Forum Day Two - Thursday 11 October 2018

Morning Refreshments 


Chairperson's Introduction

Inspection, Prevention and Blade Damage


Improving In-Field Repair for New, Larger Blades

  • How far repair quality has already come in the industrial scale market with 1MW+ turbines
  • How technician training and experience play a role in inspection and repair quality
  • Examples of how proactive owner/operators apply vendor audit programs

Josh Crayton, Director of Business Development, Rope Partner


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

Darin Allen, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Puget Sound Energy


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

Gary Kanaby, General Manager, WindCom


Networking Break and Refreshments


Case Study: 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 

L.Scott Miller, Professor and Chair, Aerospace Engineering, Witchita State University

Billy Martin,  Director Enviromental Test Lab, National Institute of Aviation Research


Reliability in Blade Operation and Maintenance

  • Innovative technology within blade O&M and where to find it
  • Advantages of a robust in-house inspection and repair program
  • Learning how to handle budget constraints with repair necessities

Katelyn Reynolds, Operations Mechanical Engineer, INV Energy


Networking Lunch 


Interview: Breaking the Ice - Using Data Analysis to Optimise De-Icing Techniques

  • How to perform and qualify environmental analysis on- and off-site
  • Reducing costs of de-icing via data management without risking blade damage

Bob Gallaher, Wind Turbine Blade and Structures Engineer, NextEra Energy

Shaun Campbell , Editor, Windpower Monthly


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

Matt Malkin, Principal Engineer, DNV GL

Derek Berry , Senior Engineer and Director, IACMI

Bob Gallaher, Wind Turbine Blade and Structures Engineer, NextEra Energy

Anne-Marie Gautier, Lead Fleet Engineer, EDF Renewables


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 

Ben Mallernee,  Field Engineer,  ONE Energy


Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference