Entrepreneur Proposes Wind-Turbine Gear Factory For Indiana

September 12, 2011 – 

You might think the U.S. has lots of gear-making capacity, so why would a start-up envision a factory capable of more of the same? The answer lies in the size of the gears planned by Vela Gear Systems CEO Noel Davis. Gears required in the wind industry can be in excess of 6 ft in diameter, while gearboxes weigh up to 20 tons. In addition, the nation has more than 30,000 utility grade wind turbines, where every year more approach the end of their warrantees and some near retirement. This means many may need gearbox repairs or replacements…

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