Forum Day One - Wednesday 10 October 2018

Delegate Registration And Morning Refreshments 


Chairperson's Introduction

Strategic Concerns in Wind Farm Development; Operations and Maintenance


Opening keynote: Benchmarking US Fleets Against other Global Wind Farms to Drive Strategic Growth

  • Identifying key cost drivers to determine optimal maintenance strategies for existing US wind farms
  • Maximising value of operational strategies by minimising risk and uncertainty in future projects and sites
  • Critical assessment of the existing market and identifying new geographies for wind farm development 

Carsten Westergaard, President, Westergaard Solutions Inc.


Panel Discussion: Assessing How to Prepare for an Ageing Fleet and Optimise Existing Assets

  • Maximising the yield and efficiency of online wind farms nearing the end of their life cycle
  • Reinvesting in existing infrastructure to extend lifecycle of your fleet
  • Expected growth and opportunity in repowering farms across the industry

Ben Rice,  Senior Manager, Operations Engineering, Pattern Energy

Ville Karkkolainen, Director of Business Development, Bladefence

Kyle Wetzel, Wind Blade Consultant, Optima


Asset Life Optimisation - Getting the Most Out of Your Investment

  • Decreasing blade downtime to increase overall revenue and profit of your asset
  • Ensuring a return on investment through blade reparation and damage prevention
  • Understanding the role of data and how to utilise it within asset optimisation

Bret Anderson , Key Account Manager, 3M Renewable Solutions


Morning Break and Refreshments

Operational Concerns:


Optimising Functionality and Increasing Profitability through Blade Design

  • Discussing alternative materials, composites and new material mixes and the impact on energy output
  • Assessing the impact of poor blade efficiency on turbine power output
  • Ensuring blade design damage prevention to increase revenue

Josh Paquette, Blade Reliability Project Lead, Sandia National Laboratories


Assessing and Repairing Structural Damage caused by Transverse Cracks

  • Awareness of structural damages found in the field with focus on transverse cracks
  • Root Cause Analysis of the transverse cracks. Presentation of studies that lead to understanding the cause of the cracks found in the field
  • Solution of transverse cracks. Brief technical understanding of how the root cause is addressed
  • Financial impact of removing the root cause versus the typical repair campaign without removing the root cause

Andrei Buliga , Project Manager, Bladena


Networking Lunch


Case Study: Using Data-led Insights to Optimise O&M Performance 

  • How to forecast failure and performance degradation through better measurement tools and analysis
  • Managing multiple data sources to analyse and unlock key turbine performance insights

  • Extending asset life span through predictive maintenance analytics

Chris Shroyer, President, BladeEdge


Emerging and Innovative Trends Within Inspection Tools to Assess Blade Damage Effectively

  • Assessing internal vs external inspection tools for effective lifecycle management 

  • Understanding the use of machine learning and its uses within inspection
  • How to identify and analyse significance of damage effectively

Scott Riddell,   Lead Composite Repair Technology Engineer,   GE Wind


Afternoon Break and Refreshments 


Blade Maintenance and Repair World Cafe

  • What makes a good inspection company?
  • How can data analytics be used for preventative maintenance?
  • How can vendor audit programmes be used to improve inspection and repair?
  • How can owner/operators transition from serial repair strategy to preventative maintenance?

End Of Day 1 

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