Free Gearbox Webinar: Don’t blame factory defects for failures; with Danish Wind Power Academy

When wind turbine gearbox fails, are manufacturers really the ones to blame?

In New Energy Update’s next free webinar, they’ll show the critical mistakes many owners are still making in gearbox maintenance and how this is leading, still, to excessive costs and performance pressures.

Register for the webinar here now

Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 10:00am Central US 

Can’t make it live? Sign up now and they’ll send the full recordings to your inbox!

New Energy Update will be joined by key gearbox specialist Carsten Andersen, CEO, Danish Wind Power Academy, along with key clients and end-users to discuss:

  • Which poor O&M practices you and your teams are likely to be using and what strategies they should be using instead to maximize reliability
  • What essential insights North American wind operators, OEMs and ISPs can learn from long-term data and maintenance insights from across the European market
  • Why you should be looking to take advantage of the latest gearbox operating best practices to gain even higher AEP and portfolio revenues from extended gearbox lives right across all your assets

This webinar has been created to provide an invaluable resource to all O&M Managers, Plant/Site Managers and Techniciansjoin the webinar here now

Don’t worry if you can’t make it live – sign up anyway and I’ll send you the full recordings afterwards!

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate the contact the webinar organizer directly using the details below.

Kerr Jeferies | kerr@newenergyupdate.com | +44 (0) 207 375 7565

Nordex USA, Inc. / Acciona Windpower North America, LLC – NOW HIRING!

Is your passion wind energy? We offer a wide range of positions for highly qualified staff in both the commercial and technical areas. Apply today by emailing your resume/interest to Kris at kjensen@skywalkgroup.com or applying through the career portal: https://nordex-jobs.dvinci.de/cgi-bin/appl/selfservice.pl?lang=en;

• Construction Training Manager: West Branch, IA

• Commissioning Technicians: Travel

• Lead Commissioning Technician: Travel

• Assistant Erection & Commissioning Site Manager: Travel

• Lead Service Technicians: Wichita Falls, TX

• Logistics Analyst: West Branch, IA

• Logistics Coordinator: West Branch, IA

• Quality Assurance Auditor: West Branch, IA

Ingeteam is Hiring!

Once again our friends at Ingeteam have some open positions.  Check out the details below, or visit  http://www.ingeteam.com/us/en-us/jobs.aspx for more details.

Ingeteam

Travelling Wind Turbine Technician I

Responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators.

Description of Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators
  • Troubleshoot complicated mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical problems including repair or replacement of parts to correct malfunctions
  • Help in all areas of maintenance as directed by manager with minimal supervision
  • Carry out any other tasks delegated by the company
  • In the performance of your duties, use equipment and resources in accordance with instructions provided by the company
  • Follow procedures, instructions and work orders as part of your normal work functions
  • Maintains adherence to Company policies, safety standards and good housekeeping practices.  Identifies gaps in safety standards as well as safety risks in the environment and provides recommendations to higher level technical staff and management

General Job Requirements

  • 6 months experience as O&M, QA/QC Inspector or Commissioning Wind Technician preferred.
  • Must have clean DMV record and ability to operate service trucks as required. No record of DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired), or refusal to test within previous 2 years; no more than 2driving violations or citations of any kind on your motor vehicle record within the previous 3 years; no more than 1 accident (fault or no-fault) within previous 3 years.
  • Perform required travel for extended periods at a time
  • Service-oriented
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Flexibility
  • Self-Control
  • Integrity
  • Motivation
  • Understanding
  • Innovation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Empowerment
  • Initiative
  • Analytic skills
  • Teamwork
  • Results-oriented
  • Honesty

Academic Requirements

  • Associate Degree in Engineering or other relevant technical degree required. 3+ years relevant work experience required, in lieu of degree.
  • Ability to read and comprehend electrical and mechanical schematics, technical manuals, procedures and regulations
  • OSHA-10, NFPA 70E, First Aid/CPR, Climbing and Tower Rescue certificates.

For more information on this position, contact Natalie.Chapman@ingeteam.com

2015 a Record Year for Wind Energy Production in United States

A_close_shot_of_wind_turbines_wind_farm

The AWEA Recently announced that in November of 2015, the United States reached the 70 gigawatts production milestone for the first time in its history.  This is great news for an industry that had plateaued over the last couple years with the uncertainty created by the government and clean energy tax credits.  The 50 and 60 gigawatt levels were achieved back in 2012.   2013 proved to be slower year for new wind energy projects, but that has changed in 2014, with over 8.3 billion dollars  invested.

Better Times Ahead

The momentum for 2015 and beyond is increasing for many reasons.  The first is the extensions of the Production Tax Credit and alternate Investment Tax Credit by Congress, which gives stability and predictability to the industry through at least 2019.  These credits make new wind energy projects more affordable, encouraging investment.

Another big reason is that wind energy prices have reached all time lows.  In order to be competitive in the energy market, wind energy has to make financial sense for the organizations buying and investing in energy.  With wind energy prices the lowest they have ever been, they are very competitive economically on the market.

More Progress to be Made

While 70 gigawatts of energy production is a great milestone for a budding industry, there is still a long way to go before wind energy is a viable alternative for U.S. residents.  At this point, energy produced by wind makes up only 5% of total U.S. energy consumption – meaning there is still great long-term potential for increases in wind energy production.

Additional Information

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/12/23/3734678/wind-energy-reaches-new-record/

http://www.awea.org/MediaCenter/pressrelease.aspx?ItemNumber=8255

http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2015/08/10/study-finds-that-the-price-of-wind-energy-in-the-united-states-is-at-an-all-time-low-averaging-under-2-5%C2%A2kwh/

Wind Turbine Technician – One of the Fastest Growing Careers

If you are considering a career as a Wind Turbine Technician, you are in luck, because this career path is projected to be the fastest growing job through 2024.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number Wind Turbine Technician jobs will more than double over the next 8-10 years:

There are only about 4,400 such workers now, and the federal agency expects the jobs to increase 108 percent, to 9,200 workers.

The growth is largely due to the expansion of wind energy through new installations of wind turbines, but also the ongoing maintenance needed for these machines as they are installed.

Additional Information

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/ohio-energy-inc/2015/12/wind-turbine-jobs-expected-to-double-leading-the-u.html

Congress Extends Renewable Energy Tax Credit through 2021

In a surprising bit of news this week, the United States Congress has extended the Renewable Energy Tax Credit through 2021.  Officially called the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), these credits were set to expire at the end of 2016, at which point the 30% tax credit would drop down to 10%.  This looming deadline had been creating a lot of uncertainty in the solar and wind industries as companies rushed to complete as many projects as possible before the deadline.  This extension adds some much needed stability to a growing industry.

Additional Information

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3016680/sustainable-it/in-surprise-move-congress-extends-renewable-energy-tax-credit.html

 

World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm Coming to Scotland

A conceptual drawing of a floating wind farm
A conceptual drawing of a floating wind farm

Recently the Scottish Government announced its latest plans to harness the great power potential of the wind around the United Kingdom.  Scotland plans to build the world’s largest floating wind farm off the coast of Peterhead, which will harness an impressive 135 Gigawatt hours of electricity per year.  This work will be completed by Norway’s Statoil, and will make it the largest floating wind farm on earth!   Why are floating wind farms gaining popularity?  Because of their cheaper installation and maintenance costs, while still harnessing immense amounts of wind power.

Additional Information

http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/02/worlds-biggest-floating-wind-farm/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000595

 

Ingeteam is Hiring!

Ingeteam

Travelling Wind Turbine Technician – Ingeteam Inc.

Responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators.

Description of Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators
  • Troubleshoot complicated mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical problems including repair or replacement of parts to correct malfunctions
  • Help in all areas of maintenance as directed by manager with minimal supervision
  • Carry out any other tasks delegated by the company
  • In the performance of your duties, use equipment and resources in accordance with instructions provided by the company
  • Follow procedures, instructions and work orders as part of your normal work functions
  • Maintains adherence to Company policies, safety standards and good housekeeping practices.  Identifies gaps in safety standards as well as safety risks in the environment and provides recommendations to higher level technical staff and management

General Job Requirements

  • 6 months experience as O&M, QA/QC Inspector or Commissioning Wind Technician preferred.
  • Must have clean DMV record and ability to operate service trucks as required. No record of DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired), or refusal to test within previous 2 years; no more than 2driving violations or citations of any kind on your motor vehicle record within the previous 3 years; no more than 1 accident (fault or no-fault) within previous 3 years.
  • Perform required travel for extended periods at a time
  • Service-oriented
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Flexibility
  • Self-Control
  • Integrity
  • Motivation
  • Understanding
  • Innovation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Empowerment
  • Initiative
  • Analytic skills
  • Teamwork
  • Results-oriented
  • Honesty

Academic Requirements

  • Associate Degree in Engineering or other relevant technical degree required. 3+ years relevant work experience required, in lieu of degree.
  • Ability to read and comprehend electrical and mechanical schematics, technical manuals, procedures and regulations
  • OSHA-10, NFPA 70E, First Aid/CPR, Climbing and Tower Rescue certificates.

For more information on this position, contact Natalie.Chapman@ingeteam.com

Aero Energy Services is Hiring!

aeroAero Energy Services is an emerging, highly customer service driven, maintenance and repair services provider in the wind industry.   With numerous travelling technician opportunities, Aero technicians have the opportunity to gain experience on a variety of equipment and develop their skills with an employee focused company, dedicated to providing exceptional customer service.

Please visit our job board using the link below for current openings, check us out at http://www.aeroenergy.us, or inquire within by emailing bgray@aeroenergy.us.

Aero Energy Services Job Board: http://aeroenergyjobs.applicantstack.com/x/openings

Ingeteam is Hiring!

Ingeteam

 

 

Travelling Wind Turbine Technician – Ingeteam Inc.

Responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators.

There are currently two assignments available:

1. A 10-12 week project beginning in May performing maintenance on wind turbines. Will have to travel to a couple different locations for the duration of the project.

2. A 16-18 week project beginning in July performing Quality Inspections on new wind turbines in Texas.

Description of Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators
  • Troubleshoot complicated mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical problems including repair or replacement of parts to correct malfunctions
  • Help in all areas of maintenance as directed by manager with minimal supervision
  • Carry out any other tasks delegated by the company
  • In the performance of your duties, use equipment and resources in accordance with instructionsprovided by the company
  • Follow procedures, instructions and work orders as part of your normal work functions
  • Maintains adherence to Company policies, safety standards and good housekeeping practices.  Identifies gaps in safety standards as well as safety risks in the environment and   provides recommendations to higher level technical staff and management

General Job Requirements

  • 6 months experience as O&M, QA/QC Inspector or Commissioning Wind Technician preferred.
  • Must have clean DMV record and ability to operate service trucks as required. No record of DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired), or refusal to test within previous 2 years; no more than 2 driving violations or citations of any kind on your motor vehicle record within the previous 3 years; no more than 1 accident (fault or no-fault) within previous 3 years.
  • Perform required travel for extended periods at a time
  • Service-oriented
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Flexibility
  • Self-Control
  • Integrity
  • Motivation
  • Understanding
  • Innovation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Empowerment
  • Initiative
  • Analytic skills
  • Teamwork
  • Results-oriented
  • Honesty
  • Organizational awareness
  • Leadership
  • Professional appearance
  • Be able to adapt to new situations.
  • The candidate needs to have the ability to climb wind turbine towers up to 300 feet in height, up to 3 times a day and ability and willingness to handle repetitive weight (50+ lbs)

Academic Requirements

  • Associate Degree in Engineering or other relevant technical degree required. 3+ years relevant work experience required, in lieu of degree.
  • Ability to read and comprehend electrical and mechanical schematics, technical manuals, procedures and regulations
  • OSHA-10, NFPA 70E, First Aid/CPR, Climbing and Tower Rescue certificates.

For more information on this position, contact angie.andre@ingeteam.com

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