wind turbines have a very unusual design, more like a ferris wheel than an iceberg. In small scale testing, models look promising. T-Omega says it's looking for manufacturers who "aren't locked into legacy technology." The company might need more than that, though.  Several US states are collaborating, partly in an effort to replace gas tax revenues, to enable electric vehicles to charge while they drive. And in possibly the coolest product placement ever, Coldplay is taking a wind turbine on tour. It's made by Texas startup Flower Turbines. Rosemary says small wind may inspire change, but questions its actual impact. Allen will try to get Coldplay on a future podcast.   Visit Pardalote Consulting at https://www.pardaloteconsulting.com Wind Power Lab - https://windpowerlab.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 132 Allen Hall: Hello everyone. We have an amazing show for you this week. T Omega creates a wind turbine that looks like a Ferris wheel, and then GE gets an injunction against them by Siemens Gamesa. We talk  Joel Saxum: about electrifying highways to charge electric vehicles and with a specific focus on heavy haul trucks. Rosemary Barnes: And then finally, we're gonna talk about my favorite topic small vertical access wind turbine that looks pretty and doesn't generate only and doesn't generate any electricity.  Allen Hall: Hey, everybody. If you're a frequent listener to this podcast, please take a moment and give us a five star rating on this podcast platform. It makes a. Difference to us, and it allows our podcast to be played in in new places. And to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, Uptime Tech News, which can be found by just Googling uptime tech news, and you'll go right to it. I'm Alan Hall, President of Weather Regard Lightning Tech, and I'm here with my good friend and blade expert Rosemary Barnes, and my good friend from Wind Power Lab, Joel Saxon. And this is the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. Okay, first up Boston Startup to Omega win says it's model tested of a unique floating wind turbine design. So Rosemary, it looks like two triangles, side by side, and in between those triangles is a a three bladed wind turbine. So it resembles a sort of a Ferris wheel design. Two Omega is, is interest in this design because they think it takes a lot less materials to build it. It's a lot simpler to build, and you don't have complicated bearing structures to support the spinning winter blades. The group is out of Northeastern, which is a college in Boston, but they're, they're saying like their sweet spots can be like seven to eight megawatts in. The amount of in sort of energy and cost to build the thing is gonna be like a fraction of what it takes to build a seven eight megawatt turbine right now, just because of the difference in design, they're using simpler design techniques, things that are general walls, steel tubes, everything's lighter. It basically just floats on top of the, of the waves. It doesn't have a, a counterweight at the bottom, like the standard horizontal access wind tur is due. They are getting money. They got funded and free show. We were just talking about our renewable energy companies in Boston getting funded. And this is another one of those they've received. Yeah. $256,

    Inflation Reduction Act, Blade Bolts Fail in Oregon, Unique Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Design

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 63:53


    PGE's Biglow Canyon wind farm isn't aging well. Is it due to poor maintenance or faulty equipment? PGE isn't convinced that every bolt failure meets the state's reporting threshold, but a "blade liberation" in January got widespread attention. Some complain that the Inflation Reduction Act does little for climate change - but is it enough to be a catalyst? We discuss how it may affect wind, and the planet. And interesting new designs from Norway show floating turbines with contra-rotating blades that could be more powerful and less dangerous to wildlife. Are they really viable? Visit Pardalote Consulting at https://www.pardaloteconsulting.com Wind Power Lab - https://windpowerlab.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 131 Allen Hall: Hello, everyone. We have an amazing show for you this week. First off is the inflation reduction act. How big of an impact will it have on global temperatures?  Joel Saxum: And the team jumps up to Oregon to talk about some bolts coming out of a blade route and the blade coming off to the ground on one of PGES  Rosemary Barnes: sites up there. Rosemary Barnes: And finally, we had to Norway where there is a new startup making a vertical access wind turbine for offshore. There has some interesting design features that we'll talk about. I'm Alan  Allen Hall: Hall and I'm here with my good friends, Rosemary Barnes, and Joel Saxon. And this is the uptime wind energy podcast. Allen Hall: Hi guys. The, the Biden administration has made a lot of claims about the inflation reduction act and Michael Shellenberger, who is a, is the environmentalist. But he also is an engineer and he writes a lot about the environmental changes that are happening and, and what we can do about it and sort of the costs, reward side of the equation. Allen Hall: So he had an article he put out and, and it was talking about the effect of the inflation reduction act on temperatures and isn't really gonna make that much difference. And the article is, is interesting. You know, I, I, I can't validate everything that Michael says in his article, but let me give you the pieces of it. Allen Hall: So the us saying is gonna reduce carbon emissions in by 2030, around 40% below 2005 levels. That's I think that's true. It's just less in the 50% that the Biden administration's been talking about. So they kind of gave themselves a haircut on reaching the 50% point. and the us has substantially reduced emissions by using natural gas. Allen Hall: And so we were already on a pathway to get to lower emissions just by converting, over stopping coal, using more natural gas. Would've been the pathway. So if we didn't need, if we didn't pass a law, we would've already been at sort of 30% of those levels. Would've, we've been knocked down by 30%, which is most away to 40%. Allen Hall: And with this due law, they're figuring that it Michael's saying that it's gonna add another 7%. So instead of 30%, we're going to 37% and we're gonna lower the temperature down in Fahrenheit by like one, 1000th of a degree Fahrenheit. by the end of the century. So for 300 plus $400 billion, we're gonna make one, 1000th of a degree change. Allen Hall: And also on C levels, aren't gonna change that much based on the predictions. You put it into the model, the UN model and spit out the numbers, and it doesn't really make that much difference. So it's interesting how the administration is talking about this inflation reduction act, having a big impact on CO2 reductions, which it will in terms of relative to the United States,

    Snowy Hydro CEO Fired, Santos Greenwashing, Dominion Capacity Factor Controversy, Port of Albany Wind Assembly Site Stopped

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 59:10


    When companies lose money they often fire their CEOs, but is that what happened at Snowy Hydro? Rosemary says politics and pet projects probably had something to do with it. Dominion's CVOW project is the first (and only, so far) to be "paid for by customers of a monopoly who have no choice in their electric supplier." Those customers want assurances that Dominion isn't willing to give. Now Dominion is threatening to kill the project. Another project facing fierce public opposition and delays is The Port of Albany in New York. The EPA and other agencies are withholding permits trying to protect fish and wetlands. And the Australian Securities and Investments Commission is being forced to focus on energy technology as Santos is facing Greenwashing accusations. Is wind in for a rough quarter? Visit Pardalote Consulting at https://www.pardaloteconsulting.com Wind Power Lab - https://windpowerlab.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 130 Allen Hall: Hi Everyone. We have an amazing show for you this week.  Rosemary Barnes: We've got a couple of Australian stories. The CEO of Snowy Hydro has stepped down and we'll talk about a couple of the controversial projects that Snowy Hydro is involved with in the moment and how that might have led to that decision. And then also there is a legal case that's being pushed against Santas oil and gas company for green washing. Joel Saxum: After that we dive into the dominion win offshore project, again, as we've been talking with the last few weeks and some of what the Southern environmental law center is talking about with the capacity factor guarantees and the possibility that dominion may scrap that project  Allen Hall: and the port of Albany is behind schedule due to a number of environmental concerns. Allen Hall: I'm Allen Hall and I'm here with my good friends, Rosemary Barnes, and Joel Saxum. And this is the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast, Allen Hall: big controversy down in Australia at Snowy Hydro. And Snowy Hydro is a, a government owned energy utility, and it's a very odd name. Rosemary Snowy, Hydro. I guess it is what it is. It's a hydro storage project, right?  Rosemary Barnes: Yeah. So I mean, there's a bit of history. It's an important part of Australia's history actually. Rosemary Barnes: After world War II, they decided to build this hydroelectric scheme. It's, it's huge, you know, as a nation building project and they brought in a ton of immigrants from. Yeah, all sorts of countries, but a lot of European immigrants after the war. So it was kind of a kickstarted Australian multiculturalism. Rosemary Barnes: I mean, we'd already had waves of, of immigrants before that. So it wasn't the very beginning, but definitely lots of, lots of immigrants came and turned the Snowy River in the, the snow mountains. I know a lot of people are surprised to learn that we have snow in Australia, but we. We do and snow mountains, you know, the peaks are over 2000 meters, so that's high enough to get snowed pretty much anywhere. Rosemary Barnes: And yeah, they put in a bunch of dams, a bunch of pipes and a bunch of turbines and made a bunch of hydropower. So that's where the name comes from the snow river. Hydro Hydro-electric scheme. Yeah, snowing  Allen Hall: Hydro. The CEO was who his name was. Paul Broad was. Quotes. If that's the proper term in Australia, we would call it fired in America. Allen Hall: And he was closely tied with the previous government that was just voted out. And it seems to be a lot of controversy regarding him in particul...

    Huge Turbine Wakes, MIT Steers Turbines, Sandia’s Offshore Vertical Axis Turbine, Gummy Bear Blades

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 57:20


    As wind turbines have gotten bigger, turbulence has become a bigger problem. It's always affected production, so why are we just now talking about it now? If we can figure out how to make wake steering work across entire wind operations, will productivity gains be big enough to make owners take a chance on it? Warranties and insurance coverage usually discourage changes to yaw alignment... Rosemary and Joel explain why vertical-axis wind turbine designs make sense for offshore projects, but you'll have to watch on YouTube to see their inspired visual aids. And today's burning question is: would you eat a Gummy Bear made of recycled turbine blades? Visit Pardalote Consulting at https://www.pardaloteconsulting.com DTU Top Farm Link - https://topfarm.pages.windenergy.dtu.dk/TopFarm2/index.html Yaw Alignment from AC883 - https://www.ac883.com Jessica O'Connor of ArcVera Interview - https://youtu.be/0gXDHhU9YII?t=745 Agile Wind Power - https://www.agilewindpower.com/en Wind Power Lab - https://windpowerlab.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 129 Allen Hall: Welcome to the uptime, wind energy podcast. We have an excellent show ahead.  Rosemary Barnes: We've got a couple of stories involving wind turbine wakes and some research and modeling that's been done about yeah. How, how long wakes persist from Avera and also how the wind turbine wakes interact with each other. Rosemary Barnes: And some. Research on optimizing overall output of wind farms. That's come out of MIT and then we'll  Allen Hall: discuss some work from Sandia labs on offshore vertical axis wind turbine and the implications of that design and  Joel Saxum: last, but certainly not least. We'll talk about what Michigan State is doing when diving into some recyclable resins and creating edible gummy bears Joel Saxum: from wind turbine blades.  Allen Hall: it's gonna be a great show. Stay tuned. We'll be back after the music. Allen Hall: All right. Wake turbulence is becoming a more frequent topic in the wind energy community. And it, it seems kind of obvious that when wind turbines spin around, there's probably creating wakes, but I don't think we understood how big those wakes are or how big those wakes are going to be. Particularly when we get offshore and we start talking about 10, 12, 15 megawatt machines. Allen Hall: ArcVera has been looking at it and ArcVera has done some analysis on it and predictions actually more than predictions. They've actually set up a test case in Iowa. So ArcVera predictions are on offshore up to one meter per second, drop in wind speeds due to upstream. Tip fores, essentially that are moving downstream and, and, and disturbing the airflow for the subsequent wind turbines. Allen Hall: And that's on a, on a big 12 megawatt machine. And that's, you know, roughly a 10% drop in the wind speeds, which is significance. So you can see a 10% drop in, in output. And I know we talked about dominion energy on their offshore project, having a, a capacity factor around 42% and I, and Rosemary, and I both agreed that that seems a. Allen Hall: May aggressive because of things like this, the unknown unknowns, well, a fair is saying, Hey, these, these weight losses are, are, are gonna be significant and not, and not just immediately around the wind Turine, which is creating them, but like a hundred kilometers down wind, there's gonna be these significant wakes. Allen Hall: And I think that's new now, the, the piece that I haven't heard before and I is the testing they did in, in Iowa.

    Mitsubishi Captures CO2, GE Patent Problem, Ørsted Reduces Steel Emissions and Seeds Coral

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 54:53


    Engineers at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have created a solvent that has improved CO2 capture efficiency from 90% to nearly 100%. That changes the math for thermal fuel combustion and creates major implications for the energy transition. How and where will the solvent be used? And how soon will it really be ready to use? We have questions. Patent infringement may sound boring in comparison, but it causes plenty of trouble for everyone involved - and it looks like GE could be in trouble. Since a jury ruled that GE infringed on one of Siemens Gamesa's patents, Siemens is seeking permanent injunction against the use of Haliade-X turbines on offshore wind projects. What does that mean for Orsted's Ocean Wind in New Jersey? Will the US government step in? We'll find out. Meanwhile, off the Taiwanese coast, Orsted is seeding turbine tower foundations with baby coral. Orsted and scientists hope to create viable spawning populations by 2025. Visit Pardalote Consulting at https://www.pardaloteconsulting.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  EP128 Allen Hall: Welcome to the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. We have an excellent show ahead for you. Mitsubishi created a solvent that can remove almost a hundred percent of CO2 from large industry emissions and then GE and Siemens Ganesa have been in a court battle and it's coming to a close and GE is in trouble. Rosemary Barnes: And then we have a couple of projects from Orsted they're planning to reduce emissions from their steel supply. And also they have another interesting project with Newcastle university in Australia to seed coral on Taiwanese offshore, winter buyin found.  Allen Hall: Stay tuned. We'll be back after the music. Mitsubishi of all companies has created a solvent that takes CO2 out of the air. And they're calling the solvent Ks 21. It's a trademark actually Ks 21. And it's, it's, it's the summation of almost a decade's worth of work by researchers. And I think this is actually happening up in Norway. So they're testing this in Norway, but it improves carbon capture efficiency or carbon dioxide capture EF. From existing about 90% to practically a hundred percent which is remarkable. So the way this system works and there's a really cool YouTube video that explains it. They have the solvent and they have the emissions coming up. The flu is with the CO2, the solvent grabs the CO2 and it I'll use a chemical term precipitates. So it all falls to the bottom. And then they pull that solvent plus CO2. Out break the solvent and the CO2 apart using heat, it looks like, and then they, then, then they just capture the CO2 and store it and then eventually turn it into rock, bury it. So in a sense, they've created a system in which doesn't require added solvent. Once you have the solvent in place is totally recyclable and they can pull nearly 100% of CO2 from industrial sources. So, if you think about it a steel plant or places where you really have to use a lot of CO2 to make, to make things like steel, you could essentially bring the CO2 emissions almost down to zero. That's crazy. And they're saying that the, the it's holding the, looking at a couple places. Heavy transportation, steel and concrete as being the, the big drivers here. So if the system works, you could actually put it on trains or you could put it on in theory, like aircraft. That's crazy. Right. Is, is this something you ever heard of before? Because it's, it's completely new to me. Rosemary Barnes: I have a lot of questions more than answers. So I think the first thing to note is that you can alre...

    Wind Energy Grows Local Economies, DOE Wind Patent Impact, Dominion Provides Power Guarantees

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 34:41


    US residents in the Midwest benefit financially from onshore wind farms - so will coastal residents see additional income from offshore development? The insurance risks and Virginia's plan to protect taxpayers are just two of "many firsts" for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. Dominion Energy is being asked for performance guarantees. How will that play out?  How much money can you make with a wind energy patent? That depends on who funds it. In case you didn't read the whole Department of Energy analysis of Wind Energy Technology patents, we did - and the US might be looking for better payback on patent funding in the future. Speaking of innovation, The University of Plymouth and the ORE Catapult have established a research accelerator focused on offshore technology.  Visit Pardalote Consulting at https://www.pardaloteconsulting.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 127 Allen Hall: Everybody welcome to the uptime wind energy podcast. very packed show. First off, wind. Farms help increase the income and GDP of local communities, particularly in the Midwest. And it's not small, it's over 5%. That's a big increase. And the department of energy issued a report recently that looked at the number of patents that are derived from DOE funded  Allen Hall: efforts. Joel Saxum: So sticking with that, we're gonna go and visit our friends in the UK and see how the ORE catapult is working with the University of Plymouth to drive some innovation on that side of the. Then after that, staying in the water again, gonna jump down to Virginia and talk about how dominion energy's big project out there for 10 billion, has got some, some funny, fine print in the terms and conditions tune the. Allen Hall: So guys, a recent survey went out and study, went out that, looked at incomes and economies where wind turbines are installed in the United States. And obviously United States, most of the wind turbines are installed in the Midwest from Texas to Minnesota. And a lot of those locations are rural and the feeling was on the street that, it putting wind tur is near or on your property has lowered the overall value of the property because of the wind tur is being there. Allen Hall: But that turns out not to be true. In fact, as based on the survey and study, it said that us counties where wind energy was built, so increases in per capita income of 5%, which is a lot per capita and gross domestic product per capita go up by six and a half percent. So when they compared adjacent counties, they saw where the wind turbines were, had basically better income and more economic. the, the second part of this is that the ho housing prices were pretty stable. Didn't seem to make much difference, in terms of whether wind tur were there or not, didn't change home prices much. what they did see also was a shift in the workforce. So the workforce, which was primarily rural, Farmers, some part of them, those people started to be more mechanically inclined and technicians farmers are mechanically inclined anyway, typically, but there were more people working in the wind locally, so they could work the farm and also work at a wind Turman site. Allen Hall: That seems to be the, the shift. so that relates to offshore wind and the big push in the United States for offshore wind. where offshore wind is not gonna be paying local, the local people, anything really? because they're in federal waters, they don't have to pay landowner for anything they're paying the federal government. so are we just gonna see as much acceptance?

    Floating solar, Turbines help pump oil, Toyota’s portable hydrogen, and Power Curve’s Next Generation Vortex Generators

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 54:51


    Germany's RWE is building the world's largest floating offshore wind farm in the North Sea, which will be powered by floating solar. The pilot is intended to jumpstart commercialization, which should begin in 2023. Is this a good idea, and if so, where does it make sense? How fossil fuels will continue to be integrated into renewable energy is a sticky subject, and definitely worth discussing. Speaking of integrating technology, Toyota introduced a portable hydrogen cartridge that might make swapping batteries as easy as picking up a new propane tank. Meanwhile, even as Norway's Petroleum & Energy Ministry is researching energy transition opportunities for the country, it's questioning the profitability of Dogger Bank. And Power Curve CTO Nicholas Gaudern explains how Dragon Scales put a new spin on vortex generators. Visit Power Curve at http://powercurve.dk/ Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 126 Allen Hall: Everybody welcome back to Uptime. We have a great show for this week. We're gonna talk about floating solar and why Rosemary does not like floating solar and then we're gonna look at floating wind that is powering oil and gas rigs off the coast of Norway, which Rosemary again, doesn't like, but then we're gonna talk about something RO Rosemary really doesn't like, which is Toyota making hydrogen capsules. Allen Hall: You can take home and power your microwave with, and then we'll have a guest interview with Nicholas Gaudern CTO of Power Curve where we'll discuss the next generation of vortex generators so stay tuned. We'll be back after the music, Allen Hall: German energy firm, RWE is investing in a pilot project centered around the deployment of a floating solar technology up in the north sea. And they're calling it a floating solar park and it's gonna be installed off the waters off of the coast of Belgium. Allen Hall: It's gonna be a half a megawatt peak plant and the company that's developing this floating solar system, I guess the solar system does that sound right? that sounds odd. This company is named Solar Duck and it's a floating platform. So it's a it Rosemary, if you haven't seen this, it's a, it's a triangular set of solar panels on three legs that float above the, the, the surface of the ocean and they connect together. Allen Hall: Kinda like Legos in a, in a sense they kind of click together. So it's a floating, moving platform with a bunch of floats on it, and then they anchor it to the ocean floor on the corners. So you got this big triangular floating. Oh, I guess they can mix making into different shapes, I suppose. You got this big floating thing out in the ocean that is collecting solar energy so that the goal of solar duct is to use this demonstration to show that they can do this on, on a grander scale. Allen Hall: And I guess other companies are doing it. There's an energy firm. The Portuguese energy firm EDP is is opening a five megawatt floating solar park. So there's, there's more than one company doing this. Solar Duck is based in the Netherlands, at least that's what they show up on, on Google that may be based in other places, but that's what it shows for. Allen Hall: Shows them. Does, but Rosemary, does this make any sense as do we need floating solar?  Rosemary Barnes: I, I have actually just recently put floating solar on my list of things that I have to cover because it, I have never seen the point, but. There are enough projects like this enough serious money going into them that I feel like I have to engage more. Rosemary Barnes: It,

    Rangel Renewables, Inflation Reduction Act, 15MW GreenSpur Generators, and Mining the Ocean Floor

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 56:20


    Will the Machin-Schumer bill really change the energy landscape? Tax incentives definitely drive new installations. Speaking of changing the landscape, rare-earth metals do that, in a bad way. We discuss new technology, designs, materials and costs that are wound up in the "rare-Earth free generator."  Should we mine faults in the seabed floor for metals? The Metals Company says it would deliver a "Net Positive" environmental impact. Yes, the energy landscape is definitely changing. Don't miss this discussion and the interview with Josh Rangel of Rangel Renewables. The company has grown FAST, and now, repowering is driving even more growth.  Visit Rangel Renewables at https://www.rangelrenewables.com LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/rangelrenewables/ Twitter - @RangelRenewable Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 125 Allen Hall: Hey everybody. Welcome to the Uptime podcast. Really busy episode. We have a discussion on the Manchin-Schumer inflation reduction act and what that's likely to do for renewable energy. We talk about a company that's developing a 15 megawatt rare earth free offshore wind turbine generator. And, the implications for that in the future. Allen Hall: And then we deep dive in a sense with the Metals Company who is trying to pull metals from the ocean floor and why we need to go do that and what the complications and environmental impact of that going to be. At the end of this, we have an interview with Josh Rangel, president and CEO of Rangel Renewables based in Houston, Texas. Allen Hall: They're a big O&M wind turbine maintenance company. They're busy right now, going around the Midwest, replacing blades and, and fixing up wind turbines and doing repowering projects. So it's a great interview with Josh, stay tuned. It's gonna be an excellent episode. Allen Hall: So the Manchin-Schumer administration is putting together a bill that is supposedly going to pass through Congress. It's called the Inflation Reduction act. I think the first response from everybody in America is like, yeah. Right. Okay. So Rosemary, you don't even know about inflation in Australia, do you? Allen Hall: Because here in America, you know, we are like at 8%, 9% inflation rate, we're talking about a lot too. So the, the, are you, well, we could, we could send you some of our inflation if you'd like, we'd be  Rosemary Barnes: glad. Be pretty cool to not, not going higher. Rosemary Barnes: Thanks. Anyway. so the there, well,  Allen Hall: don't say Americans, aren't generous. so the, the, the, the, the deal is there there's a broad mix of, so pretty much anything you could think of is in this bill. It's the craziest thing. It's like 700 pages long. I was scanning through it over the weekend, thinking my god, who can put all this together, but let me give you a summary. Allen Hall: Of all the things are inside of it. Basically it's gonna have include tax rebates or production tax credits is what it sounds like for wind and solar. And then eventually bring in storage, battery storage as part of it green hydrogen. Is part of this mix where they're gonna give tax incentives to create green hydrogen that is not created by natural gas. Allen Hall: So, but there is, you're allowed to create some CO2 when you create this green hydrogen there's, there's a graduated scale there. I don't know whoever came up with that there are also going to open up some oil sites in the Gulf of Mexico for drilling that the administration had said they, they weren't gonna close but were closed.

    Big Risk – Lightning Insurance for Wind Turbines

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 55:50


    It may get a lot tougher to insure wind projects in the near future, and an increase in the number and severity of lightning strikes is one of the main reasons why. And Morton Handberg, Chief Blade Specialist at Wind Power Lab, says nearly 100% of blades have some “production deviations.” Who should bear the cost of those (and other) liability issues? And who will pay? Allen and Joel say that offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico might be a big deal for Texas and Louisiana.  Meanwhile, Hexicon is offering floating wind platforms built like Ikea packs, giving Allen, Joel and Rosemary a lot to talk about.   The lightning insurance article by Robert Bates, Head of Claims at NARDAC, is available here: https://nardac.com/how-lightning-damage-affects-insurance-markets/ Wind Power Lab can be reached at https://windpowerlab.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 124 Allen Hall: Everybody welcome back to Uptime. We have another great episode for you this week. First off, the companies involved with ensuring renewables think covering lightning damage is too risky and they may drop coverage. Rosemary, Joel, and I discuss the reasons behind this move. Then we, we review a new idea from Swedish based wind project developer, Hexicon who thinks the future is building floating wind platforms like Ikea builds furniture. Allen Hall: And then Joel and I have a chat with Morton Handberg of wind power lab about inspecting blades at the factory before the Airship to prevent costly repairs and delays at the job site. Stay tuned. We'll. Allen Hall: All right guys. So the insurance companies that ensure wind turbines for lightning damage are getting a little antsy about it and are starting to do two things that I've seen lately. One. Push operators to keep their wind turbine blades, lightning protection systems, actively working like verified everything's up in order. Allen Hall: And second is they're pushing back on the OEMs because they're paying out too much money in lightning claims. And there's an article recent article from Robert Bates. Who's the head of claims for NARDAC and NARDAC is a insurance broker. And they've looked at a number of lightning. Strike damages to renewable projects, which includes wind turbines. Allen Hall: And so they, they wrote this, this piece describing what the, what the real root of the problems are and what the industry is likely to do. And I think what the industry is likely to do is the interesting piece of this. So what Robert says is that. Lightning activities expect to increase increased by about 12% for every one degree, CEL of warming and they figure the United States could see a 50% increase in the number of lightning strikes. Allen Hall: I've seen differing opinions about that, but it's just take. Take that for what it is and, and Rosemary, as you well know, as blades get longer and longer, the, they eventually add carbon fiber fiber to them to stiffen them up. So as the turbines get taller, they're getting struck more often and they're becoming more of a target for bigger lightning strikes. Allen Hall: So one of the major claims. Insurance claims is lightning damage. So what does an insurance company do? Well, they're trying to figure out how to de-risk this. And since the projections are 50% more lightning strikes, that means 50% more damage. That means 50% more payouts. That's not a situation where insurance companies want to be. Allen Hall: Well. What they're basically saying. And what Robert is saying is, and I don't wanna summarize this for him. He can speak for himself clearly,

    Wind to Methanol – Greenwashing or Genius?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 48:17


    "Scaling wind energy ...and automating operations" are important, and those are two things Future Positive Capital wants to see happen after its $9M investment in Aerones. There's more to the explanation worth discussing, so Allen, Rosemary and Joel dive in. They also take a deep dive into the Wind-to-Methanol fray, where there's a lot of discord, and a lot of (grant and investment) money at stake. A flammable liquid that has traditionally been used to make other chemicals like formaldehyde and acetic acid, Methanol is becoming the green darling of the maritime industry. But is it a carbon-neutral fuel? The Uptime crew looks at the issue from several angles, does the math, and tries to work it out. Also, GE has three new names (and one unhappy union) - so what changes might we see? Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 123 Full Allen Hall: Hey, all welcome to the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. We have three items on the docket. Rosemary talked a lot, and so we had to just condense everything and, but it's very good. in fact, we got very, she was in a very combative mode today. I, I have to say so she was ready to go - all fired up. First topic is Aerones in Latvia getting 9 million in funding and we, we try look at that funding to what the future marketplace is, and we think there's huge upsides for them. Rosemary Barnes: And then I get on my high horse a little bit about waste to fuel. And to what extent that can be called green, or maybe, maybe it's more towards greenwashing. Joel Saxum: So GE renamed themselves, GE Vernova on the energy side, so renewables in their rest of their energy portfolio. Joel Saxum: And we're. Put on our marketing hats. And talk about that for a little while. Allen Hall: Stay tuned. It's a good episode, everybody we'll be back right after the music. Allen Hall: Well funding news this week, guys, Aerones up in, Latvia received $9 million in investment funding. And I, I bring this up because usually these investment pieces don't make a lot of news, but the company that one of the companies that invested in, Aerones decided to write up a really detailed loan articles, why they invested in a company in Latvia. Allen Hall: And it was, it was a little bit different perspective on the wind energy community in terms of potential now, potential growth, why they think there's gonna be significant changes over the next couple of years. And. Why other companies are not getting invested. I mean, invested into, in terms of wind companies, you don't see a lot of investment in wind companies. Allen Hall: The, the earlier one, this year was Skyspecs, which is 80 million, Aerones is nine. But after that it gets pretty quiet. So the, the funding company was future positive capital. They led the round with a couple of companies. You'll probably recognize Change Ventures, Skype founder, Jaan Talllinn Vinted co-founder Mantas Mikuckas, Printify CEO James Berdigans, and then Pace Ventures and EcoSummit and Capitalia. Allen Hall: So there's names that I recognize in that list. So they all invested in our own as a potential growth company. And the reason they did was interesting, it said in late two thousands the north America wind fleet was already average seven years old, and it was expected to be 11 years old by 2025. So they're seeing this aging wind turbine market. Allen Hall: And Europe has pretty much the same difficulty where more than a quarter of the wind tubines are gonna be more than 15 years old as of 2020. So they have older wind tubines out in service and they need to keep them running an...

    Transmission Line Congestion Stops Wind Power

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 48:17


    In Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind crews discovered an unexploded WWII-era ordinance on the ocean floor. (History buffs rejoice: more finds are sure to follow.) MISO (Mid-continent Independent System Operator) plans to establish $10B worth of much-needed new transmission lines in the middle of North America. And with the Nord Stream 1 pipeline currently shut down for maintenance, Germany is on edge about its reopening. At the same time, the country is cutting Enercon a check for $500M EU. And why is GE walking away from Teesworks, where it planned to manufacture 107m blades? Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 122 [00:00:00] Allen Hall: Welcome to the Uptime Podcast. We have a packed show this week, top of the list. Vineyard Wind finds a bomb on the ocean floor. [00:00:08] Rosemary Barnes: And GE have shelved plans that they had to make a new factory to supply the Dogger Bank wind farm in the UK while Enercon in Germany have received 500 million euros in state liquidity assistance. [00:00:22] Joel Saxum: After that, we'll speak about some wind energy shutdowns here in the Midwest, over in Minnesota, and then how they tie together with the mid continent independent system operator, otherwise known as meso to expand the power lines and to try to alleviate that bottleneck.  [00:00:37] Allen Hall: It's gonna be a busy week. So stay tuned back after the music. [00:01:01] Allen Hall: All right. So the first story for the week Vineyard Wind, which is off the coast of Martha's vineyard. In Massachusetts they're evidently exploring the bottom of the sea floor, looking for places to put wind turbines. And they happened to stumble across an unexplode ordinance. It says here that the horn Hornbeck offshore services support vessel mystique, and covered a potential unexposed ordinance at about 130 feet of water. [00:01:31] Allen Hall: Why this is important is evidently back in world war II, that whole area was uses training ground. So there's all kinds of ordinances down, down off the coast of Martha's vineyard. In fact, I started digging around a little bit and I guess some of that ordinance just washes up on shore once in a while. [00:01:48] Allen Hall: So you could just be walking your dog on the beach and there there's a, an unexplode piece of organ on the beach, right? Yeah. So it sounds like it's a pretty significant issue. So this is the first warning I've seen. And Vineyard Wind actually puts out these alerts, like, Hey everybody, there's a you know, black hole or an exploit ordinance or some sort of great white shark or something out, you know, in the water. [00:02:12] Allen Hall: I don't know why the coast of Massachusetts is so treacherous, but it is right now. It's crazy. The some, we have some of the biggest great white sharks. I mean, we would, we. Hold our own up to Australia, for sure. These things are massive and they they've been attacking people lately. It, it is like a real life jaws out here right now. [00:02:30] Allen Hall: You can honestly say that but now you got jaws and you have this unex exploited ordinance. It's like this Godzilla movie thing that's happening. I dunno if you saw the last Godzilla, but that's how they woke up Godzilla was that they set off a nuclear weapon. Shark. Yeah. So sharks, shark, NATO, shark, NATO. [00:02:46] Allen Hall: Exactly. We can have a shark NATO. In, in her own backyard. So I, I guys, I'm, I'm expecting to see more of this. And especially if we start going up and down the coastline around long island, New York city, New Jersey,

    Nuclear and Gas declared green by EU for 2023?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 53:02


    Nordex has closed its Rostock plant in Germany and is moving all blade manufacturing to India. Vestas' sales are down – way down - and Allen thinks flagging US onshore development is part of the reason. Meanwhile, offshore construction may soon get a new assist: the Bleutec BMIS (Binary Marine Installation Solution) is a Jones Act-compliant concept ship expected to manage both foundation installation and turbine installation. And France's new PM is looking for a compromise between nuclear, natural gas, and palatable energy prices - is nationalizing EDF the way to go? Methanol may be the shipping industry's new green fuel choice, and work to convert old ships to new and dual-fuel systems is underway. The EU is ready to declare that gas and nuclear are green, and Rosemary doesn't completely disagree. Find out why. And, in case you don't know what a Dunkelflaute is, you can find out here. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 121 Allen Hall: All right. Welcome to the uptime winner energy podcast, big week this week, a lot of news on the show.  Joel Saxum: So we're gonna talk about Vestas wind turbine orders dropping in Q2 as compared to last year. And why some of the reasons that may be also gonna visit France to nationalize EDF completely this  Allen Hall: time and Nordex closes its. Allen Hall: Blade plant in Germany and moves everything to India. Rosemary Barnes: And then we talk about the EU controversial decision to declare gas and nuclear investments as  Joel Saxum: green. So in in efforts as well for the us to hit 30 gigawatts of offshore wind, we're gonna talk about some new concepts in Jones, act compliant vessels that are gonna be. Joel Saxum: Hopefully built here in the us soon. And then also staying on that same trend of vessels methanol, starting to win the hydrogen shipping race to lower emissions globally for our shipping.  Allen Hall: So hold on it's a packed show. We'll be back after the music. Allen Hall: All right guys, Vestas orders and Nordex orders. Some really interesting developments there, Vestas publishes every quarter, their sales numbers, because they're publicly traded company. And so does Nordex, but Vestas actually describes every single order that they have. It's really interesting on the. Allen Hall: So in, in Q2 of 2022, this, this last quarter, they had roughly 1700 megawats sold and that's down quite a bit from where Vestas has been in Q1. They had 2,900 megawats sold and looking back one year ago, Vestas had orders of almost 5,300 megawatts. So year on year. Qu like quarter to quarter Q2, 2021 to Q2 2022, their sales are down about 66%. Allen Hall: That's a big drop for such a large company. And it, it seems very odd cause I know the, the vest is sales group is extremely aggressive. And if you watch the news enough, you you'll notice that they're, they are everywhere. all across the planet. And one of the key pieces, and I wonder if this is what's driving it is that only 20% of the orders. Allen Hall: we're in the us, about 350 megawats was in the us. And we have seen the onshore win purchases and, and agreements in the us are just, are gonna plummet. The predictions in 2023 are totally minuscule compared to where we were. And nor Nordex has a, a sort of a similar situation, even though Nordex sales Rose A. Allen Hall: Little bit, they, they sold 1800 megawatts in Q2. This year versus 1.5 last year the distribution of sales is, is fascinating. Nordex tends to sell mostly in Europe, about 60% to Europe, about 30% in Latin America. That's 90% total.

    Are 250m Super Tall Wind Turbines the Future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 38:11


    The SG 14-222DD is headed to Scotland for its first deployment, first power in 2024.  A German engineer envisions 250 meter-tall turbine lattice wind towers; is lattice worth revisiting? Some SPRIN-D designers think so. Meanwhile, Japan has installed its first offshore wind turbines. The country plans to deploy 10 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and up to 45 GW by 2040, including floating wind. While critics say it's not enough, Japan is moving forward - including with a new "clarity" for offshore bidding, and a little friendly competition. Back in the US, the lower 48 states were recently ranked by wind energy potential. Spoiler alert: Joel does the math and says Texas has some serious export potential. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 120 Allen Hall: [00:00:00] Welcome to the uptime wind energy podcast. We got a great show for you this week. Just a couple of highlights. Siemens Gamesa is debuting their SG 14 - 222 DD offshore wind turbine. Mechanical engineer in Germany is talking about building 250 meter tall wind energy towers. Interesting. And we'll look at some of the, the latest gyrations in the United States in terms of untapped, wind energy and the Biden administration hooking up with 11 east coast states to push offshore wind supply chains and ships. So there's a lot on our dock this week. It's gonna be a great show. Stay tuned. So guys, Siemens Gamesa SG 14 dash 222 DD wind turbines are getting some orders and that's good. Right? Siemens Gamesa needed some orders here on those offshore projects. So they had a firm order for 60 turbines off the coast of Scotland, and they are the B 108 blades. So I was thinking the B108 blades is not even the latest generation of blades off from Siemens Gamesa. The latest generation is the B-115, this so it's even longer. But the, the first deployment is gonna be in 2024. And I know they were already generating their from their prototype. Back in 2021, they were generating electricity in 2021 with that same tournament. So it is taking like three years, two and a half years between prototype to actual first installs Rosemary. Does that seem right? Is there, is there a two to three year time lag between prototype and first installations? Or is this a sales / COVID issue?  Rosemary Barnes: Yeah, it's not normal. Maybe if you know, it was. I don't know some massive, massive design [00:02:00] change then that might happen. But that would mean like maybe they've gone from a, a three blade rotor to a two blade rotor or , you know, an upwind to a downwind or, you know, something major you would take years, but normally it's six months to one year. Yeah. So, oh, it's a, it's a bit surprising. Yeah.  Allen Hall: Okay. So, so. How long does the prototype sit in development, then how long do they sit it on its on the test site and spin it before they say thumbs up and off, we go to production.  Rosemary Barnes: So hold on. Is it a whole new turbine or it's a  Allen Hall: it, it is roughly, yeah. It's 14 Megawatts so sure.  Rosemary Barnes: Ah, okay. Yeah. Well, in that, in that case then forget what I said. I thought we were just talking about a different blade on a, on an existing platform in that case. Yeah. Then they're gonna want a season of, of validation data. So. Yeah, but it still seems like two, two years after installing a, a prototype to start production seems lengthy.[00:03:00] There must be something agreed. Yeah. So like some new design. feature that they need to, you know, properly test out before they really get started with the, you know,

    New Hurricane Ready Two-Bladed Wind Turbines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 49:42


    Rosemary interviews two wind experts, and you're guaranteed to learn from both of them: Jessica O'Connor from ArcVera Renewables describes how wakes from large rotors cause a significant energy loss. Stability is the key - and the amount of loss is stunning. Then Brian Hill from Bachmann Electronics discusses turbine automation, focusing on North American installations, including cybersecurity for and repowering of older turbines. But wait, there's more: like GM Ventures (yes, that GM) pouring $10M, and some project management expertise, into wind catching technologies. Plus, palm-tree inspired wind turbine designs (with the blades in the back?!) may withstand hurricanes. Some of the design elements are already proven, but how powerful can flexible blades be? Visit ArcVera here - https://arcvera.com Visit Bachmann here - https://www.bachmann.info/en Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Uptime 119 Jessica O'Connor: What we're seeing is something that is. Really shown in any other wake models that are, you're trying to capture those external wakes is that these external wakes are lasting for over a hundred kilometers. Yeah, that's insane. It's waking the entire array. Just the Southern array is waking the entire. Jessica O'Connor: Collection of array. Allen Hall: Welcome to the uptime wind energy podcast, Rosemary what's first on our list this week, Rosemary Barnes: we're gonna be talking about some wind turbines being designed in Colorado with the university and collaboration with NREL and they have Palm tree inspired, wind turbines to survive. Hurricane forces. And we've got a couple of fun interviews that I recorded while I was at Texas clean power conference a little while ago with Jessica O'Connor of Avera about awake model that they've developed for offshore wind and Brian Hill of Buckman about some of their control system retrofits that they can do. Allen Hall: And then we talk about GM. Yes, the GM and the United States makes all the automobiles is investing in multi turbine technology. Interesting development. We're also  Joel Saxum: gonna talk about a consortium of energy producers in the United States that are putting together $6 billion to invest into someone to make them solar panels here. Joel Saxum: All right, Rosemary.  Allen Hall: Palm tree, wind turbines. I know this is gonna go right to your design engineering instincts. So the university of Colorado, sorry, Colorado university Boulder, which is a  Joel Saxum: beautiful place. Gotta get it right. Get it right. It's a very beautiful place.  Allen Hall: It has a great, it's a great campus by the way. Allen Hall: They're they're doing some research there with, in the United States where they're looking at basically backward wind turbines. what I mean backward wind turbines is the blades are in the back and the cells in the front. And instead of having three blades they've are using two blades. And the, the rationale behind this is that in theory makes them more hurricane resistant, tolerant to big wind gusts. Allen Hall: Now, I, I don't understand that part of it, but it's and Rosemary, this is where you can help us a little bit. Mm-hmm so the blades are supposedly are lighter. They need to be, they can be more flexible because there's less chance they're gonna run into the tower. Yes in the reverse situation. Okay. But that's the claim to fame is with the tube bladed system with. Allen Hall: Pointing backwards. So when turning pointing backwards that they could handle much higher wind speeds and then it would make them possib...

    Improved Blade Analytics with Megan Rotondo of ONYX Insight

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 58:49


    Megan Rotondo ONYX Insight

    EP116 – No Loose Bolts with Will Friedl of Prometheus Wind

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 62:01


    Our interview with Prometheus Wind Founder and CEO Will Friedl touches on the somewhat inspirational nature of the industry (really) and explains the literal nuts and bolts of keeping turbines in good working order. Understanding the difference between torque and tensioning is just the beginning.  Also in this episode, Allen describes some of the chemical and mechanical engineering innovations Siemens Gamesa has employed to make recyclable blades, which are expected to be installed this summer. Rosemary expands on what Australian election results may mean for wind (and other green energy efforts), and Joel has some serious questions about the ESG rating system.  Visit Prometheus Wind here - https://www.prometheuswind.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Will Friedl: [00:00:00] So my background is in the Air Force. I started, uh, once I graduated the Air Force Academy in 2012, I started out as a combat rescue officer. And, um, my job was obviously working in personnel recovery and working with small teams, kind of geographically separated and doing some really fun things. Um, were jumping out of planes, riding in helicopters, um, doing all the things that, you know, you associate with, uh, you know, military special operations. And it's a really good group of guys to be a part of Allen Hall: Welcome to the uptime podcast. I am your co-host Allen hall here with Rosemary Barnes and Joel Saxum. And we have a really packed show today. We are talking about the Siemens Gamesa recycled wool blade. That's going to be put out in the [00:01:00] ocean off the coast of Germany coming up this summer. Uh, the Biden Harris administration is proposing offshore leases off shore or California. And then we have a really interesting guest will Friedel CEO of Promethease wind will be here, and he's going to be talking about tensioning and torquing, a Boltzmann like tower bolts that are super  Rosemary Barnes: important. And then after the interview, we're going to talk a bit about the, uh, Australian election that we recently had a change of government. And I explained a little bit about some of the unique features of the Australian electoral system. So how led to that. And then we talk about ESG ratings and how it can be that a green sort of company like Tesla can get kicked out of the S and P 500, whereas fossil fuel company like Exxon mobile can, um, ExxonMobil can remain within it. Allen Hall: Can I see him as can Mesa is since we're producing the [00:02:00] first recyclable blade and actually going to deploy it off shore now, uh, there are factory in whole, in the UK, which is a big factor for Siemens Gamesa in terms of blades is the one producing it. And they're, they're, they're using that, uh, recycled blades technology, uh, and when the blade is finished, it's going out to RWS installation in cus cockies cut costs, cuts, cuts, see? Oh, sure. Wind farm Ks, K a S I C I don't know. Oh, yeah, it's missing a consonant somewhere in there. So it's in the German, German, north sea. It's going out there this summer, Rosemary. So like, like, like it's soon, right? Uh, the resin system is created by here's another name I'm going to murder Adida, Burleigh, advanced materials so that they created this resonance system a while ago. Evidently. And if you go onto the website, like I did, you can actually see some pretty cool, uh, description of what it is, but it does. It's what Rosemary has talked [00:03:00] about and explained to us before Joel, which is you can get a thermoset and it sort of interlinks together.

    EP115 – Michel Goulet of Petzl, US Spends $B on Carbon Capture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 54:52


    Is anything more important than safety? We hope the answer is as obvious as the question is rhetorical. This week's guest, Michele Goulet of Petzl, offers insight into fall protection, access and rescue equipment, and tips for managing in emergency situations, plus how to evaluate helmet features to best protect yourself and your workers. Also in this episode, Joel Saxum (of Wind Power LAB) joins Allen and Rosemary to discuss carbon capture. What are the best locations for those projects? How big a role will it play in the future? When will the technology catch up with the problem? Visit Petzl here - https://www.petzl.com/US/en Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Michel Goulet: [00:00:00] So Petzel is really in the, uh, in the business of providing fall protection, access equipment and rescue equipment, uh, for, for many industries, including, uh, the wind energy, uh, sector. Welcome  Allen Hall: to the uptime wind energy podcast. I am your co-host Allen hall and here from Canada. The queen of COVID Dr. Rosemary Barnes. Welcome Rosemary. Thanks. And  Rosemary Barnes: yeah. Thanks you think right. It's not my favorite introduction, but accurate on this particular  Allen Hall: day. we're always truthful on this show. Very truthful and from the largest wind energy state in America, Texas Joel Saxum of Wind Power LAB. Welcome [00:01:00] Joel.  Joel Saxum: Thank you, sir. That's true.  Allen Hall: We have a very busy, busy week. Uh, we're all still recovering from ACP, San Antonio. Uh there was an outbreak of COVID evidently and everybody's still recovering, but, but we're back and better than ever. So let's get, uh, Rosemary's thoughts on this carbon removal technology that the us government is throwing three and a half billion dollars at, and then we have a guest interview. We haven't had those in a. So we're gonna have Michel Goulet from Petzl, one of Rosemary's favorite helmet makers. And Michel's gonna talk about all the different safety, uh, products that they have and what you need to do with your safety gear to check it out, make sure it's working properly and how to dispose of it. This is a lot of good, good information there from Michel. And then after, uh, the interview with Michel, we have we'll talk about the DOE 2022 collegiate wind farm collegiate wind competition. We all saw down in San Antonio, which is [00:02:00] really, really cool. So how Rosemary kind of describes some of that carbon removal technologies. So Rosemary, this is in your sweet spot of, uh, us federal government is, is gonna pour 3.5 billion into carbon capture. So a carving capture. So the department of energy said, uh, it's gonna support four. Large scale, regional direct air capture hubs. And so where those are, we should find out. Cause it doesn't really talk to that, uh, that they hope to remove 1 million tons of carbon dioxide annually at each of these four hubs. So part of the two, two companies get named quite often are carbon engineering and, and climb works. And I think we've talked about climb works. What building, uh, direct air capture facilities. And Rosemary, you and I have talked about what those facilities do and what they, what they try to do. If they're trying to remove 1 million, tons of CO2 [00:03:00] annually, the us produces about 5,000 million metric, tons of CO2. So it's like four out of 5,000. There's a big gap there. What, what are they gonna learn with these 1 million to. CO2 removal systems.  Rosemary Barnes: Yeah, I, I mean, so I think I probably would've said this the last time that we...

    EP114 – Live From American Clean Power 2022 with Ping, Wind Systems Magazine, and Power Curve!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 46:29


    Rosemary Barnes and Allen Hall had a great time at American Clean Power 2022 in San Antonio, TX! They sat down down with Matthew Stead, CEO of Ping, to introduce the latest Ping monitor updates for icing, damage detection and lightning! Kenneth Carter, Editor of Wind Systems Magazine, gave the podcast duo the latest news and insights from the exhibition floor. Nicholas Gaudern , CTO of Power Curve ApS, announces their collaboration with SkySpecs which allows operators to leverage drone images to determine AEP losses - this is a game changer! Don't miss these interviews... Check out the latest from Ping at https://pingmonitor.co Wind Systems Magazine is available here - https://www.windsystemsmag.com Power Curve ApS is here - https://powercurve.dk Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP113 – Uptime at American Clean Power 2022!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 54:25


    Rosemary Barnes and Allen Hall are joined by Wind Power Lab's Joel Saxum to discuss the latest news from American Wind Power 2022! Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP112 – Autonomous Robots for Offshore Wind?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022


    How to explain sharp increases in power purchase agreement (PPA) prices? According to a Q1 report, PPA prices are up 28.5% over last year - and the trend is expected to continue. It's more complicated than 'just' supply and demand. Allen and Rosemary discuss the global market, regulatory forces, and how governments might respond. Meanwhile, Amazon has announced 37 new renewable energy projects in 8 countries, NREL and GE want to stabilize the power grid with wind turbines, freeze-thaw batteries are taking us a step closer to seasonal storage, and ice-detection has a distinct ring to it. Also, a robot has proven it can perform a bolt check, autonomously, from inside a turbine - which could be huge for offshore operations.  Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP111 – Is Carbon Capture Needed?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 54:47


    The Orca Plant, opened in Iceland last fall, is an ideal place to test Carbon Capture technology thanks to the volcanic rock (for underground storage) and an almost-entirely renewable energy supply (to power the plant). Allen and Rosemary discuss carbon costs, emissions trading, tax structures, regulations, and a few other challenges on the road ahead. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP110 – Fish Thrive in Offshore Wind Farms

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 50:16


    Fish do it, can birds do it? Live healthy lives among wind turbines, that is. More than five years of research on fish that live around the Block Island Offshore Wind farm, on the Atlantic coast, shows that – surprise?- the fish are having a great time eating mussels. Migratory birds may not be thriving around wind farms, but they're getting safer. Also, Allen and Rosemary discuss hydrogen. It does not appear to be ready for prime time, even as Siemens Energy begins mass producing electrolyzers in 2023. Now, what about thermal batteries? Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP109 – Equinor Invests in Offshore Wind and Community

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 61:56


    This week, Harriet Green, Operations Manager for offshore sites Empire and Beacon Wind, brings more than a decade of experience from UK wind projects to two in development off the NY coast. Green explains how her background in mechanical engineering informs contract management, supplier selection, and other back office responsibilities. In other news, an investigation is underway to determine what caused all three blades (and the nacelle) of an Orsted turbine to land in the ocean by Denmark's Anholt Offshore Wind Farm. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP108 – $150 BILLION FOR NEW JERSEY WIND

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 52:58


    This week, blade expert Dr. Rosemary Barnes, Dan Blewett, and Allen Hall discuss a conflict between the EU and the UK, New Jersey to reap $150 Billion in private investment, and Nordex deals with a cyber attack. Plus, is Facebook a source of wind energy misinformation, and a wind turbine noise issue winds its way through the Australian courts. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP107 – Tornadoes Damage Turbines in Texas; Plus, Will LinkedIn Changes Hurt Wind Community?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 50:20


    This week, we discussed the tornado damaged turbines in Texas, the impact LinkedIn changes may be having on the industry, and what NREL says US manufacturers need to make, now, in order to meet 2030 energy targets.   Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP106 – U.S. Tech Buys Massive Purchase Power Agreements; Plus, GE Turbine Falls in Lithuania

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 47:43


    We discuss how Amazon, Google, Meta and other U.S. Tech companies continue to purchase Gigawatts of power in purchase agreements. Plus, Allen and Rosemary discuss a fallen GE turbine in Lithuania and LM Windpower produces a 62m thermoplastic blade in Spain. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP105 – Predictions: Jobs and Inflation? Plus, eMethanol Production

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 55:57


    We discuss how the Ukraine war will affect the jobs market and whether or not inflation continues to soar. Plus, Allen and Rosemary discuss the monumental challenges posed by the Sun Cable project's enormous subsea transmission cables, a new wind turbine design and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP104 – The War on Ukraine and Energy Stability

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 54:47


    With Vestas freezing new activity in Russia, we discuss how the Russia-Ukraine war will impact energy stability and security. Will the renewable revolution come even faster? Will countries move to complete energy independence? How much independence is too much, causing even further risk? Plus, we talk through a storm destroying onshore turbines, new U.S. Jones Act ships and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP103 – Can Off-shore wind farms charge electric ships?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 51:46


    This week, we discussed a Maersk vision, called Stillstrom, for off-shore wind farms doubling as charging hubs for electric ships. Can it work? Plus, we dive into the record-breaking New York Bight auction, satellites causing turbine outages, two-bladed wind turbines and industry-wide layoffs from OEMs. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP102 – Germany’s Wind Energy Future – with Julia Wolf

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 57:29


    This week, we sat down with Julia Wolf, a Senior Project manager for wind acquisition and a community outreach specialist for a Juwi Group, a wind project developer in Germany. Julia also has her own podcast (in German), called Windkanal, which helps to demystify wind power for those who may find it springing up in their backyards. We discussed project development and the many steps involved, policies and regulations in Germany, and their outlook for green energy ahead. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP 101 – Tom Warner, Lightning Researcher, Breaks it All Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 58:41


    Tom Warner, lightning researcher, talked through the old vs new way of understanding lightning, multiple attachments to spinning wind turbines turbines, upward vs downward lightning, how tall objects actually cause more lightning strikes, and more. Follow up with Tom on his website or watch slow-motion videos on his YouTube channel. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Transcript - Tom Warner, Lightning Researcher 00:00:01:00 - 00:00:09:19UnknownI picture you and like your copilot, like in that scene in Caddyshack, just you're getting pelted by three inch hail, you're like, Well, I don't think the heavy stuff is going to come down for quite some time now. 00:00:09:23 - 00:00:28:11UnknownYeah, it was. It was pretty. It was pretty loud. In fact, they put a microphone right on the on the front of the canopy. We recorded two channels of audio, the pilot's comments and then this other hail Mike, and that scientists could actually kind of gauge the size of the hail just from the loud loudness from that 00:00:28:11 - 00:01:01:06Unknownmicrophone. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett. I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes. And this is the Up Time podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. All right. Welcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy podcast. 00:01:01:15 - 00:01:20:08UnknownI'm your co-host Dan Blewett. On today's episode. We've got a great guest here today, a lightning expert. Tom Warner. So Tom has a really interesting background, which we'll get into. He was also a pilot in the Air Force and flew this legendary aircraft that will get into a little bit called the T28 storm penetrating aircraft. 00:01:20:13 - 00:01:37:18UnknownAnd what this really means is that it was someone taking aircraft up into storms with the intention of seeing how they did getting struck by lightning, getting hit by a six inch hail. All this crazy stuff in the name of learning more about storms and lightning and how they all interact with planes. 00:01:38:02 - 00:01:51:04UnknownAnd also, he's done a lot of research and photography, high speed video on wind turbine. So a lot of stuff that you'll see in high speed video. You can see how lightning propagates the leaders. Lots of stuff that has never been seen before. 00:01:51:12 - 00:02:10:00UnknownSo, Allan, give me a little more context into Tom because to say like, you're a lightning expert, but Tom is like the lightning expert for lightning experts. Yeah, he's a resource for a lot of people because he's published so much and he's been involved in lightning reaching up from towers, and it's a whole series of papers and 00:02:10:00 - 00:02:28:19Unknownresearch. If you go to his website, you can download some of them or find out where you can get them that it was research oriented on wind turbines and also tall towers that were propagating leaders up into the sky and creating these thunderstorm lightning events. 00:02:29:04 - 00:02:50:04UnknownAnd also, I think it's one of the early places that I saw where a lightning strike far down field can trigger reactions in the cloud and create the situation where these were tall towers. White light wind turbines can start reaching out to the sky simultaneously, and we've seen a lot more images like that in the last couple 00:02:50:04 - 00:03:11:14Unknownof years. Some of them from Tom, some from other researchers in the U.S. and Spain and around the world. But that knowledge of where things are happening in the cloud and it has an impact on the way lightning approaches, wind turbines and tall towers,

    EP100 – New CEO at Siemens Gamesa, Plus Carbon Capture Offshore?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 44:10


    Siemens Gamesa has a new CEO in yet another change at the top of their leadership suite - what's next for them? Can they turn things around? Plus, we discuss offshore wind in Louisiana and the hurricane implications therein, the need for more jackup vessels, a ship colliding with a piling, carbon capture on offshore turbines and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP99 – New Bird Deterrents Plus Turbines Generating Hydrogen?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 49:12


    Siemens Gamesa is proposing new offshore turbines that will generate green hydrogen and pump it back via pipes to the shore. Is this a realistic, feasible solution? We also discuss bond measures for wind turbine end-of-life, bird deterrent systems from Intelliflight and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP98 – Short-Selling Wind Stocks? Plus, Wind Farm Wake Research

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 49:28


    We discuss why many Hedge Funds are shorting renewable energy stocks - is a continued downturn expected? Plus, new research on wind turbine wakes that could save millions of dollars, bird detection and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP97 – Dr. Hui Hu, Expert on Wind Turbine Icing Physics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 65:41


    Dr. Hui Hu, a leading researcher on aerospace and wind turbine icing physics and aerodynamics, joined us to talk about the research his lab is churning out, and the implications it may have for the wind industry. Plus, we discuss the latest TransAlta foundation news - all 50 turbine foundations will need to be replaced in Kent Hills, spelling a huge financial disaster for that project. We also get into a debate on ExxonMobil's net-zero emissions goals and whether offshore turbine foundations should be left underwater...forever. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Show Transcript - with Dr. Hui Hu on Wind Turbine Icing 00:00:00:02 - 00:00:03:02Scientist is not just, you know, 00:00:03:15 - 00:00:06:00after that dinner, just nothing to do. 00:00:06:05 - 00:00:08:10We are looking into something else now. 00:00:08:20 - 00:00:10:19And not only the banana. 00:00:10:19 - 00:00:13:21Also look at the other creaturesthat live in 00:00:14:07 - 00:00:17:00and try to get inspiration for all this 00:00:17:00 - 00:00:20:09interesting observations. 00:00:25:11 - 00:00:26:13Welcome back. 00:00:26:13 - 00:00:28:00I'm Dan Blewett. 00:00:28:00 - 00:00:32:18I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes,and this is the Uptime podcast 00:00:32:23 - 00:00:36:03bringing you the latest in wind energy,tech news 00:00:36:03 - 00:00:37:18and policy. 00:00:47:21 - 00:00:50:18Welcome back to the UptimeWind Energy podcast. 00:00:50:18 - 00:00:53:01On today's show,we've got a great friend of up time. 00:00:53:05 - 00:00:53:18Our guest 00:00:53:18 - 00:00:58:07today is Dr Hui Hu and he is an aerospaceand mechanical engineer by trade, 00:00:58:07 - 00:01:02:13and he's the director of the Advanced FlowDiagnostics and Experimental 00:01:02:13 - 00:01:07:00Aerodynamics Laboratory and AircraftIcing Physics and A.I. 00:01:07:09 - 00:01:10:21Deicing TechnologyLab at Iowa State University. 00:01:10:21 - 00:01:14:09So he's going to join us todayto talk about his extensive research 00:01:14:17 - 00:01:18:04and icingand deicing different types of ice, 00:01:18:12 - 00:01:21:10some of the inspiration from naturethey've gotten 00:01:21:10 - 00:01:23:10in some of these new coatingsthat are being developed. 00:01:23:20 - 00:01:25:16And it's a really fascinatingconversation. 00:01:25:16 - 00:01:30:02Dr Hu who is going to be with usin just a few moments. 00:01:30:11 - 00:01:32:22And before that,we'll talk about ExxonMobil. 00:01:32:22 - 00:01:36:07They've announced net zero emissions plansby 2050. 00:01:36:08 - 00:01:38:15We'll talk aboutif that's really a relevant goal. 00:01:38:15 - 00:01:40:14They've taken a lot of flak for that. 00:01:40:14 - 00:01:44:04We'll talk about 3D printed magnetsand some of the implications therein. 00:01:44:13 - 00:01:47:13We'll talk about cracksin a wind turbine foundation 00:01:47:13 - 00:01:48:21that they found in a recent forum. 00:01:48:21 - 00:01:50:20We discussed this on a previous episode, 00:01:50:20 - 00:01:51:13but it looks like now 00:01:51:13 - 00:01:54:22they're going to replaceall 50 foundations from that wind farm. 00:01:54:22 - 00:01:58:08And after the interview,we'll talk about Japan's spending $43 00:01:58:08 - 00:02:02:15million on studiesregarding undersea cables, some new uses 00:02:02:15 - 00:02:06:21from Britain on undersea cablesand whether turbine reefs 00:02:07:11 - 00:02:10:00might be a really huge, beneficial effect. 00:02:10:18 - 00:02:14:00Really, the likes of which we haven't seenbefore as far as underwater

    EP96 – Energy Attorney Kevin Ewing Shares an Insider’s View of Offshore Wind Projects

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 73:54


    With the U.S. making a huge push into offshore wind, how do these projects go from conception to contruction to production? Attorney Kevin Ewing from the law firm Bracewell LLP joined us to talk about how it all works - the legal and regulatory challenges, offshore lease auction process, litigation, environmental studies, public commentary and much more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP95 – Are Offshore VAWTs Going to Be a Reality in 2022?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 55:21


    Timestamps from the show are below, with a full description beyond it. 1:55 GE Blade Breakage9:35 Offshore VAWTs19:03 Ocean Floor Battery?24:49 Microplastics from Wind Turbines?31:41 Blades Made into Outdoor Seating36:25 Dismantling Wind Farms46:02 New Vineyard Wind Lawsuit The US Department of Energy funded the University of Texas at Dallas via their ARPA-E branch, to get floating offshore vertical axis wind turbines up and running. They're due out in 2022, so we may see the first of these massive structures in operation, and whether or not the hype has been worth it. Plus, we discuss microplastics from wind turbine blades in the atmosphere and waterways, underwater battery storage, and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP94 – Natural Fiber Composites for Wind – with Greenboats’ Friedrich Deimann and Jan Paul Schirmer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 63:21


    Greenboats founder and CEO Friedrich Deimann and Co-managing Director Jan Paul Schirmer joined us to talk about their natural fiber composites and how they have been used in the wind industry to increase sustainability and recyclability, while reducing CO2 emissions. We also discuss news about Dogger Bank wind farm, Ming Yang's plans for a UK factory, and the right to disconnect for employees. Connect with Greenboats here, Friedrich on Linkedin or Jan Paul on Linkedin. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Transcript EP94- Natural Fiber Composites for Wind - With Greenboats' Friedrich Deimann and Jan Paul Schirmer this episode is brought to you by weatherguard lightning tech at weatherguard we make lightning protection easy if your wind turbines are due for maintenance or repairs install our striketape retrofit lps upgrade at the same time a strike tape installation is the quick easy solution that provides a dramatic long lasting boost to the factory lightning protection system forward-thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow learn more in the show notes of today's podcast welcome back i'm dan Blewett i'm Allen hall and i'm rosemary barnes and this is the uptime podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy tech news and policy all right welcome back to the uptime wind energy podcast i'm your co-host dan blewett on today's show number one we've got uh two friends of uptime uh we have Friedrich Deimann from Greenboats he's the CEO and founder and we also have co-managing director from Greenboats and Jan Paul Schirmer they're going to be joining us to talk about their sustainable natural fiber composites you know they've been using them on nacelles and more of their interesting innovative composite work is making its way into the wind industry so we're going to talk to them about what they're doing and some of the innovations and how they've gotten to this point and where they're going before that we'll talk about shell they're buying power from the dogger bank wind farm we'll talk about some interesting um research done by ori catapult about mooring and anchoring systems for offshore wind after our interview we'll talk through the uk's plans for a giant battery which is going to help to manage your uh to manage offshore wind energy we'll talk about ming yang's new factory that looks like it's been approved for the uk and lastly we'll talk about a little bit just general employment stuff which is the the idea of the legal right to disconnect and how that can affect employee employer relationships mental health and all that stuff which is pretty applicable to this market and many others so before we get going be sure to subscribe to uptime tech news which you'll find in the show notes of the today's podcast as well as rosemary's youtube channel and again she's doing live streams every other week and has tons of new content on the regular about wind energy renewables all that great stuff so be sure to subscribe to both you'll find them in the show notes below so first let's talk about uh this dogger bank wind farm so dogger bank c is they've just entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with shell and that's going to be for 240 megawatts in this final phase of the wind farm so obviously we talked a bunch about fossil fuel companies uh getting involved with wind energy alan is this sort of more the same for michelle or is this uh is this like a new pivot for them or what should we expect from this uh power purchase agreement well shell is going to continue to to expand into renewables and th...

    EP93 – 2021 Takeaways and 2022 Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 54:46


    In the final episode of 2021, in which we saw huge growth in offshore wind, Allen and Rosemary give their big takeaways from the year along with predictions for what's to come in 2022. Will we see 20MW wind turbines? A development slowdown due to inflation? Regulatory hurdles? Go here for the video about McDonald's ice cream machines mentioned on the show. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Transcript: EP93 of the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast 00:00:37:11 - 00:00:38:13Welcome back. 00:00:38:13 - 00:00:40:00I'm Dan Blewett. 00:00:40:00 - 00:00:44:18I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes,and this is the Up Time podcast 00:00:44:23 - 00:00:48:03bringing you the latest in windenergy, tech news 00:00:48:03 - 00:00:49:18and policy. 00:00:59:22 - 00:01:00:06All right. 00:01:00:06 - 00:01:02:17Welcome back to the UptimeWind Energy podcast. 00:01:02:18 - 00:01:05:03I'm your co-host, Dan Blewett on today'sshow, 00:01:05:03 - 00:01:08:14we're going to do a sort of 2021a year and wrap up. 00:01:08:23 - 00:01:11:20So aside from a couple topicswhich we're going to talk about, 00:01:12:04 - 00:01:16:00including balsa wood harvesting, obviouslythat's used in wind turbine blades. 00:01:16:00 - 00:01:18:06And as they've expanded in size, 00:01:18:06 - 00:01:21:08that harvesting has sped up,which is threatening the rainforest. 00:01:21:10 - 00:01:22:13We'll talk through that 00:01:22:13 - 00:01:25:16as well as maybe some possiblereplacements for that material 00:01:26:09 - 00:01:27:14in the near future. 00:01:27:14 - 00:01:31:07What about Germany phasing outnuclear power and Siemens Gamesa 00:01:31:07 - 00:01:35:09accepting bids to sell off the winddevelopment arm of their business? 00:01:35:09 - 00:01:37:08And then, as we do our sort of 2021 00:01:37:08 - 00:01:40:16wrap up, we have five questionswe're going to throw to our experts here 00:01:41:05 - 00:01:42:09about, you know, developments. 00:01:42:09 - 00:01:45:13They see predictionsand maybe some surprising things 00:01:45:13 - 00:01:47:07about the year behind us. 00:01:47:07 - 00:01:49:16So look for thatin the second half of today's show. 00:01:49:16 - 00:01:53:15Before we get going, be sure to subscribeto Uptime Tech News, which you will find 00:01:53:15 - 00:01:56:23in the show notes of this podcast,as well as Rosemary's YouTube channel. 00:01:57:07 - 00:01:58:17Where is you doing twice a month? 00:01:58:17 - 00:02:02:03Live streamsand all things renewable and wind energy 00:02:02:03 - 00:02:05:05shows a great job there, so check outboth in the description below. 00:02:05:16 - 00:02:09:22So first thing on the docket today,we're going to talk about balsa wood. 00:02:09:22 - 00:02:13:10So obviously this is used structurallyin wind turbine blades, and the bigger 00:02:13:10 - 00:02:18:08they get, the more this has been usefuland necessary to increase harvesting. 00:02:18:17 - 00:02:21:08And of course, just like anythingas demand goes up, 00:02:21:08 - 00:02:24:16this is putting strainon this natural resource. 00:02:24:18 - 00:02:28:15Rosemary, obviously working for Elm WindPower, you have a pretty good idea of, 00:02:28:16 - 00:02:31:16you know, the vendor relationshipsand all of the materials 00:02:31:16 - 00:02:32:23that go into these blades. 00:02:32:23 - 00:02:35:00Can you take us through this situationwith balsa wood? 00:02:35:00 - 00:02:38:09Like, where does balsa woodfit in to blade construction? 00:02:38:10 - 00:02:38:18Yeah. 00:02:38:18 - 00:02:42:18So Balsa Wood is a sand...

    EP92 – Superconducting Wind Turbine Generators?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 59:25


    Will we ever see superconductors in wind turbines? Research is being done in the background, but it's proving a difficult problem to solve. The payoff could be huge (reducing size and weight) but the cost and engineering is high. Plus, we discuss Australia's "black box" of climate solutions, blade de-icing, Exxon's purchase of Materia, farmers' payout on land leases and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP91 – Is Wind Power Too Cheap?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 55:22


    Siemens Gamesa's CEO has explained that the price of wind power is perhaps too low, and may have a negative effect on the market moving forward. Is he right? Plus, we discuss Texas' preparations for winter in light of last year's power disaster, offshore carbon capture leases, grid connection bottlenecks, an electricity transport ship and much more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 

    EP90 – Cyber Resilience: Can Companies Like Vestas Rebound from an Attack? with Byron Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 69:54


    Byron Martin, CEO of Teknologize, joined us to talk about the Vestas ransomware attack and the great concept of cyber resilience: How companies can rebound after a cyberattack like the one Vestas recently suffered. Plus, we discussed global air pollution levels, India's offshore wind potential and infrastructure challenges therein, the Save Right Whales Coalition and got the engineers' take on the floating wind turbine structure Pivot Buoy from X1 Wind. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Transcript - EP90 - Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience with Byron Martin of Teknologize This episode is brought to you by weather guard Lightning Tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If your wind turbines are due for maintenance or repairs, install our strike tape retrofit LPs upgrade. At the same time, a strike tape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightning 00:00:21:08 - 00:00:48:22Unknownprotection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett. I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes, and this is the Up Time podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. 00:00:59:21 - 00:01:13:00UnknownAll right. Welcome back to the Uptime Wind energy podcast, I'm your co-host Dan Blewett on today's show. We've got a great lineup and we also have a friend of up time joining us, Byron Martin, CEO of Teknologize, which is an IT firm in Washington state. 00:01:13:00 - 00:01:29:22UnknownHe's going to be joining us to talk about the implications of the Vestas cyber attack. Obviously, we mentioned this on the show in a past episode just recently when the story broke. But we wanted to get Byron, who's one of our our repeat guests now, since he's an expert, it's really kind of walk us through this. 00:01:29:23 - 00:01:47:19UnknownYou know, the response, the cyber attack and his term, which you learn today, cyber resilience, which is not just trying to prevent attack, but also how quickly can your organization bounce back once you have in breach? So really great talk with Byron will jump to that in about 15 minutes before that. 00:01:47:19 - 00:02:03:22UnknownWe're talking about air pollution. We're concerned about India's offshore wind potential and why that still is sort of waiting in the wings. And we're going to talk about Rosemary's neck of the woods with the star of the South Offshore Wind project, which has gotten some new legislation just passed, which is going to help pave the way for 00:02:03:22 - 00:02:18:07Unknownthat one. And then after our interview with Mr. Martin, we'll talk about a self orienting floating wind turbine prototype that's just now being christened and the Save Right Whales Coalition and how that's impacting offshore wind here in the U.S.. 00:02:18:17 - 00:02:34:05UnknownSo before we get going, be sure to subscribe to our uptime at tech news, which you'll find in the show notes of this podcast, as well as Rosemary's excellent YouTube channel on renewable energy. So let's get started. Rosemary, we this crazy article from Al Jazeera. 00:02:34:20 - 00:02:50:10UnknownThey did a great job with it, some infographics and sharing some some data here on the 100 most polluted cities around the globe. And unfortunately, 94 are within India, China and Pakistan. Obviously, you know, you've especially harped on the idea that, look, we're all in this together.

    EP89 – Vestas Cybersecurity Attack; Can Microgrids Create Half a Million Jobs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 57:28


    Vestas had a cyberattack recently and shut down IT systems to help contain it. How bad was it? Plus, a recent article pegged microgrids as a potential source of 500,000 jobs by 2030 - is this realistic? And, how do wind turbines protect themselves in high winds - does feathering and idling actually work better than braking? We also discuss underwater drone missions by Rovco seeking out unexploded mines and bombs, and more. TRANSCRIPT - Vestas Cybersecurity Attack; Can Microgrids Create Half a Million Jobs? This episode is brought to you by Weather Guard Lightning Tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If your wind turbines are due for maintenance or repairs, install our StrikeTape retrofit LPS upgrade. At the same time, a strike tape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightningprotection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett. I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes, and this is the UpTime podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy.All right. Welcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy podcast. I'm your co-host Dan Blewett on today's show. We've got a really full docket number one, we'll talk about Vestas and the recent cybersecurity incident. It's a scary thing for all businesses all around the world. 00:01:13:12 - 00:01:28:22UnknownSo talk about what that meant for them and if they're back up and running. We'll talk about Siemens energy. Their CEO has mentioned that Siemens Gamesa is doing well progressing and their turnaround, and whether we could expect a complete takeover from where they finished buying the rest of their shares. 00:01:28:22 - 00:01:46:23UnknownThey own about 67% of the company now. So about Shell, they've snapped up a majority stake in another offshore wind project off of iron off of Ireland in North Dakota. Some high winds have shut down wind turbines, which we know that this happens, but it's still always a curious about when it does. 00:01:47:15 - 00:02:02:13UnknownWind speeds up to 70 miles per hour. In that case, we'll talk about some unexploded mines from past wars just laying lurking in the North Sea and Rove Co's drones, which are trying to help locate them. We'll talk about microgrids. 00:02:03:07 - 00:02:21:19UnknownThe annual energy storage modeling some interesting stuff there. We'll talk about more supply chain crisis, whether that's going to continue to really affect the transition to clean energy. And lastly, we'll talk about artificial seaweed power. Is this the next big thing? 00:02:21:19 - 00:02:38:17UnknownI'm sure Rosemary has got strong feelings there. Spoiler, it's probably not. But before we get going, be sure to subscribe to the podcast in general. You also find Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update about the show and great news from around the web. 00:02:39:06 - 00:02:51:08UnknownAnd be sure to subscribe to Rosemary's YouTube channel, which you'll find in the show notes and description as well. She's been doing live streams and all of her regular content on everything renewables and wind energy. So let's get started. 00:02:51:11 - 00:03:05:02UnknownObviously, the, you know, cybersecurity is on everyone's front of mind nowadays. It seems like every other week there's another company that's been hit hard this week, it's been investors. So but there still seems like a little bit mum is the word at the moment. 00:03:05:03 - 00:03:22:17UnknownThey have mentioned that their crisis management team is on its. And besides that, I'm not really sure what the extent of of what's happened. Alan, what's your take here? Obviously, there's not a lot of information that we've found in the news cycle yet, but it sounds like maybe investors is OK. 00:03:23:01 - 00:03:33:22UnknownYeah,

    EP88 – Vestas Partners with Maersk – Can They Control Future Shipping Costs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 62:11


    As wind energy OEMs scramble to control costs, more and more and forging partnerships. Vestas has locked-in costs with Maersk - is this a game-changer? Plus, Bill Gates is pushing nuclear power hard in the U.S. - is this a safe diversification of power production? And, a thermoplastic 13m blade was recently 3D printed, SGRE is now producing green hydrogen from one of their pilot projects, and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Show Transcript 00:00:00:13 - 00:00:21:08UnknownThis episode is brought to you by weather guard Lightning Tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If your wind turbines are due for maintenance or repairs, install our strike tape retrofit LPs upgrade. At the same time, a strike tape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightning 00:00:21:08 - 00:00:48:22Unknownprotection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett. I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes, and this is the Uptime podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. 00:00:59:20 - 00:01:11:05UnknownWelcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy podcast, I'm your co-host Dan Blewett. On today's show, we've got a bunch of great topics we'll talk about number one. Bill Gates pushing for a new new nuclear power plant in Wyoming. 00:01:11:05 - 00:01:23:23UnknownWe'll talk about the future of nuclear and why it's getting some pushback from the wind industry and others. We'll talk about Vestas and Maersk. Rosemary is going to come out. She's going to maul me about my pronunciation of this in a moment. 00:01:24:13 - 00:01:42:22UnknownTheir container deal and what that means for transportation for them. We'll talk about a French couple who has won a lawsuit about their health in relation to a wind farm that was installed near their homes. Well, some of the Dominion's explanation of their 10 billion dollar price tag for their coastal Virginia wind projects. 00:01:43:08 - 00:01:55:08UnknownThere was a blade that fell off a wind turbine in Freuler. Maybe I got that one right? Could be over two. We'll see my pronunciation tonight. We'll talk about it. Roll with our 3-D printing approach for wind turbine blades. 00:01:55:08 - 00:02:12:23UnknownThey've got some new thermoplastic stuff that they've just announced. Siemens Gamesa has produced their first green hydrogen from a project. And lastly, we'll talk about a drone attack on a power grid. This is certainly not can be the last attack of its sort, and we've actually mentioned this recently about subsea cables and their potential vulnerability. 00:02:13:00 - 00:02:27:15UnknownSo we'll kind of go back and full circle there and talk through this story a little bit. But before we get going, be sure to subscribe to Uptime Tech News, which you'll find in the show notes or description of today's podcast, as well as Rosemary's YouTube channel, which will also find the description. 00:02:27:23 - 00:02:41:10UnknownAnd Alan, let's start with you. So we're going to push right here into nuclear. So obviously, nuclear power has a bad rap because we get that, you know, big emotional response from Chernobyl. And there's the disaster that it caused. 00:02:42:02 - 00:02:57:02UnknownBut in reality, it's actually quite safe and it does not contribute to CO2 emissions. So, Alan, take us through this this Bill Gates situation. He's backing this experimental nuclear nuclear power plan...

    Uptime 87 – GE Splits Up; Is Vestas Fighting For Its Financial Future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 54:00


    GE, the classic American conglomerate, is finally splitting up for good. How will this go for GE as they prepare to break into three entities? Vestas has had rough financials of late, along with the departure of their CFO - what are they going to do to right the ship? We also discuss the American Bird Conservancy's litigious tactics against wind, China's entrance into the U.S. and UK markets, and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Transcript: EP87 GE Splits Up; Is Vestas Fighting For Its Financial Future?

    Uptime 86 – How Do They Choose Offshore Wind Farm Sites?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 52:49


    This week the gang discusses international news from the U.S., France, Turkey, Scotland, Vietnam and more. Is New York killing gas plants a good move, or short-sighted? Scotland is lending a hand to Vietnam, helping them stand up their wind industry - will we see more of this? And, how do floating Lidar studies work in helping to identify good wind farm sites? Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Show Transcript This episode is brought to you by weather guard Lightning Tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If your wind turbines are due for maintenance or repairs, install our strike tape retrofit LPs upgrade. At the same time, a strike tape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightning 00:00:21:08 - 00:00:48:22Unknownprotection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett. I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes, and this is the Uptime podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. 00:01:00:02 - 00:01:21:21UnknownAll right, welcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy podcast, I'm your co-host Dan Blewett on today's episode big global sort of news cycle we're in talk about GE overtaking vessels here in the U.S.. An interesting, cracked foundation issue over in Canada that we'll talk about might have some really expensive repairs due for that wind farm. 00:01:22:12 - 00:01:39:06UnknownWe'll talk about New York state and their contentious relationship now with gas power plants. We'll talk about Scotland lending some aid to Vietnam, France and their next presidential contender and how hostile she is towards wind energy. We'll talk about some funding coming out of the U.K. government. 00:01:39:21 - 00:01:53:09UnknownTurkey's wind power record and last it was a little bit about floating light hours and how they assess wind farm sites. So before we get going on our mind you, no one definitely subscribe to Rosemary YouTube channels you'll find in the show notes of this podcast. 00:01:53:19 - 00:02:09:12UnknownShe's doing live streams and, you know, continues to pump out great content, so definitely subscribe. And check out some of her offerings. Also, you'll find uptime tech news in the show notes wherever you listen or watch. And that's our weekly email update, just letting you know about the new podcast and some other great news around the web 00:02:09:21 - 00:02:29:04Unknown. So sign up for that today and get that update every week, every Thursday morning, so we're going to jump right into it. So first thing is now has arrested that top spot over investors, accounting for 34% of new installations in the first nine months of 2021 versus 30% for Vestas. 00:02:29:04 - 00:02:49:09UnknownAnd of course, that is 2.44 gigawatts of turbines for GE versus 2.2 gigawatts for Vestas. And then, interestingly enough, and Nordics really seems to fly under the radar. But Nordics was third and of course, a German manufacturer with a 20% share of this market, with Siemens Gamesa coming up behind and 16%. 00:02:50:07 - 00:03:10:02UnknownBut you know, everyone talks about GE versus Siemens Gamesa, but Nordics has had some pretty strong year. So I'll start with you. Does it surprise you? I mean, this is, you know, GE is home turf, after all. Yeah, it's a little surprising because he has recently struggle, but they lately have been putting things together and have been

    EP85 – Air Conditioning From Solar Panels? Plus, Turbine Rotor Dropped in the Ocean

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 64:56


    This week, Glen Ryan, Co-Founder of Sunovate, an innovative solar startup with technology to convert solar energy from photovoltaic panels into not only electricity, but heating and air conditioning for commercial buildings and homes. Glen, also the inventor of Bombora Wave Energy shares his entrepreneurial journey and where Sunovate is headed. We also discuss a recent mishap aboard the jack-up vessel the MPI Adventure, in which a full rotor was dropped into the sea. No one was injured, thankfully, but what happened? Plus, Siemens Gamesa's new Virginia, United States factory, Google 24/7 and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Transcript - Episode 85 with Glen Ryan of Sunovate 00:00:00:13 - 00:00:21:08UnknownThis episode is brought to you by Weather Guard Lightning Tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If your wind turbines are due for maintenance or repairs, install our strike tape retrofit LPS upgrade. At the same time, a strike tape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightning 00:00:21:08 - 00:00:48:22Unknownprotection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett. I'm Allen Hall and I'm Rosemary Barnes, and this is the Uptime podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. 00:00:59:21 - 00:01:19:03UnknownWelcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy podcast, I'm your co-host Dan Blewett on today's show. Number one, we've got a great friend of up time, Glen Ryan, who's the co-founder of Sunovate is going to be joining us to talk about his new startup, which is a fascinating new idea and use for PV, you know, solar panels 00:01:19:03 - 00:01:37:02Unknown, which not just turning solar energy into electricity, but also to potentially heat commercial and home spaces, among other things. So really interesting things all over his conversation in about 20 minutes. first, we're going to talk today about Tesla, some interesting new battery technology that they're waiting for Chinese patents to run out and then they're going to be 00:01:37:02 - 00:01:56:10Unknown. It looks like going after that technology hard to bring to their their cars, and we'll see what Alan and Rosemary think about the trickle down effect of that technology here in the U.S. and other places. We'll talk about a really crazy video of a and you've probably seen it if you're president of the wind industry of a 00:01:56:10 - 00:02:17:15Unknownhub with blades attached falling into the ocean off of the jack of the MPI adventure, a jack of vessel. So talk about the implications there. And then after our interview with Glen Ryan, we'll talk about the Virginia's new offshore wind facility that Siemens Gamesa is building here in the U.S. and some of the implications there. 00:02:17:15 - 00:02:33:00UnknownAnd then lastly, we'll chat about Google's 24-7 initiative, which Rosemary is quite excited about, as this puts us further on the path towards a carbon free future. So before we get going, is one remind you. Sign up for Ultime Tech news, so our weekly newsletter? 00:02:33:00 - 00:02:44:07UnknownGet updates on this podcast and other news around the web. You can sign up for that in the show notes or description below, and definitely sign up for Rose Mary's YouTube channel, which you also find in the description below. 00:02:44:14 - 00:03:01:12UnknownShe's pumping out great new content each week, so definitely follow up.

    EP84 – Turbine Blade Fatigue Cracks – A Growing Problem?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 66:38


    Morten Handberg from Wind Power Lab joined us to discuss wind turbine blade fatigue cracks and how operators can diagnose and creative preventative maintenance plans. We also explore subsea cable technology, including a 450 mile cable that now ranks as the world's longest - are these cables at risk? Can they be protected from natural damage and even sabotage? Plus, a tidal power consortium hits the news cycle, Vestas talks about turbine size and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Show Transcript - Morten Handberg from Wind Power Lab This episode is brought to you by weather guard Lightning Tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If your wind turbines are due for maintenance or repairs, install our strike tape retrofit LPs upgrade. At the same time, a strike tape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightning protection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett. I'm Allen Hall. And I'm Rosemary Barnes. And this is the Up Time podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. All right, welcome back to the Uptime one energy podcast, I'm your co-host, Dan Blewett on today's episode number one, we've got a great friend of uptime coming on the show. Morten Handberg who is the chief blade specialist from Wind Power Lab. He'll be joining us to talk about fatigue issues in wind turbine blades. So really deep dove on that we haven't talked much about much about that on the podcast yet. So we're excited to talk about cracks and fatigue and loading and all this good stuff with blades. So look for that in about 20 minutes. first, we're gonna talk about GE teaming up with GM on rare earth magnets. Obviously, those are needed for motors, nozzles, etc. So big two big companies teaming up to do some of that mining and some of the legwork. We'll talk about the largest subsea cable, which is now operating 450 miles long, crazy, long. We'll talk about Vestas. They're installing their v 230 6:15 megawatt at the Australia Test test facility in Denmark, and also some more news from Vestas, one of their executives talking about, you know, this race with wind turbines getting bigger and bigger and some of the costs and potential difficulties about that in the future. And lastly, we'll chat a little bit about a consortium led by Orbital Marine, which is the maker of the orbital O2, a two megawatt tidal power machine which we had covered about six months ago. So we'll talk a little bit about tidal power towards the end. So before we get going, make sure you subscribe in the show notes of today's podcast to uptime tech news and to Rosemary Barnes's YouTube channel, you'll find both in the links and description below. Remember, you just get an update from us. If you sign up for old time tech news along with other news from around the web. So first off, let's talk about GE and GM. They are obviously two big American companies, and they are trying to figure out how they can make sure this supply chain of heavy and light rare Earth magnets and materials will be available to them for years to come. You know, doing this forecasting is important work. Allan, what sticks out to you? Why do you feel like these two besides the the short g g, maybe like a g r, they could get like a g g t to their a little. With their little club. Besides the the names. What sticks out to you?

    EP83 – Uptime 83 – Off-Shore Wind Turbine Suction Caisson Installations – How do They Work?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 59:28


    In this episode, we discuss the installation of offshore wind turbines at Hornsea 2, which are being embedded in the seafloor via suction caisson jackets. But, how do they work? We also discuss Australia's future in renewables, the Sami people's legal battle over a wind farm that disrupts reindeer herding. Plus, can Puerto Rico's electricity grid be rebuilt with renewables, or only with fossil fuel sources, as is currently proposed? Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  Transcript: Uptime 83 - Off-Shore Wind Turbine Suction Caisson Installations - How do They Work? This episode is brought to you by weather guard lightning tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If you're wind turbines or do for maintenance or repairs, install our strike tape retrofit LPS upgrade. At the same time, a striketape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightning protection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett I'm Allen Hall, and I'm Rosemary Barnes, and this is the uptime podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. All right, welcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. I'm your co-host Dan Blewett. on today's show. We've got a bunch of Australian news we'll start off with. So Rosemary is going to have some a strong presence in this episode, as if she didn't already. We'll talk about some of Australian entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes, and he's the founder of Atlassian, which is an amazing suite of software products. Some of his ideas for Australia's renewable future. We'll talk a little about battery manufacturer Red Earth and some of the things they're doing. Kind of like Tesla's Powerwall. They have a bunch different storage solutions over in Australia. We'll talk about some of the seas and wind in Australia. And then moving on, we'll chat a little bit about this reindeer situation with the Sami people in Norway is a really interesting ruling that could get a wind farm dismantled if their lawyers. Right. We'll talk about crabs and their electromagnetic fields. We'll talk about suction, caissons and some of the new offshore wind turbine foundation jackets that have just been installed. An update on the horn seeta wind farm, a 107 meter, a wind turbine blade mold. And lastly, will shed a little bit about Puerto Rico and their electric grid to rebuild. Before we get going on our mind, you subscribe to Uptime Tech News, our weekly newsletter. It's growing fast and you can get a weekly update from us with new wind energy news all from around the Web, as well as alerts for about the new podcasts and videos. And definitely subscribe to Rosemary Barnes's YouTube channel, which you'll also find in the description of this podcast. So, Rosemary, come up on stage. Let's talk about Australia here. So might Mike Cannon-Brookes again. He's a co-founder, co CEO of Atlassian. They make Trello Jera, which is their project development software. They had tons of teams work with that, getting projects from start to finish and a lot of other stuff. He's a big entrepreneur in Australia, and he says they should be aiming for 500 percent renewables. Rosmarie, 500 percent seems ambitious. Yeah, but I mean, if you think about it at the moment, the amount of calls with that Australia exports, I don't know what percentage we're at in terms of fossil fuel generation,

    EP82 – Vortex Generators: How & Why Do They Work to Improve Blade Aerodynamics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 56:31


    Is it possible for wind turbine blade aerodynamics to improve as a blade wears down? Nicholas Gaudern, CTO of Power Curve, joins us to talk about vortex generators, Gurney Flaps and the ins and outs of blade aerodynamic upgrades. We also discuss new migratory bird laws in the U.S. that may impact wind farms, undersea exploration tech, a collapsed Nordex turbine in Germany, and more. Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!  TRANSCRIPT EP82 Vortex Generators: How & Why Do They Work to Improve Blade Aerodynamics? This episode is brought to you by weather guard lightning tech at Weather Guard. We make lightning protection easy. If you're wind turbines or do for maintenance or repairs, install our strike tape retrofit LPS upgrade. At the same time, a strike tape installation is the quick, easy solution that provides a dramatic, long lasting boost to the factory lightning protection system. Forward thinking wind site owners install strike tape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back. I'm Dan Blewett I'm Allen Hall, and I'm Rosemary Barnes, and this is the uptime podcast bringing you the latest in wind energy, tech news and policy. All right, welcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. I'm your co-host, Dan Blewett. On today's show, we've got a great lineup. Also an amazing guest, Nicholas Gaudern, who is the chief technical officer from Power Curve, is back on with us today. He's going to chat later on in the show about vortex generators and some other belayed aerodynamic upgrades. He's a whiz when it comes to aerodynamics, so we're excited to have him and his expertize back on the show . Before that, we'll talk a little bit about EC1 or some of their Kedron technology, checking on wind farms and the aquatic wildlife beneath. We'll talk about migratory birds, some new legislation or really just the law. Looks like it's changing again here in the U.S. We'll talk about some of the implications there for wind turbines, Rehame birds. And then after our interview, we'll talk Germany. There was Nordic wind turbine collapse recently. Not much on it as far as causes. We'll talk about that sort of as an industry wide issue, like why do we not know some of these things? And some of it seems like it's kept kind of close to the vest. We'll also talk about blackouts potentially in Germany. Their electricity supplies seem tenuous at times, and some interesting advertisements have been sort of driving that point home with their own people. And lastly, we'll talk about a U.S. congressman proposing some funding programs for wind and solar here in the U.S. So first, I'll start with Equador. Allen, you seem pretty keen on this technology they have been putting out there. There are drone running around and collecting a bunch of data. So tell us, Allen, what's some of the stuff that they're looking for here on these offshore wind farms? Well, they're looking to see what the sea life is right now before they start investing and in a lot of offshore wind and to try to get a baseline for what the sea life is and what the vegetation is and what the migratory patterns are in some cases. So they're basically putting out these looks like little boat drones are about six feet, two meters long, and they have a solar panel onto them and they're self-propelled and they relay data back to shore, but they're just tracking the wildlife in the area. Very similar that we would do on land. When we put wind turbines on land. We track the migratory birds, we track the wildlife.

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