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Dallas, TX, United States, 2010/09/30 - Kevin Alewine, of Shermco Industries, recently presented a paper on “Wind Turbine Generator Reliability – Predictable Failures, Causes and Suggestions” at the UWIG Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance Users Group Meeting in Austin, Texas.
Kevin Alewine, director of renewable energy services for Shermco Industries, recently presented a paper on “Wind Turbine Generator Reliability – Predictable Failures, Causes and Suggestions” at the Utility Wind Integration Group Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance Users Group Meeting in Austin, Texas.
Alewine’s paper identified the most common failure modes of wind turbine generators, provided failure frequency analysis and included suggestions for improving reliability by proper installation and maintenance.
“In this growing industry, it is imperative that we gain a more comprehensive understanding of why wind turbine generators fail, and also how failures might be prevented,” said Alewine. “UWIG is an organization dedicated to furthering the collective knowledge of this industry and I hope I can contribute to a better overall understanding of wind turbine generator reliability.”
Alewine, a 30-year veteran of electrical insulation system evaluation and specification, also recently co-authored a statistical study on the failure modes in wind turbine generators, which was based on data from nearly two gigawatts of repaired, refurbished or remanufactured wind turbine generators.
“Wind energy production is increasing rapidly throughout the United States, so it’s important that we, as energy services professionals, stay up-to-date with current best practices and work towards better solutions for wind producers across the country.”
Shermco Industries (shermco.com) is a provider of safe, reliable testing, repair, professional training, maintenance and analysis of rotating apparatus and electrical power distribution systems and related equipment for the light, medium, and heavy industrial base nationwide. Founded in 1974 in Dallas, the company is comprised of two strategic business units; the Machine Services Division and the Engineering Services Division. With a corporate location in Irving, Texas, a sales office in Brussels and service centers in Austin, Cedar Rapids, Houston, Sweetwater, and Tulsa, Shermco Industries has over 350 full-time employees. The company is a member in good standing with the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, American Wind Energy Association, Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League, and the InterNational Electrical Testing Association.