Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum


Day One - 5th November 2014

Registration And Refreshments 


Chair's Opening Remarks 

Walter Hornaday , President, Cielo Wind Power  

Understanding And Mitigating The Effects Of Lightning Damage


Evaluating The Latest Options For The Prevention Of Leading Edge Erosion

  • Comparing the current paint and foil options on the market
  • Implementing condition health monitoring systems for the detection of leading edge erosion 
  • What impact does LEP have on AEP? 
Troy Ryan, Eastern Regional Manager, Infigen Energy


Retrofitting Lightning Protection Systems For Improved Integrity

  • Assessing the various market add-ons for improved protection
  • To what extent does retrofitting improve protection?
  • How to retrofit without compromising other blade components
Benjamin Green, Blades Repair Manager, Vestas

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


Understanding How To Repair Trailing Edge Criticalities

  • Reduce risk by identifying the importance of hair line craks 
  • Rook causes for trailing edge damages
  • New method for reinforcing and repairing trailing edge damage
Dr. Carsten Hein Westergaard, President Nextratec Inc. and Professor of Practice, Texas Tech University

(In collaboration with D-String) 


Lightning Monitoring On Wind Turbine Blades

  • Considering reasons for adopting lightning monitoring
  • Exploring lightning monitoring methods
  • Applications in wind power systems
David McClellan, Senior Product Specialist, Phoenix Contact

    Networking Lunch

    Strategies For Improving Aerodynamic Performance For Increased AEP


    Assessing Performance Add-Ons: To What Extent Do They Improve AEP?

    • Using vortex generators to prevent performance degradation 
    • Methods for retrofitting vortex generators to avoid negatively impacting other parts of the turbine
    • To what extent do structural enhancements improve AEP? 
    Odin Creel, Senior Site And Wind Engineer, Suzlon

    Improving Blade Performance And Reliability

    • Techniques to individuate blade manufacturing defects
    • How do such defects manifest during operations?
    • Strategies for detection before blades leave the factory

    Jeffrey Hammitt, Renewables Fleet Manager,  NextEra Energy


    Reducing Icing On Blades In Colder Climates: Anti-Icing Systems 

    • Development history in Nordex
    • How does an anti-icing system work?
    • Field experience 

    Roman Sobottka, Head Of Blade Service, Nordex Energy GmbH 


    Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


    Efficiently Increasing Turbine Performance

    • Improving aerodynamic attachments such as vortex generators 
    • Protecting and restoring rotor blade leading edge
    Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan, Technical Business Development Leader, 3M

    Inspection Methodologies For More Accurate Fatigue Analysis Of Wind Blades 


    PANEL DISCUSSION: What Steps Does The Industry Need To Take To Improve The Commercial Viability Of Drone Inspections?

    • How can the industry mitigate the risks associated with drones?
    • Determining guidelines for the commercial use of drones 
    • Improving the analysis of photographs for quality drone inspections 
    • What is the FAA’s current stance on drone inspections?
    Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan, Technical Business Development Leader, 3M
    Jeffrey Hammitt, Renewables Fleet Manager, NextEra Energy 

    Chair’s Closing Remarks


    Close Of Day One 



    Sheraton Suites Houston Near The Galleria

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    Houston, Texas


    United States

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