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December 26, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Offshore wind development in Va. will involve turbines from Alstom
    Dominion Virginia Power will install two Alstom Haliade 150 turbines at its wind energy initiative off the coast of Virginia Beach, a project that has received a Department of Energy grant. Offshore wind resources off the Virginia coast could generate sufficient power to supply about 500,000 homes at peak energy demand, according to Andy Geissbuehler, head of Alstom's wind business in North America. North American Windpower online (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wind-testing towers gain approval in Vt.
    Developer Atlantic Wind received clearance from Vermont's Public Service Board to construct three meteorological-testing towers, in Windham and Grafton. The board set several conditions for the project including the need for the approval of any "material deviation," the removal of the towers and related equipment within three years, and a requirement for annual reports to the state Agency of Natural Resources. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ECN touts fiber-optic system for maintaining wind turbines
    The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands' Fiber Optic Blade Load Monitoring system aims to efficiently measure data to reduce the costs of wind energy operations and maintenance without the disadvantages that can come with visual inspections, drivetrain monitoring and oil sampling, write L.W.M.M. Rademakers and T.W. Verbruggen of ECN. The fiber-optic system has Bragg gratings for measurement of the strain in turbine blade roots, causing less drifting by the fibers while increasing longevity, they write. Renewable Energy World (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Never get so fascinated by the extraordinary that you forget the ordinary."
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