Blade Inspection, Damage and Repair 


Forum Day 2: Wednesday 11 October 2017

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Isaac Tavares,  Head Of Civil And Structures,  Centrica



Incorporating Blade Maintenance Campaign Into Your Asset Strategies

  • Discuss the best way to get access to your turbines whilst your OEM is in charge and how to do so without straining relationships
  • How do you best factor in preventative maintenance costs for blades into your long term OPEX reduction strategy?
  • Learn how you can optimise your relationship with suppliers to ensure you receive the best support for your blades post warranty
Gianluca Teodori, Head Of Maintenance Operations, ERG Power And Generation  

The Role Of Condition Monitoring In Extending The Life Expectancy Of Blades

  • Overview of the traditional approaches to (CM) vibration monitoring within the industry to assess the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of existing strategies
  • Validation in the field and current challenges
  • Acoustic emissions and optical fibres methods
  • Demonstration of live cases and operational data

Ifigeneia Antoniadou, Lecturer, Department Of Mechanical Engineering,  University Of Sheffield


Digitally Enhanced Inspection Strategy And Asset Performance Management 

  • Case study: internal inspections using robot technology
  • The GE patented repair methodology – a multi-brand approach
  • A brief look at the GE blade product portfolio

Christoph Hoffmann, Senior Product Line Leader EMEA - Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy 

Fausto Trasarti, EMEA Blade Service Manager - Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy 


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments


Owner Operator’s Case Study: How Do You Choose The Right Maintenance Strategy For Your Fleet?

  • How are owner operators changing their approach to O&M strategies?
  • Getting the support we need from OEMs pre and post end of warranty: how to improve their collaboration and build on their experience
  • Dealing with defects including structural issues and fatigue issues
  • Do we repair or do we wait? 

Artur Grybek,  Chief Representative, Wind Power Business Development - Europe, J-POWER / EPDC


Service Requirements And How This Is Driving Blade Manufacturing And Design

  • Identification of service requirements
  • Implementation in product design and production processes
  • Technical improvements contributing to levelized cost of energy
  • Report blade damages and potential issues
  • Root cause analysis
  • Prioritise implementation with respect to potential savings
  • Tackle problems as early as possible in value chain

Thomas Schmidt, Team Leader Blade Service Technology, Nordex/Acciona Wind Power 


From Big Data To Smart Data: Exploring The Possibilities Of Digitalisation

  • What does “smart data” mean and what is the impact on reducing the costs of blade maintenance and operations?
  • Overcoming the issue of accessing blades in difficult locations and extreme climates
  • Using remote sensoring and diagnostics to drastically drive down O&M costs
  • Benefits of an around the clock observation approach 
Benn Faulkner, Director, Renewable Advice 

Networking Lunch


Contracting For The Best, Coping With The Worst

  • What needs to be included in procurement contracts for rotorblades to protect asset owners?
  • How to determine if blades have normal operational wear, or are defective
  • When it goes badly wrong – how to investigate and negotiate major failures during/post warranty
  • Safeguarding turbine performance when blades underperform or fail
Andrew Bellamy,  Director,  8.2 Aarufield



Weathering Effects Of Turbines And How This Has An Impact On Leading Edge

  • Overview of existing leading edge protection solutions and its short comings
  • Effect of weathering impacts on leading edge protection
  • Innovation in leading edge protection

Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan , Global Business Manager – Wind Energy, 3M


Using Coating Technology To Counteract Extreme Low Temperatures

Low winter temperatures both in offshore and onshore locations, can create ice on the blades. The accumulation of ice generates additional weight on the blades that can reduce the energy production of the wind turbine and even completely paralyse it. The turbine blades must therefore be capable of preventing the formation of ice to guarantee their correct operation and ensure they do not paralyse the generation of energy. Coatings for ice melting that work as resistors which are heated by an electric current are available. However, this remains a type of coatings that consumes energy and tends to be costly, which means research is still aiming at finding a solution to ice formation on blades without energy consumption.


Chair's Closing Remarks


Grab A Coffee And Go