Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day Two - Thursday 21 September 2017
08:30

Registration And Refreshments 

09:00

Chair's Opening Remarks 

GETTING GOOD DATA FROM YOUR OPERATIONS: STANDARDIZATIN ISSUES AND CATEGORIZATION OF DAMAGES

09:15

Collecting Good Quality Data For Easily Actionable Operations

  • Creating your won data so you may better utilize it for analysis and operational planning
  • How cloud platforms can ensure data is more easily shared and accessible both internally and externally
  • Having data easily available with the ability to look back through previous repair and maintenance work
  • Why getting a whole year of readily available data to run present and future scenario analysis is crucial
  • Will it be possible to prove the need for different types of blade design depending on the region in which the wind farm is located?

Mark Howell, Wind Site Supervisor, Enel Green Power

09:45

Correctly Categorizing And Standardizing Data For Greater O&M Efficiency

  • Best practice for collecting and categorizing data on damages
  • The unspoken industry standard of 1-5 damage categories and why more is required?
  • How does damage categorization may differ between organisations?
  • The need for a standard categorization that meets all blade types and weather conditions
  • How bad categorization processes and quick fix repairs leaves you worse off in the long run with even greater downtime
10:15

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 before blades are signed off
  • Using optimal recognition software in testing/screening phase before blades are signed off

Jim Platts, Senior Teaching Associate, University Of Cambridge

Mark Howell, Wind Site Supervisor, Enel Green Power 

11:00

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

ASSESSING THE VIABILITY OF VERTICAL INTEGRATION AND HAVING THE CORRECT EXPERIENCE IN YOUR WORKFORCE

11:30

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 trades or do you need a specialist?

Jian Lahir, Blade Engineer, EDPR

12:15

The Need For More Standardized And Verifiable Experience In The Work Force

  • Why new inspection, maintenance and repair methods still need experienced professionals o 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?
12:45

Networking Lunch 

OPTIMIZING O&M ACTIVITIES: USING PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR TURBINES TO REDUCE COSTS

13:45

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

14:15

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
14:45

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

15:15

Establishing Preventative And Predictive Maintenance With A Robust Schedule And Historical Data

  • Why is a regular maintenance schedule so important?

  • How to keep a process of inspecting and knowing current and potential future issues that occur
  • Having the correct documentation and the same platform for everyone to work from
  • Understanding the weather conditions of your particular site to pre-empt certain types of erosion and damages
  • Creating better blade repair budgets for next year and using failure data to pre-empt the time and cost of repair
15:45

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

Rotem Zucker, Director Of Asset Management, EDPR

16:15

Chair's Closing Remarks

16:30

End Of Forum