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Mar 14, 2016
Predictive technologies have provided onshore wind farm operators with new cost-saving tools to plan spare parts strategies and operators are taking a more hands-on approach to component logistics.
Feb 15, 2016
Portugal’s Iberwind has increased the availability of its wind farms by around 4% since 2007 and expects further performance improvements following trailblazing tests on yaw alignment and blade aerodynamics, Rui Maia, Iberwind’s Operation and Maintenance Manager, said.
Jan 31, 2016
Advances in component manufacturing and performance forecasting are set to halve the number of gearbox faults within a few years, Edwin Hidding, GE product manager, said.
Jan 18, 2016
Firms in markets offering low incentives for repowering have developed cost efficient maintenance which can expand lifespans by as much as ten years and improve condition monitoring systems to maximize profits.
Dec 16, 2015
Improving spare-parts strategies can slice fault-related downtimes for onshore turbines and many plant operators are storing some components just a few hours away, sector experts said.
Dec 16, 2015
New technology which accelerates data analysis and improves component monitoring is forecast to drive the European onshore wind industry towards predictive operations and maintenance models in 2016.
Oct 23, 2015
The UK Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult center is in talks with a number of firms to join its $1.5 million (GBP1 million) project aimed at reducing the impact of turbine blade erosion and cutting electricity output costs, Andy Kay, ORE’s engineering lead for the program, said.
Sep 29, 2015
Midwest utility Alliant Energy has lowered Operations and Maintenance costs by using preventive maintenance and a hybrid service model that leverages internal turbine expertise and third party service providers, Michelle Arenson, Regional Director of Wind Generation and Operations at Alliant Energy told Wind Energy Update.
Aug 4, 2015
Orders for Aairteam’s remote inspection products have exploded since the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) eased legislation on commercial drone use earlier this year, Grant Leaverton, General Manager of the company told Wind Energy Update.
Jul 15, 2015
Leading wind data analysts Sciemus Wind will join RWE Innogy, a major European utility in innovative data-centric asset management, in a free webinar on July 28 at 14:00 BST (13:00 UTC) where they will provide insights on how to intelligently inform the day-to-day management of a utility’s onshore assets in the field by effectively using Big Data.
Jul 5, 2015
An investment of only Eur10,000 ($11,100) in data-driven preventive maintenance systems can help prevent the failure of crucial components such as the gearbox, which can cost Eur300,000 to replace, Mario Giagnotti, O&M Manager at BKW Italia, told Wind Energy Update.
Jun 3, 2015
Higher efficiency from preventative and predictive maintenance can significantly lower O&M costs, Larry Freeman, EDF’s Business Development Manager- Asset Administration, said.
May 19, 2015
Wind O&M prices have fallen by an estimated 20-30% in the last five years on increased competition and providers must develop innovative offerings as operators seek further savings, Peter Wells CEO of Upwind Solutions, an Independent Service Provider, said.
May 11, 2015
Power plant closures and hiking transmission costs are driving up US utilities' investment in energy storage, John Jung, CEO of Greensmith, an energy storage services firm, told Wind Energy Update.