Drivetrain Components Reliability And Optimisation Forum

Drivetrain Component Reliability Forum And Optimisation Forum

Forum Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 2017

Registration And Refreshments


Chair's Opening Remarks


Keynote: Financial And Investment Perspective On Drivetrain Reliability And Impact On Your Project’s Success


Life-Cycle Cost Challenges From An Owner Operator’s Perspective

  • Taking into account failures of gearboxes and generators in early life

  • Cost relation to the capability of suppliers to manufacture gearboxes that are reliable

  • Forecast and budgets: when to upgrade, repair or replace?

  • Failure models and practical examples on minimising failures

  • Quality assurance and durability requirements

  • Refurbishment of drivetrain

    • What standards do we request to suppliers to push them on the 20+ years promise?

    • What kind of testing do we request?



Advanced Turbine Analysis - How To Interpret Your Turbine Data, Prioritise It And Extract Value From It


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


How To Identify The Main Sources Of Faults And Predict Those That Will Turn Into Failures

  • Failure analysis and turbine reliability performance

  • Preventing failures through periodic repair and testing techniques

  • Gearbox service technology and site access suitability

  • Managing failure control in order to reduce downtime

Practical Experience On How To Achieve Better Understanding Of Gearbox Failures And Improved Reliability

  • Best practises used to set up an internal condition monitoring centre

  • Addressing gearbox repair challenges and consequent necessity for fault detection

  • Quickly and efficiently detect and remedy faults, failures and fatigue quicker

  • Oil and lubrication solutions to improve reliability of gearboxes


Networking Lunch 



Streamlining And Fine Tuning Your Predictive Maintenance Regime To Avoid Unexpected Costs

How many times have you heard colleagues and peers complaining about lack of knowledge and data sharing in the Wind industry? And, how many times did you all agree that the ultimate goal is to provide energy at affordable prices by bringing down O&M costs through preventative maintenance?

This session has been designed for audience participation and knowledge sharing with no excuses! Instead of slowly passing around a stick microphone, simply throw the soft catchbox to the first person in the room who’s meeting your eyes!

Delegates are encouraged to come along with ideas, comments and provocative questions for their peers. This is a self-moderated session so there won’t be such thing as hiding in corners!


Improving Performance Through Calculations And Loads Of Core Drivetrain Components

  • Calculations based on turbine production and how much lifetime has been consumed

  • Developing a service to calculate how long their turbines have left to operate and what can be done to extend their working lives

  • Looking specifically at the gearbox and bearing in order to calculate the earliest point of cracks and problems occurring in components

  • Simulating the outcome of different solutions — such as replacing a part, re-rating the turbine through operations, or making an oil change

  • Giving the owner valuable information on which they can they can base their decision


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

The “Servitisation” Disruption And Asset Management Strategies


OEM’s Case Study: From Turbine Manufacturer To Service Provider

  • The change in business model and revenue streams to ensure a better service to owner operators

  • The “availability” phenomenon and how this is going to impact O&M costs  

  • Change of revenue streams and effect on the service providers’ market

Reducing Downtime Through Effective Logistics And Spare Parts Service Optimisation

  • Root cause analysis and service optimisation

  • Avoiding part exchange delays due to high speed wind and uneasy atmospheric conditions

  • Effectively disassembling components on site by building on technicians’ knowledge

  • How to best choose your service provider by looking at

    • track record

    • range of brands serviced

    • geographical expertise


The Role Of Asset Management In Reducing O&M Costs Whilst Maximizing Profitability And Prolonging A Fleet’s Lifetime 

  • Extend lead time by planning ahead

  • Optimising spare parts replacement  

  • Avoiding failures due to mistakes during installation, design, wear out, damage or fatigue

  • Understand how extended lead-time translates to substantial savings

  • What information do you need from your drivetrain to make the right choices for your fleet?


Speed Networking

Realising the importance of connecting with your peers, we organised a moderated networking session where delegates are prompted to meet others in brief 3-minute rounds. The moderator will be keeping track of time and announcing participants when to switch partners.

Make sure you bring lots of business cards along with you!


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close Of Day One

Forum Day 2 - Wednesday 24 May 2017

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Chair's Welcome And Opening Remarks

New Design Advancements And Manufacturing Challenges


New vs. Older Turbine Designs: Does Technology Innovation Mean Improvement But Also Different Challenges?

  • Future gearbox designs and hybrids - fine tuning the manufacturing process

  • Comparing the vibration level between old and new designs to assess failure mode

  • How are new gearbox designs going to improve lifetime and power production compared to older turbines?  

  • New designs: Is there going to be a knowledge gap to deal with fault prevention?  


Testing And Field Verification Measures Of Components, Sensors And Upgrades  

  • Failure mechanism of gearboxes: where do they come from? How to prevent them long term

  • Going back to manufacturing to prevent cracks and defects

  • New designs - relying on the information OEMs provide and creating a trustworthy relationship

  • Testing components and sensors to validate responsiveness to different climates and atmospheric conditions


Hybrid Designs: When Gearboxes And Generators Become One

  • Meeting the industry's pressing need for greater reliability

  • Combining a simplified medium-speed gearbox with a mid-speed permanent magnet generator

  • Simplifying the power train and improve performance and reliability

  • Reaching the goal of having a simpler and more reliable gearbox, with a generator of comparable size


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments


OEM’s Perspective On Direct Drive Technology Developments  

  • Simplifying the nacelle systems in order to increase reliability, efficiency and avoid gearbox issues

  • Addressing challenges in producing technology that is lighter or more cost-effective than the conventional geared drive trains

  • Where do direct drivetrain place themselves in the market today?

Condition Monitoring And Big Data


Condition Monitoring: Usefully And Successfully Comparing Your Data And KPIs With Wider Industry Benchmarks

  • Practical case studies - What does measuring and monitoring better really mean?

  • Using a detailed database to follow, categorise and fine tuning the faults  

  • Detecting and fine tuning failures through measurement techniques

  • How to use condition monitoring and big data for effective troubleshooting


Networking Lunch


Big Data And Field Results To Extend Turbine Longevity


The Internet Of Things (IoT): Bridging The Gap Between Wind Farm Location And Remote Access

  • Avoiding failures in remote locations which result in interrupted power generation and decreased productivity

  • Enhancing a wind farm’s profit margins against fluctuating energy prices

  • Giving wind farm operators control to monitor and regulate a turbine’s operation

  • Accessing information and data from machines, sensors, and controllers connected to the Internet.

  • Collect, exchange, monitor, analyse, and act on information to intelligently make changes with little to no human intervention


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

Moving Towards The End Of A Turbine’s Lifetime


A Utility’s Choice: Turbines Out Of Warranty And Asset Reliability Models

  • What is a utility’s approach towards out of warranty turbine?

  • Assessing which components you need solutions for and source a cost-effective service provider

  • How to deal with unscheduled turbine failure

    • requiring emergency crew

    • Accounting for possible delays in replacing parts

    • lost generation while the turbine is out of action

  • Checking important parameters regularly, including monthly checks of the temperature of drivetrain components such as the gearbox and generator

  • Prompting manufacturer to act


The Industry’s Headache: Retrofitting Or Replacing?

  • Latest developments on the drivetrain for new wind turbines and option modifications for older ones

  • Why replacing when you can optimise?

  • Having the ultimate goal in mind: extending the lifetime and acting upon it through repowering or replacing

  • Non-European suppliers: do they understand the product and wind sufficiently to be reliable supplier

  • The remaining use of lifetime - providing a useful tool to predict better component replacement and optimise logistics for main bearings

  • When does it become too late to retrofit?

  • Retrofit and servicing - how to choose components and systems that add value to your turbines

  • How to replace components to minimise problems and maximise performance

  • How to analyse the impact of retrofitting on turbine performance


PANEL DISCUSSION: Repowering Or Decommissioning?

  • Assessing the financial impact of logistics and recycling turbines

  • Creating a step-by-step guide to decommission   

  • How to maximise efficiency and output of your repowered site

    • using the same foundations

    • using the same turbine configuration with new machines

    • redesigning the whole wind farm


Chair's Closing Remarks


Close Of Forum