Blade Inspection, Damage and Repair 

Blades

Forum Day 1: Tuesday 10 October 2017
08:30

Registration And Morning Refreshments

09:00

Chair’s Welcome And Opening Remarks

Isaac Tavares, Head Of Civil And Structures, Centrica

THE LATEST INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES AND STRATEGIES 

09:15

How To Successfully Carry Out Cost And Time Effective Inspections And Post Repair Refurbishment

  • What specifically owner operators are so concerned with regard to lifetime?

- How often do we inspect?

- How do we address it?

- Alternative methods to heavy inspection strategy

  • How to get more value out of existing blade inspection results
  • Moving from perceived to realistic life expectancy to plan refurbishment and take the right offshore access decisions 
Nicolas Quievy, Wind Onshore Technology Manager, Engie 
09:45

The Role Of Drone Inspections With Other Conventional Methods

  • Mobility and time safer
  • Addressing need for stability and good control in windy conditions
  • Further testing requirements
  • Picture categorisation and how to compile them into main categories

- Reviewing and analysing data gathered from the drone

- How to prioritise the pictures 

10:15

EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT LAUNCH!

World-First Ground Based Thermographic Inspection

  • Thermography benefits for structural and composite material analysis
  • Ground based non-destructive inspection
  • Comparison of optical and thermal data
  • Auto-stitching for optical and thermal imaging, flaw localization and severity classification

Jürgen Austen, Senior expert, Hensoldt, Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH

10:45

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

11:15

Let The Blade Data Talk!

  • Collecting and structuring blade data: how do you aggregate blade inspection and repair data coming from different suppliers?
  • Analyse and observe the data: how do you measure the quality of the inspection images you receive?
  • What defects do you have on your blades? And, how do you make efficient O&M blade decisions from data reports?
  • Leverage your blade data: how machine learning makes your life easier

Thibault Gouache, CEO, Cornis

11:45

Identifying The Benefits Of Internal Inspections And Impact On Repair Decisions

  • Carrying out internal inspections before installation for quality assurance purposes
  • Finding the root cause
  • Using a robotic system to get high resolution pictures
  • Suggesting type of repair needed
  • Technician vs. engineer: understanding the difference in value  

12:15

How is Technology Changing The Role Of Technicians? 

  • Using technology to remove secondary failures
  • Is the role of rope technician becoming superfluous or more accurate?
  • Enabling the interaction of technicians with technology interface
  • REX (Return of Experience) on blade inspection strategies from wind farm owners and operators
  • Do manual inspections with an experienced technician give a better indication of actual damages than automated high resolutions camera inspections and drones?
  • Also automated inspections rely on the people interpreting the images correctly.
  • What additional training is required for technicians to adapt to new technology? 
13:00

Networking Lunch 

DAMAGE CATEGORISATION AND STANDARDISATION 

14:00

Structural Enhancement Technologies For Blades – Reduced O&M Cost And Risk

  • Avoid damages and reduce your risk
  • Reduce O&M cost for blades by utilising innovative solutions
  • Removed that Root cause for damage and secure the life time of the blade
  • Case study and test: D-Stiffener™

Ryan Lauridsen, CEO, Bladena  

14:30

Industry Developments On Understanding and Counteracting Leading Edge Erosion

  • What is leading edge erosion, how does it occur and what are the effects?
  • How is erosion being tackled in new blade design as blades become longer/ tip speed is increased?
  • What products are available for field retrofit and how do you choose the “right” product?
  • Can an industry standard approach to leading edge erosion characterisation be accomplished?

Benjamin Green, Blade Specialist, Vestas

15:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Why Is So Crucial To Have A Unified Damage Classification And Standardisation Approach?

  • Lack of standardised approach gives space to more tailored solutions, but what are the implications?
  • Who should take the lead in defining the classification of damages?  OEM, Developer or certification groups? 
  • Is the current approach just too primitive?
  • What can we learn from the Aerospace industry?
  • Categorising what type of damage occurs and in what type of blade
  • Determining why certain damage happens and in what kind of environment to better standardise O&M approaches 

Participants:

Konstantin Behnisch, Project Manager,   Nordex /Acciona Wind Power

Birgit Yunker, Fleet Manager, E.On

Benjamin Green, Blade Specialist, Vestas

15:45 

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

16:15

PITCH ME! 

Start-up leaders and technology providers present a short 5 minute pitch about their products followed by Q&A with a panel of judges. The contest has the aim to provide a vehicle for start-ups and small technology providers to get much needed exposure to key industry investors and buyers.

For more information to apply and to have the opportunity to be shortlisted visit: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/event/blade-inspection-damage-and-repair/pitch-me

Judges:  

Ryan Lauridsen, CEO, Bladena

Pasquale Braione,  Senior Manager Blades, TPO South Europe And LATAM, Vestas

Christian Bak, Senior Scientist, DTU Wind Energy

Andrew Bellamy, Director, 8.2 Aarufield

16:45

Q&A Panel with audience

17:00

Winner Announcement 

17:10

Chair’s Closing Remarks

17:20

Drinks Reception