Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day Two - Thursday 21 September 2017
08:30

Registration And Refreshments 

09:00

Chair's Opening Remarks 

Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

Getting Good Data From Your Operations: Standardization Issues And Categorization Of Damages

09:15

Automated Anomaly Detection And Big Data Management For Greater O&M Efficiency

  • Best practice for collecting and categorizing data on damages to an industry standard
  • Save engineering time by utilizing deep learning algorithms to identify and locate anomalies

  • Utilizing Blade Management Software to manage blade assets at scale

  • The need for a standard categorization to improve work flow and budgeting processes

  • Use data for better blade life cycle management

  • Improve AEP

  • Decrease repair costs

  • Diminish downtime

  • Extend life of blades

Lonnie Bloomquist , Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman,  EdgeData

09:45

Panel: Closing The Information Loop From Up Tower Back To The Control Room And Factory Floor

  • Correctly categorizing faults and damages and relating that back to the design and manufacture stages
  • Creating a better rapport and level of engagement between the designers, the manufacturers and the engineers fixing the faults
  • Using past repair scenarios to make more informed future decisions
  • How to eliminate damage and repair issues in the design phase
  • Using optimal recognition software in testing/screening phase before blades are signed off

Moderator:   Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

Panel Participants:

Jim Platts, Senior Teaching Associate, University Of Cambridge

Dr. Kyle K Wetzel,  Founder,  Wetzel Wind Energy Services

Byron Jessee,  Director of Commercial Renewables Central Operations, Duke Energy

10:30

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

Assessing The Viability Of Vertical Integration And Having The Correct Experience In Your Workforce

11:00

Panel: Developing A Blade O&M Team In-House Vs. Outsourcing

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of each option?
  • How much work is enough to make sense in developing an in-house team?
  • Building your own data library in house and decreasing your dependency on manufacturers and service providers
  • When does it make sense financially?
  • What kinds of scale work do you need and what skill level is required, is it possible to have a 'jack of all trades' or do you need a specialist?

Moderator:   Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

Panel Participants:

Jian Lahir, Blade Engineer, EDPR

Josh Crayton, Director Of Business Development, Rope Partner

Rob Edinger,  Senior Operations Manager, Algonquin Power

11:45

The Need For A More Regulated And Verifiable Work Force

  • Why new inspection, maintenance and repair methods still need experienced professionals to assess damage and provide reports?
  • Learning from the utility industry: creating guidelines and certifications for technicians carrying out certain fixes
  • How having a base level standard for experience required on certain repairs and maintenance jobs can result in more quality and actionable reports
  • Why in-house teams are best as you can be sure of their training and level of competency?

Rob Edinger, Senior Operations Manager, Algonquin Power

Optimizing O&M Activities: Using Predictive Maintenance And Better Understanding Of Your Turbines To Reduce Costs

12:15

Innovative Leading Edge Protection For The Lifespan Of The Blade

  • Overview of existing leading edge protection solutions and its shortcomings
  • Effect of weathering impacts on leading edge protection
  • Innovation in leading edge protection

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

12:45

Networking Lunch 

13:45

Case Study:  How To Create A Robust Blade Maintenance Program

  • How are the standards of O&M changing and how to instigate a blade maintenance program that may not have been budgeted for
  • The need for better understanding of the blade material from manufacturers for improved maintenance
  • Exacting a requirement for a certain level of experience and skill set in order to carry out certain types of repair
  • Monitoring bond lines among other critical structural areas and fixing damages early to prevent greater costs later on
  • Creating a follow-up of damage preventative maintenance program from inspection data

Sheryl Weinstein, Blade Services Manager & Wind Corps Supervisor, Rope Partner

14:15

Using Inspection And Repair Data To Improve Maintenance Plans And Service Contracts 

  • Understanding blade issues and systematic gathering of inspection and repair data

  • Reactive vs. proactive maintenance, pros and cons

  • How to benefit from long-term blade service contracts

  • Case Study Examples

Ville Karkkolainen, Managing Director, Bladefence

14:45

Asset Management For Your Blades And Keeping Costs Down

  • Understanding the weather conditions of your particular site to pre-empt certain types of erosion and damages 
  • How to implement a maintenance program that was never planned for whilst also demonstrating the need for it?
  • Finding the balance between low cost and quality inspection and repair methods 
  • What are the benefits of different blade models and how best can older blades be repurposed?
  • Creating your own data library to be more informed in the future

Ann Walter,   Asset Management Manager,  EDPR

15:15

Chair's Closing Remarks

Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

15:30

Extended Networking Time And Afternoon Refreshments

16:00

End Of Forum