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The top 10 countries boosting wind power capacity

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 7, 2017 2:11:15 PM



According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) the total world power generation capacity for the sector is now fast approaching 500GW.

The recent surge in installation is illustrated by the statistic that 241GW (nearly half of the world’s capacity), has been commissioned within the past five years.

Recently, the Paris Agreement was officially ratified by the 55 countries, confirming a global push to reduce global warming over the next century.  Wind power is going to play a huge part in achieving this goal, which will bring plenty of opportunities for wind turbine manufacturers and equipment suppliers such as Mirage Machines. 

Mirage has provided orbital milling machines, used for wind turbine blades and towers for many years. (Full technical specifications can be found in the orbital milling buyers guide download and on the Mirage Machines website).

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Although slightly down on the previous year, 2016 was a strong year for the wind power sector, with just under 55GW of new capacity installed worldwide. 

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So which countries were the busiest in 2016 and what is their total capacity?

Using data from a recently published GWEC report, we’re able to bring you a summary of information in a simple read infographic format. For a quick snapshot view the image below, or for a clearer and closer look we recommend you click here to download the illustration in Pdf format.

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Topics: orbital milling machine, wind turbine blade repair

How orbital milling machines are used for wind turbine manufacture

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

2015 was an unprecedented year for the wind industry with more than 63 GW of new wind power capacity being brought on line.  Construction of huge turbines to meet this increased demand presents difficult challenges for manufacturers, including the accuracy of the machined faces on the tower and on the rotor blades.

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Topics: On-site machining, orbital milling machine, wind turbine blade repair

5 bespoke portable machine tools that solved on-site machining problems

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 22, 2016 9:02:00 AM


bespoke-machines-for-oil-and-gas-industry1.pngDespite the vast array of on-site portable machine tools now available for service companies and plant maintenance engineers, new projects can throw up some unique and unexpected challenges where only a purpose designed product can solve the problem. The Mirage in-house design team has come to the rescue of many of these customers and here’s 5 examples of machines specially developed to solve some very specific and difficult problems.

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Topics: On-site machining, Oil and Gas Industry, wind turbine blade repair, cnc milling machine, portable machining

Infographic: Power Plant Maintenance - Costs, Strategies and Optimisation

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM


This infographic shows which power plant types are the most costly to maintain,  the benefits of maintenance planning and the pillars of successful plant maintenance optimisation. Find out what style of manager you are. Are you a Tasmanian Devil, Wile E Coyote or Mr Magoo? 

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Topics: On-site machining, flanges, valves, gantry milling machine, power plant maintenance, machining skids, wind turbine blade repair

Mirage attends NDA Supply Chain Conference and RenewableUK

Posted by Simon Pownall on Nov 14, 2014 12:30:00 PM

The Mirage team has been out and about at key industry events this month.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, wind turbine blade repair



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