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Uptime is a renewable energy podcast focused on wind energy and energy storage technologies. Experts Allen Hall, Rosemary Barnes, Joel Saxum, and Phil Totaro break down the latest research, tech, and policy.

The Uptime Wind Energy Podcast Allen Hall, Rosemary Barnes, Joel Saxum & Phil Totaro

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Uptime is a renewable energy podcast focused on wind energy and energy storage technologies. Experts Allen Hall, Rosemary Barnes, Joel Saxum, and Phil Totaro break down the latest research, tech, and policy.

    EmpathCMS: Fast, Non-Invasive Fault Detection for Wind Turbines

    EmpathCMS: Fast, Non-Invasive Fault Detection for Wind Turbines

    Allen Hall interviews Dr. Howard Penrose, president and founder of MotorDoc LLC, about the groundbreaking EmpathCMS electrical signature analysis system. Dr. Penrose explains how the technology can quickly and non-invasively detect developing faults in wind turbine components like generators, gearboxes, and bearings, helping to optimize maintenance and prevent unplanned downtime.







    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!







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    Allen Hall: Welcome to the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. I'm your host, Allen Hall. Our guest today is Dr. Howard Penrose, the president and founder of MotorDoc LLC, and the creator of the groundbreaking EnPath electrical signature analysis system. Dr. Penrose has over 30 years of experience in the field, authoring books, presenting at conferences worldwide, and providing training and consulting services to numerous industries, including wind energy.







    The Empath system Dr. Penrose developed is a cutting edge tool for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of electrical assets like motors, generators, and transformers. By analyzing the unique electrical signatures of equipment, Empath can detect developing faults early, preventing unplanned downtime, optimizing maintenance, and extending equipment life.







    Howard, welcome to the program.







    Howard Penrose: Thank you very much. And I just have to correct you on one thing. And that's the Empath system was actually originally developed at Oak Ridge National Labs and is is, construct, is basically built and maintained by Framatome ANP, which is International Nuclear Power Company.







    We are their non nuclear distributor and researcher. Large portion of what we do at MotorDoc is research the applications for electrical signature analysis and develop the algorithms.







    Allen Hall: So this is, we have a magician here today, so to speak, because the whole thing about wind energy and when you talk to the engineers is the vast majority of them are mechanical engineers.







    Drivetrain, blades, right? They know a lot about how the turbine works mechanically. But it is an electrical machine. It's there to produce electricity. And that means there's a lot of electric motors and obviously one big generator on the turbine. And that's the heart of the system. And that's the part that we really need to work.







    What? I think you guys have done is interesting because you'...

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    Ørsted Settles in NJ, Vestas Restructures, Belgium Objects to French Offshore Wind Farm

    Ørsted Settles in NJ, Vestas Restructures, Belgium Objects to French Offshore Wind Farm

    Ørsted and New Jersey settle their dispute over cancelled offshore wind farms, Belgium objects to a French offshore wind farm near Dunkirk, Vestas merges its technology and manufacturing divisions, a new blade root bushing repair method is patented by We4Ce, and details on NextEra's Hubbard Wind Project in Texas.







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    Allen Hall: Over in the UK, and this is the only place where I think this would Obviously occur for multiple reasons. Adam Spencer, a serial thief from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was recently caught and sentenced after a string of burglaries and shoplifting incidents. Most notable theft, 17 tubes of Pringles potato chips, all stolen in one go.







    When arrested by police, Spencer reportedly quipped, Once you pop, you can't stop. A reference to Pringle's famous advertising slogan. But Prince's crime spree went beyond just chips. He broke into the same Iceland shop twice in one morning, stealing meat and then returning a couple hours later to steal over 300 pounds worth of additional stock.







    Okay this is gonna become the Pringle's defense. It has to be, right? Once you pop, you can't stop. I like it. Rosemary are we would call them potato chips in the United States, but they're called other things in other places. Are they popular in Australia?







    Rosemary Barnes: No, they're they're chips in Australia.







    They're crisps in the UK.







    Joel Saxum: Are they popular and or would you be willing to steal 17 tubes of them?







    Rosemary Barnes: I certainly wouldn't. Wouldn't steal them. It's hard to imagine how you could sneak out 17 tubes of Pringles in one go. So that's, obviously I guess they, they didn't because they were caught, but yeah, no, I think, I don't know with chips, I I don't like them particularly, but if they're there, I'll eat them and then regret it.







    So I would not. I would not keep 17 tubes in my house because there's, it's hard to, It's hard to eat healthy foods while you've got Pringles available. Even if I don't like them. I don't, yeah, I guess ones you probably can't stop.







    Allen Hall: A Belgian minister has joined several coastal municipalities in filing an objection against a large wind farm off the coast of Dunkirk, France. And if you remember Dunkirk, France is the place where the British removed all their coal. Troops at the beginning of world war two very famous place The plans would build 46 wind turbi...

    Muehlhan’s Endiprev Acquisition, Energy Capital’s $4.4B Fund, FiberLine’s Production Shift

    Muehlhan’s Endiprev Acquisition, Energy Capital’s $4.4B Fund, FiberLine’s Production Shift

    Muehlhan Wind Service acquires a controlling interest in Portugal's Endiprev to create a global front runner in wind installation and maintenance services. Energy Capital Partners raises over $4.4 billion for its latest fund focused on power generation, renewables, and decarbonization infrastructure. FiberLine Composites is moving all production from Denmark to India over competition from Chinese manufacturers, while also working on domesticating some production in the U.S. to take advantage of tax credits.







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    Allen Hall: I'm Allen Hall, president of Weather Guard Lightning Tech, and I'm here with the founder and CEO of IntelStor, Phil Totaro, and the chief commercial officer of Weather Guard, Joel Saxum, and this is your News Flash. News Flash is brought to you by your friends at IntelStor. If you want market intelligence that generates revenue, then book a demonstration of IntelStor at IntelStor. com.







    Danish company Muehlhan Wind Service has acquired a controlling interest in Endiprev, a Portugal based company specializing in commissioning and electrical work for the wind industry. This acquisition aims to create a global front runner in wind installation and maintenance services. Endiprev will continue to operate under its existing brand with current executive management team remaining in place.







    Muehlhan has expanded significantly over the past seven years and has acquired several companies in the last 18 months. And Phil, this seems to be the trend in any sort of repair, maintenance company is to acquire, acquire, acquire.







    Philip Totaro: At this point, yes, Allen. And it's interesting because we've talked over the past, six to 12 months about Any number of different deals where companies have either kind of merged together an EPC contracting capability with maintenance services or maintenance providers getting together in some cases, maintenance providers acquiring supply chain, smaller, tier three or four supply chain companies as well.







    So, I mean, this is, it's starting to get serious. We've talked on the show before about, the increased need for maintenance services, quality of maintenance services, et cetera. And this puts Muehlhan and, and Endiprev in in a really great position globally.







    Joel Saxum: Yeah. So if you aren't familiar with kind of what this business model looks like as it expands is Endiprev being a basically front end commissioning services company, they do a lot of build outs.

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    Wind Catching Systems: Offshore Modular Multirotor Technology

    Wind Catching Systems: Offshore Modular Multirotor Technology

    Rosemary interviews Ivar Knutsen, Senior VP of Technical and Supply Chain at Wind Catching Systems, to discuss their innovative floating offshore wind concept. Wind Catching's design features a grid of small wind turbines that benefit from the multirotor effect and enable easier installation and maintenance compared to traditional large offshore turbines. Wind Catching will also present at the Multi Rotor 2024 seminar June 12-13. You can find more information here: https://multirotor24.zohobackstage.eu/MR24.







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    Rosemary Barnes: Welcome to a special episode of the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. I'm your host, Rosie Barnes, and I have today with me Ivar Knutsen who is the Senior Vice President for Technical and Supply Chain at Wind Catching. Thanks for joining us, Ivar.







    Ivar Knutsen: Thank you for inviting us, Rosie.







    Rosemary Barnes: Okay, so for those who don't know, I'm just gonna quickly start by summarizing what the concept of Wind Catching is.







    So basically it's a grid of wind turbines that is floating offshore. So you've got a whole lot of small wind turbine turbines arranged in the grid, and they're benefiting from being close to together with the multirotor effect, which we'll get into later. And obviously there's also, more modularity all the.







    Turbines are arranged in this grid so that they can all yaw at the same time to face a differing wind direction. And yeah I'll hand it over to you Eva to explain more about what the concept is and yeah, why you decided that this was a, an interesting company to get involved with.







    Ivar Knutsen: It has become apparent to us that there are fundamental differences Between a bottom fixed and a floating wind turbine and they those differences are so big that you might need to Take a second look at that, you need to maybe consider a completely new approach to the design, but also to the operation.







    So we find that multi rotors have three or four key benefits. One is that you're actually able to avoid. The infamous tow to port. If the turbines are sufficiently small, you can handle them offshore and perform a turbine replacement offshore without using a crane vessel. You just need to bring people aboard a unit as long as you have the right technology to, to do that.

    Blade Platforms: Revolutionizing Blade Repair Access

    Blade Platforms: Revolutionizing Blade Repair Access

    In this episode, Petr Bartusek from Blade Platforms discusses how their truck-mounted platforms, capable of safely reaching over 100 meters, are transforming wind turbine blade repair access. With increased speed, skill utilization, and 24-hour shift capabilities, using Blade Platforms minimizes turbine downtime and maximizes efficiency in blade repair campaigns.







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    Allen Hall: Welcome to the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. I'm your host, Allen Hall, along with my co host, Joel Saxum, today, we're tackling a critical issue in the wind industry. Accessing wind turbine blades for repairs. And our guest is Petr Bartusek, commercial VP of Blade Platforms. And Blade Platforms is a truck mounted platform company based in Abilene, Texas.







    And with wind turbines hubs reaching new heights, traditional repair access methods can be slow and inefficient. Blade Platforms solves this problem with a fleet of machines that can safely reach over 100 meters, allowing technicians to quickly and efficiently repair blades while minimizing turbine downtime.







    Today, Petr will share how Blade Platforms is transforming blade repair access and discuss the future of this innovative company in the wind industry. Petr, welcome to the show.







    Petr Bartusek: All right. Thanks for having me.







    Allen Hall: So Joel and I happened to visit your facility in Abilene. And the reason we did was because of speed.







    It comes down to quickness and our strike click take application where we're touching a lot of blades, we have to get up and down very quickly because we touched so many blades simultaneously, which is a common industry problem. If you're going to fix one blade pretty easy, you can use whatever method.







    But when we're. At some farms that have a hundred, 200, 300 plus turbines, it becomes so slow and efficient that there has to be a new way to do it, a faster way to get on blade and to make repairs. And this is where we stopped. And Abilene met with your folks down there at Blade Platforms. It is impressive the speed at which you guys move and it has really changed the industry.







    And we, Joel and I have been around a lot of parts of Texas and Oklahoma and we see Blade Platforms. And now we understand why, because you're really changing the industry.

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    Siemens Gamesa Cuts Jobs, Wind Worker Shortage, and Wind-Powered Ships

    Siemens Gamesa Cuts Jobs, Wind Worker Shortage, and Wind-Powered Ships

    The team discusses the job cuts at Siemens Gamesa and the challenges of finding skilled wind energy workers in the U.S. They also touch on Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and MOL Drybulk's move to outfit ships with wind propulsion technology from Anemoi Marine Technologies to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.







    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!







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    Allen Hall: Residents in Evan an English Town are complaining about the noisy chickens. There was a flock about 100 feral chickens. Now, Joel, down in Texas, you have feral hogs. They are everywhere. But I have not seen feral chickens. Feral chickens are easier to get a hold of.







    Joel Saxum: Then the feral hogs, I think, but the chickens you got to watch out for because they can't survive in the heat by themselves They got to







    Allen Hall: have some shade.







    Dude, do chickens travel in packs like wolves? You know what I'm saying? What is it? What does a feral chicken flock look like?







    Joel Saxum: I don't know if it's the same they have the same goals as a flock of wolves or a pack of wolves But they do travel in groups like







    Allen Hall: turkeys it's this, it's something that happens down in Australia too, Rosemaridia, feral chickens.







    It seems like a UK event.







    Rosemary Barnes: No, we have native chickens. There's a lot of native, they're just a native bird. That is a kind of chicken, and yeah, they run around being chickens in the wild.







    Allen Hall: It seems like the chickens are the most defenseless creatures on the planet, right? And because one, they're so tasty, and two, they have no defenses.







    Rosemary Barnes: They play chicken.







    Allen Hall: Ah, the sage grouse is worse.







    Rosemary Barnes: Yeah, the pheasant is the stupidest animal, the stupidest bird, I think that's why I always think it's yeah, like particularly lame when people go hunting for pheasants, which I found out in Denmark that they're not even native. They bring, they found a stupid pheasant.







    Stupid easy to kill bird and then they restock it for all these people to hunt. It's so sad.







    Joel Saxum: I once referred to pheasant hunting in the United States as the bowling of hunting.







    Rosemary Barnes: Like you could run up and grab one with your hands. They're so dumb.







    Philip Totaro: No skill required.

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