Operations & MaintenanceRSS feed
News & in-depth analysis of wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety, refitting, repowering, wind monitoring and site security.
Learning from the oil and gas industry can help accelerate floating offshore wind development and cut costs, according to attendees at a RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables conference.
Renewable energy developers are "very unprepared" for cyber security attacks, a senior analyst for underwriter GCube told Windpower Monthly, after an attack victim was named in government documents.
DNV GL has approved Chinese manufacturer Goldwind's lidar-assisted control system for wind turbines -- the first time the certification body has verified a laser-aided system for turbine control.
Rapid technological improvements and falling costs could help drive an exponential increase of the global offshore wind fleet by 2040, but additional investment and the sector unlocking new revenue streams could prompt a 25-fold growth.
New analysis predicts onshore wind turbine prices could see a "modest" increase in the early part of the next decade, in part due to the collapse of Senvion.
Following the loss of the servicing contract at the 203MW Trianel Borkum Windpark II site in Germany, Windpower Monthly takes a look at where other deals could be made.
Deutsche Windtechnik will service 32 Senvion turbines at the 203MW Trianel Borkum Windpark II project in the German North Sea, replacing the embattled manufacturer as operations and maintenance (O&M) provider.
Renewables will soon provide the largest share of the UK's electricity generation mix, according to official figures, with the growth in wind -- lately in offshore -- driving the sector to a tipping point.
The three projects that make up the Horns Rev offshore-wind hub off Denmark's west coast perfectly illustrate how the sector developed over the last two decades. Windpower Monthly dissects the performance data to see if bigger really is better.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's (SGRE) solution to prevent leading-edge erosion combines a hardware upgrade with simulation software. Already incorporated into the blades for its latest offshore platforms, the company is fitting it to hundreds of operating onshore and offshore wind turbines.
As turbines grow taller and blades get longer, keeping them in working order throws up new challenges. We look at the trends in the service sector and pick out some innovative new solutions.
Should repair and replacement of major components on floating turbines be carried out at the project location, or in the still waters of port after tugging the unit home?
While modern manufacturing practices and techniques such as predictive maintenance have helped make premature bearing failure a rare occurrence. However, it can still happen and when it does it can have a catastrophic effect.