3M products are being used to build and maintain wind turbines around the world. From design and manufacturing through day-to-day operations - 3M offers a wide array of innovative technology solutions, designed to enhance reliability, increase performance, provide protection against harsh environments and improve blade aerodynamics.
WindCom is the premier blade service company providing inspection, repairs, and upgrades to existing wind blades. Equipped with work instructions for every repair, tools & materials for the job, one of many access methods, and the eReporting system, the technicians can service the blade quickly and right the first time.
PP Techniq manufactures unique intelligent Blade-Guided Access Systems used for maintenance and service of wind turbine blades. The products meet the strictest requirements with regard to personal safety and offer a safe, fast and cost-effective access to servicing of wind turbine blades, both onshore and offshore.
Without compromising the integrity of the blade, D-String® by Bladena is designed for effortless, retrofit up-tower installation to prevent trailing edge panel breathing. D-String® shows significant safety margins in the mechanical properties of the strings and shell panels and is sealed for durability and a seamless appearance.
D-String® by Bladena is available through a network of first class service providers, who will ensure a reliable and cost-effective installation meeting the highest standards of quality, finish, safety and documentation.
Hontek was founded in 1992 and is most likely the only company in the world that has devoted 100% of the past 23.5 years to Leading Edge Protection. Hontek has developed new coatings for wind turbine blades. Materials can be applied by brushing, rolling, spraying and molding.
WKA Blade Service
WKA Blade Service is the brand under which GES operates its bale services worldwide. It is the European market leader in blade repairs since 1994. With more than 200 specialized technicians and 60 international teams and projects executed in more than 20 countries, WKA Blade Service has an unmatched track record including 30.000 blades repaired and more than 200.000 damages registered.
Wetzel Engineering, is an experienced and globally reknown engineering firm, servicing Turbine OEM’s and Developers, Owners and Operators of utility scale wind turbines since 2001, and delivering insights and solutions that have an impact for our clients and their bottom line – improving asset performance, profitability of entire fleets and extending the life of assets.
We help owners & operators accurately assess and understand performance issues of their fleet and turbine components, getting to the root causes of failures or performance issues so that the right decisions can be made. Wetzel Engineering is the Owner’s or Operator’s Expert Witness in Warranty/Liability Negotiations, providing root-cause investigations for serial defect identification so as to evaluate long-term risk of failed and aging wind turbine components. Wetzel Engineering provides a full range of services to Developers, Owners and Operators to help improve asset performance and ROI. We also partner with Turbine OEM’s around the world to support their product development and commercialization efforts.
Our full range of services include: integrated system level engineering and simulation to implement performance improvements through controls upgrades, aerodynamic devices and blade extension, blade inspections using state-of-the-art NDT/NDE inspection technologies, and engineering composite blade repairs for field implementation of up-tower or down-tower blade repairs.
Our team of highly skilled, practical and commercially focused engineers and field personnel with a full range of technical competencies have served over 60 clients since 2001. Wetzel Engineering is internationally recognized as technical experts in forensics engineering, aerodynamics, loads analysis, dynamics & vibrations, composite structures and performance analysis for wind turbine systems. Led by Dr. Kyle Wetzel, an internationally acclaimed expert with over 25 years of experience in the fields of wind turbine systems engineering and patented innovations in blade design. Wetzel Engineering has established itself as innovative rotor blade designers and the authors of novel blade designs which have been deployed in over 16,000 blades globally.
Operating globally from our base in Houston, Texas, AAIR Team is a technology driven inspection company that conducts remote UAV flights for the purpose of aerial inspection and survey.
Our services are geared towards structures at height such as live transmission and communication towers as well as oil and gas refinery stacks, bridges, buildings, and wind towers. With an unparalleled commitment to safety and customer service, our specialized inspection teams can mobilize quickly and efficiently to provide you with the accurate, timely inspection results you need.
Why AAIR Team versus traditional inspection methods? Because our vehicles are remotely operated, we can access extremely hazardous areas without putting people or equipment at risk. The result? A complete inspection in a fraction of the time on an in-service structure.
The AAIR Team solution will greatly minimize any downtime you have on critical assets – providing direct savings and in turn, increased profitability.
Wind Access Engineering
Wind Access Engineering is dedicated to providing the best suspended access solutions for the wind energy industry.
As a full-service access solutions provider, Wind Access Engineering provides sales, training, and rental programs. Wind Access Engineering also has a full repair and maintenance facility to service suspended access systems and equipment.
Bladefence offers the most sophisticated methods to maximise the performance and endurance of wind turbine blades. The company was founded in 2010, and since then, our focus has been on offering high quality blade service and changing the common practice of reactive and expensive wind turbine blade repairs towards shared risks, preventive maintenance and fixed fees.
In 2012, Bladefence received Germanischer Lloyd certification for wind turbine blade repairs, based on the high level of quality of personnel, work methods, materials and documentation, as well as compliance for the GL certificate guidelines.
Bladefence utilises advanced skylift equipment and UV-curing blade repair method in its operations. In combination, these enable operations in harsh weather conditions, cutting-edge efficiency and minimise turbine downtime. The services are offered throughout Europe.
Our technologies may be the most developed, but we constantly seek ways to improve ourselves. We collaborate and do research with educational institutes and specialists. The wind can always carry further.
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Choosing the right blade maintenance regime
Managing large fleets of wind turbines across North America, Jon Salmon of EDF Renewable Services - who spoke at last year's Blade Operations and Maintenance Forum - has some advice on how to set up a diverse blade maintenance programme. Much will depend on individual characteristics of a project’s fleet and site, so working these out is key.
What do attendees say?
Sales Engineer Blade Services
"I was impressed at the fact that I really learned a lot and I've been doing this for 7 years and I work on blades and only blades. This is a welcome relief, with clear benefits for the industry, in terms of what I deal with on a daily basis."
Senior Vice President
“It was a great get together of both technical and operational experts, a good blend of hands-on engineering and real world folks out there. For this event in particular, there was great open dialogue on the trends in repair, maintenance and inspection of blades.”
Eastern Regional Manager
"I’ve been actually encouraging our asset managers and people who don’t understand the wind business to go to your conferences because in 15 years that’s the most I’ve learned about blades, in 15 years of the wind industry."