Forum Day Two - Thursday 11 October 2018

Morning Refreshments 


Chair's Introduction

Inspection, Prevention and Blade Damage


Extending the Lifetime of a Blade to Decrease Cost and Maximise Efficiency

  • Preventing blade failure through regualr inspections and lessons learned from the European wind market
  • Discussing the optimum number of turbines for inspection to prolong blade failure
  • Understanding and managing the inspection process to be more cost-effective 


Case Study: Quantifying the Performance Impact of Leading Edge Erosion to Optimise Timing of Leading Edge Restoration

  • Determining the right time to act on leading edge erosion based on cost and benefit
  • Measuring performance of wind turbines in the field to understand the impact of leading edge erosion
  • Using data to compare power curves before and after leaading edge restoration

Leading Edge Erosion - How Can We Better Plan and Repair

  • Analysing the cost and time or reparation for optimum results
  • Assessing different methods of leading edge protection to optimise cost-efficiency
  • Identifying when erosion should be considered within the O&M planning programme

Networking Break and Morning Refreshments


Lessons Learnt from the Aviation Industry

  • Utilising aviation technology to create retrofit winglet to increase power output and rapid return on investment 
  • Identifying regulation and testing issues and how these are overcome in other industries
  • Understanding design concepts to adapt to blades for long term easy maintenance protection from lightning 

Technology in Blade Operation and Maintenance

  • Innovative technology within blade O&M and where to find it
  • How will innovations change future operations within the industry?
  • Learning how to handle data influx and tech changes to optimise performance

Utilising In-house Drone Technology for Effective Fleet Inspection

  • Collecting and analysing images to identify, anticipate and prevent future blade damage
  • Maintaining data and creating actionable steps
  • Identifying industry challenges and advantages to self-perform 

Networking Lunch 


Panel Discussion: Establishing Consistent Categorisation of Damages to Ensure Appropriate Reparation Techniques

  • The importance of pushing for an industry standard on damage catergorisation and how to make this a reality

  • Understanding the importance of having a standardised process to increase quality of repairs 

  • Discussing the need for certification / qualifications for repair specialists and the impact this would have on the industry
  • Ensuring standardisation across reparation specialist programmes


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


Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 


End Of Forum