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The Wind Industry isn't as big as you'd assume. Our very own Dan Frantz hosts the Kurz Wind Podcast, where he interviews familiar faces or well-known companies within the Wind industry. If you have a passion for Winergy, want to earn a career within the Wind Industry, or just want to hear some great advice from people who are blazing their own trails in the fast-growing industry of Renewable Energy, this podcast is for you.

Kurz Wind Podcast Dan Frantz

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The Wind Industry isn't as big as you'd assume. Our very own Dan Frantz hosts the Kurz Wind Podcast, where he interviews familiar faces or well-known companies within the Wind industry. If you have a passion for Winergy, want to earn a career within the Wind Industry, or just want to hear some great advice from people who are blazing their own trails in the fast-growing industry of Renewable Energy, this podcast is for you.

    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #8: HOVE Americas

    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #8: HOVE Americas

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    Episode 8 of the Kurz Wind Podcast features Maja Jorgensen, sales manager for North America with HOVE Americas. HOVE Americas is known for its trusted maintenance for wind turbines, cement factories, shipping terminals. Quality lubrication and grease cartridges. Listen here!

    • 49 min
    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #7: GE Renewable Energy

    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #7: GE Renewable Energy

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    Episode 7 of the Kurz Wind Podcast features Ben Hart of GE Renewable Energy. Ben is a seasoned veteran within the Wind Industry and has been working with GE Renewable Energy for over 3 years. GE Renewable Energy harnesses the earth’s most abundant resources – the strength of the wind, the heat of the sun and the force of water – to power the world’s biggest economies and the most remote communities. Listen here!

    • 47 min
    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #6: Michigan Turbine Management

    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #6: Michigan Turbine Management

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    Episode 6 of the Kurz Wind Podcast features Matthew Jacobson of Michigan Turbine Management. Matthew is a seasoned veteran within the Wind Industry and is the founder of Michigan Turbine Management. MTM is a Michigan-based renewable energy service provider specializing in Anchor Bolt Tensioning, Preventive Turbine Maintenance, Drone Inspections, & Tool Rentals.

    • 48 min
    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #5: Vestas

    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #5: Vestas

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    Trisha Long, Parts Sales Analyst of Vestas, joined Dan Frantz on the Kurz Wind Podcast for yet another fascinating discussion about the Wind Industry, common challenges for site managers, and the rapid growth of the global Wind Turbine company, Vestas.  She has an impressive background in Wind and has worked at established companies like EDF to a small, dynamic Wind group called Upwind – now acquired by Vestas.
    Who is Vestas?
     
    Vestas is a wind turbine manufacturer that has been in operation for 110 years.  With a 22% global market share as of 2018, the company has become the global leader in sustainable energy resources.  They have warehouses all over the world, including Europe, and continues to evolve with more parts supply coming from various parts of the globe.  In the US, the main warehouse is in Houston, Texas.
    Vestas has mastered the global distribution of parts and focuses on developing great relationships with their vendors.  They use critical site data aggregation to forecast, predict, and maintain high-level site operations while operating with a very lean inventory.
    They’ve also decided to go full steam into digital and E-Commerce.  Shop Vestas is an ongoing project focused on delivering a centralized website for their customers to source all of their parts needs with full transparency.
    In the future, Vestas’ objective is to become an energy solution provider where they will work with other companies to create wind farms to satisfy the global thirst for Renewable Energy resources.
     

    • 30 min
    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #4: Federal Mogul

    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #4: Federal Mogul

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    Kurz Wind Division’s Dan Frantz had the pleasure of interviewing Kumar Nainani of Federal-Mogul.  We sat down with Dr. Kumar to understand more about how Federal-Mogul has become a rapidly growing player in the Wind Energy sector.
     

    • 17 min
    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #3: Mersen

    Kurz Wind Podcast Episode #3: Mersen

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    Kurz Wind Division’s Dan Frantz had the pleasure of interviewing Neel Sheth from Mersen USA.  We sat down with Neel to understand more about how Mersen has become an expert in electrical power and advanced materials within the wind sector.
    Dan F.: Ladies and gentlemen for the third installment of the Kurz industrial solutions one division podcast we have Neel Sheth from Mersen USA. Neel’s wind power applications manager at Mersen USA. Obviously, Mersen is a global expert in electrical power and advanced materials. Mersen designs innovative solutions to address its client’s specific needs and enable them to optimize their operations. They have over sixty-nine hundred employees operating in 35 countries and provide purpose-designed solutions bespoke to customer requirements anywhere on the planet. Neel that’s a pretty big introduction I would say. Obviously, the reputation of the company speaks for itself. Firstly, thanks for coming on this show here and we really do appreciate the time.
    Neel: Thanks for having me and is a great initiative you have there Dan and always are always here to help.

    Neel’s Story
    Dan F.: Yeah absolutely. So, Neel, we’ve got a list of questions here. We’re going to let it kind of free flow so feel free to add in or chime in anything that you like but we’re going to dive right into it. I would imagine you weren’t you know 5 years old telling your parents you wanted to be a wind power engineer maybe you’re the anomaly here. I’m not 100 percent sure but I certainly didn’t think I’d be in the industry even just five years ago right. I’d love for you to take me through some of your background and how you ended up working at a company like Mersen USA and what decisions eventually led you to be in this awesome role that you’re in today.
    Neel: Yeah. So it’s been an interesting journey so far. Actually, I’m an aerospace engineer I started off with a bachelors in aerospace from Russia and wanted to do something offbeat so I ended up in a school there in Russia of all the places. Super cold, as I found out when I went there but after that my focus back then was mostly satellite design and upper stage rockets but then I decided to go for a master’s degree and then ended up at Penn State which actually focuses quite a bit on wind energy in the aerospace department. So that was my foray into wind energy and rotating machines as such. Penn State has a great program. They have two small scale turbines on campus. I think they have a one-kilowatt and then there is a five-kilowatt machine. And after that during grad school, I actually worked at Toulon as an intern in Chicago so which was my ideal exposure to utility-scale when in the U.S. after that it was quite interesting. I was presenting in we are and my research was based on optimizing small scale turbines – what they call distributed wind. And I met the team from Mersen four years ago I would think now. Yeah, that was back in 2015. And since then it was a good fit. They were looking for someone hands-on, I fit the role and I’ve been with them since and it’s been a great journey so far.
    Dan F.: That’s excellent. So, you’re at Penn State, they’ve got a great aerospace program. Did you have to make a decision at any point to go either directly into the wind or go elsewhere and to rockets and other sectors?
    Neel: It was it was quite interesting they offered a range of rotating machinery science but one of the most interesting things I found there was the icing chamber. They actually have a giant fridge with equipment donated by NASA to study icing on blades of rotating machines – either it could be a chopper or it could be a wind turbine. Many wind turbines in cold regions face icing conditions and I’ve seen issues, loss of performance, so there was a big resear

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