Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day Two - Wednesday 2 November 2016
08:30

Registration And Refreshments 

09:00

Chair's Opening Remarks 

Scott Abramson, Director Of Operational Excellence, Duke Energy 

EXTENDING THE LIFETIME OF BLADES: ADD-ON AND RETROFIT SOLUTIONS 

09:15

PANEL DISCUSSION

What Is The Realistic Lifetime Of Blades? 

When it comes to blades, we often talk about a 20-25 year lifetime. However, many in the industry, including owner operators, are skeptical and are currently asking some important questions that this panel aim to address including (but not limited to): 

  • What happens if a blade goes out of production after 15 years and damage occurs?
  • What services and solutions will be available to the owner operator to repair critical damages and limit LEE issues?
  • OEMs: where do they stand? What’s their opinion and action plan for the future in relation to blade lifetime and support? 

Participants include:

Guillermo Lozano, Fleet Manager, E.ON

Walter Hornaday, President, Cielo Wind 

09:45

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE OF AN OWNER OPERATOR

How An Effective Asset Management Strategy Will Help Reduce O&M Costs 

  • Why it’s no longer enough to look at blades individually
  • What process should you follow to properly monitor blade performance whilst looking at the bigger picture?
  • Why asset management could be the key to bring down costs and enhance productivity
  • Creating a practical system to track costs of inspections and make informed decisions for your fleet
  • Improving turbine performance and AEP through a consistent inspection campaign based on thorough asset management practices   

Guillermo Lozano, Fleet Manager, E.ON

10:15

How To Continuously Secure And Improve AEP With Blade Upgrades

  • Avoiding AEP loss with leading edge protection and trailing edge serrations
  • Improving AEP with aerodynamic upgrades
  • Next step: innovative blade upgrades for significant AEP improvements
Romaric Thiebaut,  Specialist - Technical Lead,  Vestas
10:45

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 

11:15

Robust Method To Protect And Prevent Leading Edge Erosion

  • Wind Protection Tape is a proven technology to prevent erosion for more than 20 years
  • Learn how a proven technology is re-engineered to have 30+ hours of Rain Erosion
  • Understand the effect of weathering in leading edge protection
Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan, Global Business Manager - Wind Energy, 3M 
11:45

OWNER OPERATOR CASE STUDY

Preventative And Reactive Maintenance Strategies

Jon Salmon, Senior Technical Services Manager, EDF 

12:15

Networking Lunch 

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE: DATA ANALYSIS AND CONDITION MONITORING 

13:15

How To Improve Understanding Of Blade Issues Through Systematic Gathering Of Inspection Data

  • Moving from reactive to proactive maintenance
  • How to benefit from long-term blade service contracts
  • Case Examples

Ville Karkkolainen,  Managing Director,  Bladefence 

13:45

New Sampling And Grease Analysis Techniques To Diagnose Blade Bearing Issues

  • Blade bearings are difficult to monitor in service due to accessibility and slow or minimal rotation

  • Many operators have experienced blade bearing issues including grease leakage, cage separation, seal damage, and bearing failure

  • Published research conducted in Denmark with DONG and Statkraft to determine best practices for obtaining representative blade bearing samples

  • Analysis performed on 1-gram samples to determine grease condition, contaminants, product mixing, and wear type and severity

  • Findings of Danish blade bearing sampling research and case studies on blade bearing grease analysis and bearing failure modes

Richard N. Wurzbach, President, Grease Thief 
14:15

The Role Of Data Analysis In Bringing Down Costs And Enhancing AEP 

  • Decide what, when and how to inspect by looking at data
  • Why investing time on analyzing data (including power curves) is essential to avoid unnecessary costs
  • Using analytical tools to understand and improve performance and learn when an upgrade is needed

Senior Representative,  Gamesa 

14:45

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 

15:15

Increasing Turbine Availability Through State Of The Art Condition Monitoring 

  • Monitoring the health condition of blades
  • Using faults diagnosis to detect problems and prevent future failures
  • Determining when it is essential to repair the fault
  • Observing blade performance to determine when add-on solutions are required 

Daniel Molyneux, Blades Manager, Vestas 

15:45

Roundtable Discussions

Delegates will select one of the following peer-to-peer discussions from those listed below. You will move into small break-out groups where discussions will be off the record and led by an expert on the given topic. Delegates are encouraged to bring along their considered ideas and questions in order to facilitate a meaningful and in-depth discussion. 

1. How to ascertain if a fault is a priority and avoid unnecessary money loss

Senior Representative,  Gamesa 

2. Larger and longer blades: what does this mean for transportation and are jointed blades a possibility?

Jian Lahir, Turbine Reliability Engineer - Blades, EDPR 

3. Do we truly understand CMS? 

Daniel Molyneux, Blades Manager, Vestas 

4.  Safety and training of technicians

16:30

Roundtable Feedback 

16:45

Chair's Closing Remarks

17:00

End Of Forum