Blade Inspection, Damage and Repair 

Forum Day 1: Tuesday 10 October 2017

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Chair’s Welcome And Opening Remarks

Isaac Tavares, Offshore Assets Manager Innogy Renewables UK 



How To Successfully Carry Out Cost And Time Effective Inspections And Post Repair Refurbishment

  • What specifically owner operators are so concerned with regard to lifetime?

- How often do we inspect?

- How do we address it?

- Alternative methods to heavy inspection strategy

  • How to get more value out of existing blade inspection results
  • Moving from perceived to realistic life expectancy to plan refurbishment and take the right offshore access decisions 
Nicolas Quievy, Wind Onshore Technology Manager, Engie 

The Role Of Drone Inspections With Other Conventional Methods

  • Automation - The future of UAV blade inspections?  
  • Further testing requirements
  • Picture categorisation and how to compile them into main categories

- Reviewing and analysing data gathered from the drone

Andre Moura, Founder And CEO, Pro-Drone



Ground Based Thermographic Inspection

  • Thermography benefits for structural and composite material analysis
  • Ground based non-destructive inspection
  • Comparison of optical and thermal data
  • Auto-stitching for optical and thermal imaging, flaw localization and severity classification

Jürgen Austen, Senior Expert, Hensoldt (former Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH )


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


Let The Blade Data Talk!

  • Collecting and structuring blade data: how do you aggregate blade inspection and repair data coming from different suppliers?
  • Analyse and observe the data: how do you measure the quality of the inspection images you receive?
  • What defects do you have on your blades? And, how do you make efficient O&M blade decisions from data reports?
  • Leverage your blade data: how machine learning makes your life easier

Thibault Gouache, CEO, Cornis


Artificial Intelligence For Independent Blade Defect Detection

  • AI for automated blade defect detection improving quality, saving time and reducing cost
  • Cloud service for guided analysis reducing total inspection imagery to assess from 100% to 3%
  • Reducing lead time between inspection and access to analysis results
  • Consistent analysis carried out every single time
  • Independent industry service provider on blade defect assessment and following repair recommendations
Anders Røpke, CEO & Founder, Wind Power LAB 

Exploring The World Of Automation For Blade Maintenance

  • Analysis of main costdriver for blade maintenance
  • Presentation of platform for automation
  • Case study of implementation
Hans Laurberg, CEO, Rope Robotics 

Networking Lunch 


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 examples 

Ville Karkkol ainen,  Managing Director,  Bladefence 



Structural Enhancement Technologies For Blades – Reduced O&M Cost And Risk

  • Avoid damages and reduce your risk
  • Reduce O&M cost for blades by utilising innovative solutions
  • Removed that Root cause for damage and secure the life time of the blade
  • Case study and test: D-Stiffener™

Ryan Lauridsen, CSO - Head Of Global Sales, Bladena


Industry Developments On Understanding and Counteracting Leading Edge Erosion

  • What is leading edge erosion, how does it occur and what are the effects?
  • How is erosion being tackled in new blade design as blades become longer/ tip speed is increased?
  • What products are available for field retrofit and how do you choose the “right” product?
  • Can an industry standard approach to leading edge erosion characterisation be accomplished?

Benjamin Green, Blade Specialist, Vestas


PANEL DISCUSSION: Why Is So Crucial To Have A Unified Damage Classification And Standardisation Approach?

  • Lack of standardised approach gives space to more tailored solutions, but what are the implications?
  • Who should take the lead in defining the classification of damages?  OEM, Developer or certification groups? 
  • Is the current approach just too primitive?
  • What can we learn from the Aerospace industry?
  • Categorising what type of damage occurs and in what type of blade
  • Determining why certain damage happens and in what kind of environment to better standardise O&M approaches 


Konstantin Behnisch, Head Of Blade Service And Composites, Nordex /Acciona Wind Power

Birgit Junker, Fleet Manager, E.On

Benjamin Green, Blade Specialist, Vestas


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments



Start-up leaders and technology providers present a short 5 minute pitch about their products followed by Q&A with a panel of judges. The contest has the aim to provide a vehicle for start-ups and small technology providers to get much needed exposure to key industry investors and buyers.

For more information to apply and to have the opportunity to be shortlisted visit:

The Contestants:

Pedro Pinto, CEO, Fibersail

Kostas Karachalios, CEO, Perceptual Robotics 

Thomas Sulzer,  Co-Founder,  Sulzer & Schmid Labs

The Judges:

Ryan Lauridsen, CSO - Head Of Global Sales, Bladena

Pasquale Braione,  Senior Manager Blades, TPO South Europe And LATAM, Vestas

Christian Bak, Senior Scientist, DTU Wind Energy

Andrew Bellamy, Director, 8.2 Aarufield

Birgit Junker,  Fleet Manager,  E.On


Q&A Panel with audience


Winner Announcement 


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Drinks Reception