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

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

09:45

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

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
  • 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

Mark Howell, Wind Site Supervisor, Enel Green Power 

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

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 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

12:15

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

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

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

14:45

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  

15:15

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

15:45

Chair's Closing Remarks

Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

16:15

Extended Networking Time And Afternoon Refreshments

16:30

End Of Forum