Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day One - Wednesday 11 November 2015

Registration And Refreshments 


Chair's Opening Remarks 

Judah Moseson , Independent Energy Consultant, Former VP O&M & International Services at Cielo Wind

Mitigating The Impact Of Lightning Damage And Leading Edge Erosion (LEE) On The LCOE


Material Development In Relation To Leading Edge Erosion Prevention And Protection

  • The effects of LEE on blade integrity and overall AEP - how do they wear down over time and what are the parameters likely to cause erosion?
  • Evaluating the current paint and foil options on the market 
  • Integrated solutions to avoid repairing the blade for structural damage
  • Advanced test strategies to support the development and validation of future leading edge erosion protection and repair systems

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



Adopting Blade Anti-Icing Systems In Cold Climates To Avoid Production Loss

  • Counteracting the unique issues caused by ice on blades at Duke Energy sites in Pennsylvania, with the objective of reducing downtime 
  • Outlining the process regarding the selection of hydrophobic coatings
  • Practical and operational takeaways from installation, to identify lessons learnt 
  • The quantification of icing impacts and energy losses during blade operations, based on real-time project results and data

Jeffrey Wehner,  Vice President Of Operations, CaseRenewables,  Duke Energy


Overcoming Challenges In The Field To Develop An Efficient Blade Service And Maintenance Workspace

  • Understanding how platform and technicians should follow the contours and dynamics of the blade to provide safe and innovative access solutions
  • Mitigating the loss in energy production through leading edge erosion by using patented technology
  • Assessing the various blade-guided platforms currently available and which conditions each of these products are most effective in, including key benefits

Kim Lindhardt , Sales Director,  PP Techniq AS


    Networking Break And Morning Refreshments


    Improving Blade Maintenance Through Practical Case Studies, Benchmarking And Best Practice

    • Providing an overview on typical blade damages and their effect on blade performance
    • Utilising case studies to examine blade failures and repair procedures
    • Benchmarking of best practices in blade maintenance and options for asset owners

    Ville Karkkolainen , Managing Director,  Bladefence

    Aerodynamic Performance Boosting Strategies And Post-Sale Upgrades For Increased AEP


    Aerodynamic Enhancements To Improve AEP: Assessing Progress In Field Trials Of Vortex Generators

    • Analysing how vortex generators can be shown to prevent performance degradation and enhance blade aerodynamics
    • What are the critical to quality VG requirements?
    • Is experience in the field meeting expectations regarding VG investment?

    Jian Lahir, Senior Turbine Reliability Engineer - Blades, EDPR


    Networking Lunch



    How Extensive Are The Benefits Of Structural Enhancers And Performance Add-Ons?

    • To what extent have structural enhancement technologies been proven to maximize AEP, strengthen blades and extend the effective life time?
    • Looking to the future: how can the industry improve aerodynamic attachments?
    • What are the most effective add-ons to protect and restore the rotor blade leading edge?
    • How do structural enhancers fare compared to the repair alternatives?

    Panellists Include:

    Odin Creel, Wind And Site Engineer, Suzlon

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

    Jian Lahir , Senior Blade Engineer, EDPR

    Ken Lee , Business Development Manager Wind - Technical Products And Services, Wetzel Engineering

    Exclusive Developer And OEM Insights From Real-Time Project Case Studies 



    Improving Blade Performance And Reliability Through Field Analysis Of Gamesa's Specific Blade Forms Currently In Service

    • Addressing four key challenges: budget, lack of integrated process, reliability and availability of new technology 
    • Bridging the gap between provider and customer – how to avoid disputes in warranty claims through greater collaboration 
    • An OEM perspective on the training provisions which should exist to reduce the likelihood of blade downtime

    Philippe Delleville, Vice President Services, Gamesa


    Using A Blade Maintenance Database For Improved Asset Management Strategies And Consolidated Investment

    • Good data makes for good decisions: how to maintain a blade database for improved preventive maintenance and inspection intervals
    • Outlining the methods for data organization, summarization and reporting via an eReporting system, to efficiently retain findings and make it available to end users
    • Using such technology to compare previous and current report data for accurate monitoring of blade condition and health

    Gary Kanaby , Commercial Manager,  Wind Composite Services Group


    Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


    Blade Failure Forensics: The Role Of Engineering Expertise, OEM Support And Post-Warranty O&M In Providing Permanant Remedial Solutions

    • What support can independent engineering service providers offer to developers, in terms of understanding the important technical elements needed to ensure proficient risk management against catastrophic blade failure?
    • Encouraging co-operation: evaluating the challenges which arise as a result of a lack of transparecny and support from OEMs, when performing RCAs
    • Analysing strategies for optimizing and prioritizing budgets for the O&M execution and to leverage knowledge of a fleet's health during OEM warranty negotiations
    • A standardised approach: working towards pro-active blade asset management and tracking of blade health across the board, for the early identifcation of blade defects
    Ken Lee , Business Development Manager Wind - Technical Products And Services, Wetzel Engineering

    Blade Pitch Angle Control For Aerodynamic Performance Optimization Of A Wind Farm

    • Predicting the effects of wakes, including velocity defects and increase in turbulent intensity, from upstream turbines to maximize the blade power output 
    • Understanding aerodynamic analysis and the Blade Element Momentum (BEM) theory
    • Applying these controls to the pitch angle on an operational wind farm and assessing the real-time results

    Odin Creel,  Senior Wind And Site Engineer,  Suzlon



    Future Research Requirements To Determine The Benefit Of Pro-active Vs Reactive Approaches To Preventive Blade Repair Methods

    • Identifying the critical issues to be considered during asset management, when weighing up the benefits of proactive blade O&M programs to reduce costs and blade downtime
    • Determining best R&D practices for enhancing and maintaining blade longevity and performance by outlining the fundamental steps for life extension based on competing requirements
    • Is there consistency in validation of performance output, results and data, to consolidate the effectiveness of blade repair and maintenance techniques?

    Carsten Hein Westergaard,  Senior Advisor, Wind And Water Technologies,  Sandia National Laboratories


    Snapshot: Encouraging The Increased Involvement Of Women In The Wind Industry

    • Why it matters -  a look at the corporate and organizational benefits of gender and racial diversity in all roles across the sector
    • How can we ensure greater gender equity in the wind industry and what do current gender demographics look like?
    • Exploring the critical importance of engaging men in the conversations and solutions for the long term benefit of the workforce and success of the industry
    Kristen Graf , Executive Director, Women Of Wind Energy (WoWE)

    Chair's Closing Remarks


    Wind Down With Wine Tasting