Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Pre-Forum Focus Session - Monday 31 October 2016

ICING TECHNOLOGY AND REAL LIFE BLADE PERFORMANCE IN COLD CLIMATES

13:00 - 17:30

Did you know that at least 52 GW of wind energy projects have been deployed in icy climates across the globe and an additional 30 GW are expected by 2017?

Despite numerous technological advances in counteracting icing and cold climate issues, the industry is not quite where it needs to be, especially due to the unpredictability of icing and winter temperature variation. North American and Canadian wind sites are no stranger to the effects of icing and extremely low temperatures. This half-day workshop will equip you with the right tools to counteract unique issues caused by ice on blades as well as explore different solutions currently available on the market.

Key topics include:

  • Development of fit for purpose materials and testing of surfaces
  • De-icing and anti-icing systems to avoid production loss: trials and onsite experience
  • Quantification of icing impact on energy loss
  • The role of weather forecast in predicting icing behavior
  • Practical lessons learnt from operational blade performance in cold climates

Hosts: 

Jay Steffensmeier, Regional Director, Suzlon

Matthew Wadham-Gagnon, Project Lead, TechnoCentre éolien