Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day Two - Thursday 21 September 2017

Registration And Refreshments 


Chair's Opening Remarks 

Guillermo Lozano,  Fleet Engineer, E.ON

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


Collecting Good Quality Data For Easily Actionable Operations

  • Creating your own 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


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 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

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

Jim Platts, Senior Teaching Associate, University Of Cambridge

Mark Howell, Wind Site Supervisor, Enel Green Power 


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

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


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?

Jian Lahir, Blade Engineer, EDPR

Josh Crayton, Director Of Business Development, Rope Partner

Rob Edinger,  Senior Operations Manager, Algonquin Power


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


Networking Lunch 

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


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


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


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

  • Why is a regular maintenance schedule so important?

  • Creating an effective process of inspecting 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

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


Chair's Closing Remarks

Guillermo Lozano,  Fleet Engineer, E.ON


Extended Networking Time And Afternoon Refreshments


End Of Forum