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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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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.

    EP72 – Rosemary Barnes Joins to Talk Iron-Air Battery Tech, Automated Blade Finishing & More

    EP72 – Rosemary Barnes Joins to Talk Iron-Air Battery Tech, Automated Blade Finishing & More

    Rosemary Barnes, wind turbine blade and renewables expert, is back on the show as a permanent host, bring a fresh new perspective to the mix. Form Energy, a startup backed by Jeff Bezos, is betting that their iron-air battery technology can transform the power grid. Can it? Plus, we discuss GE's plans for automated blade finishing, a distressed jackup vessel at sea, 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 - EP72 - Rosemary Barnes Joins to Talk Iron-Air Battery Tech, Automated Blade Finishing & More







    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 Podcast. I'm your co-host, Dan Blewett On today's episode, we've got some exciting news. Number one, Rosemary Barnes will be joining us here today, as are our new co-host.







    So, Allen, Allen is it, what do we have to do? Tri-hosts now? What happens here? I don't know. I don't know







    how that works. All right. Three new territory.







    Yeah, it's going to be great. So we'll hear from her in a second. Today's episode is going to be pretty exciting grants. I was battery tech. We're going to talk about this, really this terrible Chinese offshore installer vessel that has capsized.







    We'll talk about the implications of that. I mean, so much offshore wind is is getting going now where, you know, there's going to be accidents like this or talk about the implications there. Some projections and some ideas about engineering as we add offshore wind turbines.







    A really interesting case study of an Oklahoma wind farm that's had a lot of problems with safety and damage. And we'll talk about an SCHUTZE investing in a Wyoming wind farm, which is pretty interesting that more and more of these fossil fuel companies are getting into renewable energy.







    And lastly, we'll talk about ion air batteries, which is a really exciting development and potentially has major implications for the grid. Before we get going, I want to remind you that we need to get you s...

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    Uptime 71 – Australian Power Output Surges; Mocean Wave Energy & Port Infrastructure

    Uptime 71 – Australian Power Output Surges; Mocean Wave Energy & Port Infrastructure

    This week, we discuss the proposed 7.9 billion dollars that are needed for port infrastructure improvements to accommodate the surge in offshore wind in Europe, Australia's booming wind power and renewable output, a huge Australian hydrogen and ammonia plant proposal, Mocean Blue X wave energy technology 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. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!







    Australian Power Output Surgers; Mocean Wave Energy & Port Infrastructure







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    Welcome back. I'm Allen Hall.







    I'm Dan Blewett. And this is the uptimepodcast where we talk about wind energy







    engineering, lightning protection and waysto keep your wind turbines running.







    All right, welcome backto the Uptime Podcast.







    I'm your co-host, DanBlewett on today's show.







    First, we'll talk a little bitabout port infrastructure. Over in Europe.







    It looks like about seven point nine







    billion dollars is the estimateof some upgrades that might be needed







    just to handle some of







    the increased volume of,you know, shipping from offshore wind.







    We'll talk about spiral welded towertechnology, which could be a major player







    as far as, you know, construction on sitewithout having to ship







    these really long towers.







    We'll talk about the emotion borlooX wave energy prototype,







    which is now off the Orkney Islandsin testing phase.







    And the U.S. is actually investing in thatto see if we can get







    some of this wave power upand running on the West Coast.







    And lastly, we will talk about Australiabreaking an output,







    a record with five thousand eighthundred ninety nine megawatts.







    And some of the while,the plans for this very big energy hub







    in the southwest side of Australiato potentially create green hydrogen and







    other fuels for use in heavy industries,power stations, shipping and more.

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    EP70 – Siemens Gamesa Financial Guidance, Plus: Oil Companies Building Wind Farms & Overbuilt Platforms

    EP70 – Siemens Gamesa Financial Guidance, Plus: Oil Companies Building Wind Farms & Overbuilt Platforms

    Companies like BP and Shell are now involved in wind farm projects - this seems like a win for the planet, right? Siemens Gamesa reveals high raw material costs that have caused it to change financial guidance - is this a big deal? Plus, Allen Hall gives his engineering insight into overbuilding structures, and whether digital twin technology can truly help solve the problem of not wasting money on overbuilt structures or machines.







    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. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us!















    Transcript: Siemens Gamesa Financial Guidance, Plus: Oil Companies Building Wind Farms & Overbuilt Platforms







    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 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 Allen Hall.







    I'm Dan Blewett. And this is the uptime podcast where we talk about wind energy engineering, lightning protection and ways to keep your wind turbines running. Welcome back to the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. I'm your co-host Dan Blewett. On today's show.







    We'll chat a little bit about some new financial guidance from Siemens Gamesa, a plans for a Scottish offshore wind farm, some really interesting remote controlled rescue boats that could probably play a pretty important role in personnel rescue out on these offshore wind farms.







    And we'll also talk a little bit about digital twin technology and some new some new studies that have shown that perhaps they can help reduce the amount of steel and other materials needed in these offshore platforms, which is an interesting problem to solve because they're trying to make sure they not only overbuild so they survive, but not







    under build or waste money as well. So we'll chat about all that today in today's episode. Before we get started, I want to remind you, you can sign up for uptime tech news in the show notes below, whether on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever.







    And that's just our weekly email update where you can get a notification that we're hey, we got a new podcast out. You know, jump right to it. Also, some insider tech news from around the Web and some other information that you'll find very valuable if you're trying to stay up on the wind energy market.







    So Allen, my co-host, is here. Let's talk about Siemens Gamesa. So it sounds like along with everything else getting more expensive, steel is really becoming pricey. And so Siemens Gamesa has downgraded some of their guidance on what to expect from them financially for ...

    • 31 min
    EP69 – Why are Some US States Different in Offshore Wind Regulations?

    EP69 – Why are Some US States Different in Offshore Wind Regulations?

    Maine announced an indefinite ban on offshore wind in state waters. California, on the other hand, is a step closer to passing laws establishing wind energy goals, setting the stage for a long relationship with wind energy. Why is there such a big difference between states? Can we expect more of this in the future? Plus, the PowerPod by Halcium 1kW wind turbine, off-shore engineering 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. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 







    Transcript: EP69 - Why are Some US States Different in Offshore Wind Regulations? Plus, PowerPod Wind Turbine







    0:00This 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 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 StrikeTape today to increase uptime tomorrow, learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back.







    0:38I'm Allen Hall.







    0:39I'm Dan Blewett. And this is the uptime podcast where we talk about wind energy engineering, lightning protection and ways to keep your wind turbines running.







    All right, welcome back to the uptime podcast. I'm your co host, Dan Blewett. In today's episode, we're gonna talk about a lightning storm igniting some natural gas from a leak offshore near Mexico, New Jersey versus Maine some of the different legislation that's going on over there as far as use of offshore assets, you know, federal versus state waters, mains put in a big ban on using offshore wind in state waters. So we'll chat through that turbine validation at the galfer wind farm, offshore and then beyond wind to hydrogen project that's getting a little bit of steam, we'll talk about this unique powerpod wind turbine, which is a one kilowatt prototype for residential use. And also we'll talk a little bit about offshore wind, some of the engineering challenges and how ocean cleanup might have a relatable story to some of this unproven technology. Before we get going, let me remind you, you can easily sign up for uptime tech news, which is just our weekly newsletter in the description, or show notes of this podcast. And that's just getting a weekly update from us as hey, here's our latest podcast, check it out. Here's some other news from around the web. So if you're interested in staying up to date, definitely check out uptime tech news in the show notes below. So Alan, how you doing? Sir, let's talk about lightning, your favorite thing. This lightning storm out in the waters near Mexico looks like it ignited some natural gas leak from a pipe, you know, well below the surface.







    2:31So there's a big gas explosion in the Gulf of Mexico next to an oil rig.

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    EP68 – Fisherman, Repowering Old Wind Farms, Plus Carbon Fiber vs Glass Blade Debate

    EP68 – Fisherman, Repowering Old Wind Farms, Plus Carbon Fiber vs Glass Blade Debate

    Are environmental and economic concerns posed by fisherman and advocacy groups valid, given commercial fishing's impact on marine life? We discuss the repowering of a 240MW wind farm in the midwest, along with general implications for old wind turbines, and discuss carbon fiber vs glass fiber in the future of blade construction.







    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. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 















    EP68 Transcript - Fisherman, Repowering Old Wind Farms, Plus Carbon Fiber vs Glass Blade Debate







    0:00This 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 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 StrikeTape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast. Welcome back.







    0:38I'm Allen Hall.







    0:39I'm Dan Blewett. And this is the uptime podcast where we talk about wind energy engineering, lightning protection and ways to keep your wind turbines running.







    All right, welcome back to the uptime podcast. I'm your co host Dan Blewett. On today's episode, we're gonna talk about the levelized cost of energy. So renewable, renewable sources, including solar and wind are now the lowest to electricity forms, which is pretty cool news. We'll talk a little bit about fishermen and some of their worries some of their woes as far as offshore wind coming to the US. Siemens Gamesa has their 11 megawatt offshore turbine now certified as typhoon resistant. We'll talk a little bit about glass first carbon fiber repowering for old wind farms, and some of the challenges and just interesting tech involved there. So before we get going wanna remind you that in the description of this podcast, whether you're on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, number one, leave us a review, we'd really appreciate it. But number two, you'll find uptime tech news, which is our new weekly newsletter, you can easily subscribe to that and just get a notification from us every Thursday morning, when the podcast drops. So it's right on your inbox, you can click through or listen to the new episode, as well as get some other interesting tech news from around the web, as well as clips from the past. Pat from past episodes, so be sure to sign up for uptime tech news in the description of this podcast. So Alan, how are you sir, let's start with the levelized cost of energy. renewable sources are now cheaper than ever, and solar is in the number one spot with a $37 cost. And onshore wind is now second with $40 per megawatt hour. So this has been a pretty big change a long time coming, the this cost decrease. And now well below gas and other other other forms







    2:40it has in the latest data is interesting to look at. on the solar side,

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    EP67 – Wind Tech Falls Inside Blade; GE Test Blade Tip Add-ons; Plus New Tallest Turbine?

    EP67 – Wind Tech Falls Inside Blade; GE Test Blade Tip Add-ons; Plus New Tallest Turbine?

    A wind turbine technician fell down the inside of a wind turbine blade, prompting a successful rescue effort despite a scary situation. Will we see more of this with an increase in blade interior diameters? Plus we talk about misinformation and GE's recent press about testing blade tip aerodynamic add-ons. Watch this episode on YouTube 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. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! 















    Transcript: Wind Tech Falls Inside Blade; GE Test Blade Tip Add-ons; Plus New Tallest Turbine?







    0:00This 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 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 StrikeTape today to increase uptime tomorrow. Learn more in the show notes of today's podcast.







    0:37Welcome back. I'm Allen Hall. I'm Dan Blewett. And this is the uptime podcast where we talk about wind energy engineering, lightning protection and ways to keep your wind turbines running.







    0:57All right, welcome back to the uptime podcast. This is Episode 67. I'm your co host, Dan Blewett. On today's episode, we're going to talk about some disinformation maybe just a good meme. But we'll talk about the continued trend of the internet, sometimes ruining everything. We'll also chat about some, you know, a really scary incident with a wind turbine tech recently out of Iowa fell down the inside of a blade rescue effort and was successful, it was mostly unharmed. But still interesting thing with some interesting implications. We'll talk about some work GE is doing their ta project trying to get a little more aerodynamic efficiency out of their offshore blades, and a really interesting cast in place concrete tower concept. So before I kick it to my co host, Allen Hall, just remember we've got uptime tech news is our new newsletter, you can sign up in the description of this podcast below whether you're on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, wherever. And that's just our monthly, it's not our monthly that's our weekly update, where we're going to send you the new podcasts, some great news from around the web, new tech, all the stuff that we're keeping you up to date on so if you enjoy the show, you'll definitely enjoy just getting our weekly uptime tech news update. So sign up for that in the show notes of this podcast. So Alan, how you doing sir? Let's first let's talk about some disinformation. So first, on Facebook, this thing just started going around. It's like Haha, look at this wind turbine that melted in the Texas heat. And they showed one of those photos which are crazy photos of. So it sounds like this was a turbine damaged by a storm where basically all three blades were damaged and essentially just wilted.

    • 30 min

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