Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day Two - Thursday 21 September 2017

Registration And Refreshments 


Chair's Opening Remarks 

Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

Getting Good Data From Your Operations: Standardization Issues And Categorization Of Damages


Automated Anomaly Detection And Big Data Management For Greater O&M Efficiency

  • Best practice for collecting and categorizing data on damages to an industry standard
  • Save engineering time by utilizing deep learning algorithms to identify and locate anomalies

  • Utilizing Blade Management Software to manage blade assets at scale

  • The need for a standard categorization to improve work flow and budgeting processes

  • Use data for better blade life cycle management

  • Improve AEP

  • Decrease repair costs

  • Diminish downtime

  • Extend life of blades

Lonnie Bloomquist , Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman,  EdgeData


Panel: Closing The Information Loop From Up Tower Back To The Control Room And Factory Floor

  • Correctly categorizing faults and damages and relating that back to the design and manufacture stages
  • Creating a better rapport and level of engagement between the designers, the manufacturers and the engineers fixing the faults
  • Using past repair scenarios to make more informed future decisions
  • How to eliminate damage and repair issues in the design phase
  • Using optimal recognition software in testing/screening phase before blades are signed off

Moderator:   Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

Panel Participants:

Jim Platts, Senior Teaching Associate, University Of Cambridge

Dr. Kyle K Wetzel,  Founder,  Wetzel Wind Energy Services

Byron Jessee,  Director of Commercial Renewables Central Operations, Duke Energy


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

Assessing The Viability Of Vertical Integration And Having The Correct Experience In Your Workforce


Panel: Developing A Blade O&M Team In-House Vs. Outsourcing

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of each option?
  • How much work is enough to make sense in developing an in-house team?
  • Building your own data library in house and decreasing your dependency on manufacturers and service providers
  • When does it make sense financially?
  • What kinds of scale work do you need and what skill level is required, is it possible to have a 'jack of all trades' or do you need a specialist?

Moderator:   Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON

Panel Participants:

Jian Lahir, Blade Engineer, EDPR

Josh Crayton, Director Of Business Development, Rope Partner

Rob Edinger,  Senior Operations Manager, Algonquin Power


The Need For A More Regulated And Verifiable Work Force

  • Why new inspection, maintenance and repair methods still need experienced professionals to assess damage and provide reports?
  • Learning from the utility industry: creating guidelines and certifications for technicians carrying out certain fixes
  • How having a base level standard for experience required on certain repairs and maintenance jobs can result in more quality and actionable reports
  • Why in-house teams are best as you can be sure of their training and level of competency?

Rob Edinger, Senior Operations Manager, Algonquin Power

Optimizing O&M Activities: Using Predictive Maintenance And Better Understanding Of Your Turbines To Reduce Costs


Innovative Leading Edge Protection For The Lifespan Of The Blade

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

Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan,  Global Business Manager – Wind Energy, 3M


Networking Lunch 


Case Study:  How To Create A Robust Blade Maintenance Program

  • How are the standards of O&M changing and how to instigate a blade maintenance program that may not have been budgeted for
  • The need for better understanding of the blade material from manufacturers for improved maintenance
  • Exacting a requirement for a certain level of experience and skill set in order to carry out certain types of repair
  • Monitoring bond lines among other critical structural areas and fixing damages early to prevent greater costs later on
  • Creating a follow-up of damage preventative maintenance program from inspection data

Sheryl Weinstein, Blade Services Manager & Wind Corps Supervisor, Rope Partner


Using Inspection And Repair Data To Improve Maintenance Plans And Service Contracts 

  • 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 Study Examples

Ville Karkkolainen, Managing Director, Bladefence


Asset Management For Your Blades And Keeping Costs Down

  • Understanding the weather conditions of your particular site to pre-empt certain types of erosion and damages 
  • How to implement a maintenance program that was never planned for whilst also demonstrating the need for it?
  • Finding the balance between low cost and quality inspection and repair methods 
  • What are the benefits of different blade models and how best can older blades be repurposed?
  • Creating your own data library to be more informed in the future

Ann Walter,   Asset Management Manager,  EDPR


Chair's Closing Remarks

Guillermo Lozano,  Blade Engineer,  E.ON


Extended Networking Time And Afternoon Refreshments


End Of Forum