Blade Inspection, Damage and Repair 

Blades
Forum Day 2: Wednesday 11 October 2017
08:30

Registration And Morning Refreshments

09:00

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Isaac Tavares,  Offshore Assets Manager Innogy Renewables UK 

GETTING OVER THE “WAIT AND SEE” APPROACH: CONDITION MONITORING AND ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

09:15

Incorporating Blade Maintenance Campaign Into Your Asset Strategies

  • Discuss the best way to get access to your turbines whilst your OEM is in charge and how to do so without straining relationships
  • How do you best factor in preventative maintenance costs for blades into your long term OPEX reduction strategy?
  • Learn how you can optimise your relationship with suppliers to ensure you receive the best support for your blades post warranty
Ricardo Janeiro, O&M Regional Manager, EDPR 
09:45

The Role Of Condition Monitoring In Extending The Life Expectancy Of Blades

  • Overview of the traditional approaches to (CM) vibration monitoring within the industry to assess the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of existing strategies
  • Validation in the field and current challenges
  • Acoustic emissions and optical fibres methods
  • Demonstration of live cases and operational data

Ifigeneia Antoniadou, Lecturer, Department Of Mechanical Engineering,  University Of Sheffield

10:15

Digitally Enhanced Inspection Strategy And Asset Performance Management 

  • Case study: internal inspections using robot technology
  • The GE patented repair methodology – a multi-brand approach
  • A brief look at the GE blade product portfolio

Fausto Trasarti, EMEA Blade Service Manager - Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy 

10:45

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:15

How Do You Choose The Right Maintenance Strategy For Your Fleet?

  • How are owner operators changing their approach to O&M strategies?
  • Getting the support we need from OEMs pre and post end of warranty: how to improve their collaboration and build on their experience
  • Dealing with defects including structural issues and fatigue issues
  • Do we repair or do we wait? 

Amilcar Zambrano, Senior Engineer, DNV GL 

11:45

Service Requirements And How This Is Driving Blade Manufacturing And Design

  • Identification of service requirements
  • Implementation in product design and production processes
  • Technical improvements contributing to levelized cost of energy
  • Report blade damages and potential issues
  • Root cause analysis
  • Prioritise implementation with respect to potential savings
  • Tackle problems as early as possible in value chain

Thomas Schmidt, Team Leader Blade Service Technology, Nordex/Acciona Wind Power 

12:15

Contracting For The Best, Coping With The Worst

  • What needs to be included in procurement contracts for rotorblades to protect asset owners?
  • How to determine if blades have normal operational wear, or are defective
  • When it goes badly wrong – how to investigate and negotiate major failures during/post warranty
  • Safeguarding turbine performance when blades underperform or fail

Andrew Bellamy,  Director,  8.2 Aarufield

12:45

Networking Lunch 

RETROFIT AND LIFETIME EXTENSION SOLUTIONS 

13:45

Exploring A New Method For Leading Edge Protection

  • Typical methods to leading edge erosion protection
  • Economic impact of past leading edge erosion methods
  • Introducing Ever Lasting Leading Edge “ELLE” and its economic upside 
Torsten F. Pedersen, Head Of Aftermarket, PolyTech 
14:15 

Weathering Effects Of Turbines And How This Has An Impact On Leading Edge

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

Jose Maria Carreno , Reneable Business Manager – Europe, 3M

14:45 

From Big Data To Smart Data: Exploring The Possibilities Of Digitalisation

  • What does “smart data” mean and what is the impact on reducing the costs of blade maintenance and operations?
  • Overcoming the issue of accessing blades in difficult locations and extreme climates
  • Using remote sensoring and diagnostics to drastically drive down O&M costs
  • Benefits of an around the clock observation approach 

Benn Faulkner,   Director,   Renewable Advice 

15:15

Chair's Closing Remarks

15:30 

Grab A Coffee And Go