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Although Europe is a vast, sprawling continent bursting with innovation, our Asian cousins are old hands at taking a sideways look at the world - as these ingenious turbines from Japan clearly illustrate. At the recent Yokohama Renewable Energy Exhibition, Japanese technology threw-up some exciting developments for the sector, including this revolutionary turbine system that could turn wind energy production on its head.At the end of 2009, the worldwide capacity of wind power generators stood at 159.2 gigawatts, generating 340 TWh per annum (equivalent to about 2% of worldwide electricity usage), according the World Wind Energy Association's annual report. Much of the potential increase in renewable energy around the world can come from wind but significant investments will need to be made, including in offshore wind farms.To cope with various social, meteorological and topographical situations, wind technology has developed much over the years. Notable steps are the growth in the size of rotors, allowing a higher volume of electricity to be generated; the installation of variable-speed turbines with rotors capable of handling increases and decreases in wind speed, thus mitigating power fluctuation and noise pollution; and construction of offshore floating turbines to harness consistent and strong winds, some of which

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Finding clean energy is one of the biggest concerns of our times. Global warming and the limited availability of fossil fuels are just two factors in the hunt for alternative energy solutions. One key player in the battle to solve the world's energy problems is wind power. Lately wind power turbines have become state-of-the-art power stations that achieve an operational reliability of more than 98 per cent. This in turn means that all components must be extremely reliable - which is where HELUKABEL comes in

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PES regularly publishes exclusive features from Rickmers-Linie, but we've never had the honour of a face-to-face interview with any of the company's executives. Until now. We travelled to Hamburg to catch-up with the Director of Marketing and Sales, Gerhard Janssen, to find out a little more about him, his organisation, and his thoughts on the future of the industry.PES: Welcome to PES magazine, can you firstly explain a little about your role and how it impacts upon the wind industry?Gerhard Janssen: Rickmers-Linie is one of the world's leading specialists in the global transportation of breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo by sea.The company is part of Rickmers Group, which offers diversified activities in the fields of liner shipping, ship-owning and ship-management, investments and real estate as well as maritime-related services. The wind industry is a key industrial sector with high significance for Rickmers-Linie. Consequently, we are following closely the development in this industry and offer transport solutions to our customers.PES: How did you first become involved in the industry?GH: After finishing college and two years in the German navy, I worked in a liner agency based in Bremen that represented Hansa-Line, HAPAG and Lykes Lines amongst others.Hansa-Line and Lykes Lines,

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For Frank Scheuch, Managing Director of Intellifast GmbH, the success of a company relies on many interconnecting ingredients. PES picks up once again with the engaging wind power executive to discuss how his company is constantly evolving with the times to meet the demands of the market.PES: Welcome back to PES magazine. For the benefit of readers who might not be familiar with your company, can you explain a little about your operation and how you serve the wind industry?Frank Scheuch: Intellifast provides accurate and reliable bolt load assembly, documentation and monitoring tools to multiple industries by means of transducerised and bar-coded bolts. The ultrasonic transducers make it possible to control hydraulic tightening tools at the precise target bolt preload. Previously, this level of control was only possible with tensioners.The Intellifast ultrasonic bolt load system is independent of the tightening process and can provide up to three per cent load measurement accuracy after the process. The assembler can now meet design load accuracy requirements with lighter, faster and lower working pressure tools. The bar code in combination with the transducer delivers 100 per cent traceability and a complete documentation package in assembly and maintenance with a handheld battery powered box.The

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Wind turbines are extremely sophisticated pieces of machinery and require an application-specific expertise to maximise their life and profitability. The main gearbox is a particularly critical component of the wind turbine that needs careful consideration from a lubrication perspective. Recently, PES had the opportunity to speak with Michael Hawkins, Global Brand Manager for Mobil SHC products at ExxonMobil, about the wind industry and how high performance lubricants can help companies stay ahead of the competition.PES: How long has ExxonMobil been developing lubricants for wind turbines?Michael Hawkins: ExxonMobil has been pioneering synthetic lubricant technologies for nearly half a century and has a long-standing reputation for serving the most demanding applications - and wind turbines are extremely demanding. More than a decade ago, ExxonMobil entered into a research and development collaboration with a major gearbox manufacturer to explore a synthetic-based lubricant solution to address the micro-pitting issue that was prevalent in using traditional hydrocarbon base stocks.This cooperation led to the introduction of Mobilgear SHC XMP 320, the new generation synthetic gear oil for wind turbines, brought to the market by Mobil Industrial Lubricants. Today, Mobilgear SHC XMP 320 is used in more than 30,000 wind turbines worldwide and is the initial-fill

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All eyes in the industry will shortly be on the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition taking place from 6-10 September at the Feria Valencia fairground in Spain. Here PES presents its exclusive preview of the event which could not have come at a more crucial time for the industry.This year's PV Industry Exhibition will spread over eight large exhibition halls at the Feria Valencia fairground, covering an exhibition area of 80,000 sq m.Following requests, the exhibition area has been further extended this year compared to 65,000 sq m in Hamburg last year, to accommodate more than 950 exhibitors from around the world. Manufacturers and suppliers of PV production equipment and materials will account for some 40 per cent while manufacturers of cells and modules will be occupying 37 per cent of the total exhibition space and represent the two largest PV industry sectors at this 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC).For some years now, EU PVSEC has combined a respected international scientific conference with a renowned PV Industry Exhibition and trade fair. During five days of conference and four days of trade fair, new products and technical innovations from all areas of the

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As head of one of the ‘greenest companies' in America, Pall's Keith Webb has a duty not only to his stakeholders, but also to the global community as a whole. It's a responsibility he ably administers, driven by a zeal for innovation and corporate success. Here, he tells PES about the company's rapid growth, its creative technological developments, and its focus on European operations.PES: Welcome back to PES magazine, can you tell us how your company has been performing within the wind market since we last spoke?KW: Pall Corporation's wind energy business has grown tremendously over the past few years. Sales, to this application, doubled last year. We have expanded our reach away from our traditional European base towards America and Asia. The key wind turbine application currently in our portfolio is the protection of the turbine gearbox lubrication system for bearings and gears. Pall filters are also used to protect the hydraulic systems inside the nacelle. PES: And how much of your total business is now dedicated to wind energy? Is this still an area in which you wish to see continued growth?KW: From one per cent five years ago, wind energy is fast approaching 10 per cent of

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A 176 year-old-operation, Rickmers-Linie is a member of the Hamburg-based Rickmers Group and provides a worldwide network of liner services for the transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes such as transformers, generators, railway locomotives - and of course, wind turbines. PES once again caught up with the company's Director of Marketing and Sales, Gerhard Janssen.PES: Welcome back to PES magazine. For the benefit of readers who might not be familiar with your company, can you explain a little about your operation and how you serve the wind industry?Gerhard Janssen: Rickmers-Linie is a leading liner carrier specialised for the transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes. We operate a Round-The-World Pearl String Service, which connects the industrial centres of the world on an eastbound rotation with fortnightly departures.Furthermore, we have a service from Europe to the Middle East and India, as well as the services in the Pacific, which are the westbound service from the US East Coast via the Panama Canal to Northern China, South Korea and Japan, as well as our brand new NCS Service linking Japan, South Korea and China with ports on the Northern Coast of South America, in the Caribbean and finally Philadelphia.PES: What's the

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