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Posted

26/10/2016

Author

Francesco Cornacchia

Wind Turbines: When is 20 Years Not 20 Years?

Learning more about your wind farm can help extend the life of your gearboxes from 20 years to 25 years, and maximise your investment returns, writes Francesco Cornacchia.  

It is well-known that many wind turbine gearboxes have a design life of 20 years. 

However, it is also well-known that a great number of gearboxes don’t last for 20 years and fail prematurely. Why the discrepancy?
 
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Posted

16/02/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Wind Farm Owners: How To Cut The Impact Of Gearbox Failure



Wind farm owners can face hefty bills —up to $500,000 —if turbine gearboxes fail. This is the finding of a new report from an insurance specialist.

This month, renewable energy insurer GCube has published a report called ‘Grinding Gearboxes’about the impact of gearbox failure on wind farm owners and investors. It has also highlighted a few key steps that asset managers should take to mitiga ...

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Posted

02/02/2015

Author

Richard Heap

GE and Statoil: the start of a beautiful friendship?

It will soon be Valentine’s Day, so what better time to look at a blooming relationship?

US manufacturing giant General Electric and Norwegian energy company Statoil last week set up a joint technology initiative to tackle some of the biggest challenges for the global oil and gas market. Issues for the pair to solve include emissions and water usage.

GE chairman and chief executive Jeff Imme ...

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