Operations & Maintenance

E.ON eyes wind costs below 30 euros/MWh through closer ties with suppliers

Mar 1, 2017

The German utility has deployed a range of “Hands-on” supplier-operator partnerships to improve windfarm operations and greater knowledge-sharing between partners will generate further...

Turbine surface innovators look to erase 2% output losses

Feb 13, 2017

New data has revealed the impact of leading-edge erosion on energy production and advanced protection packages now offer long term performance gains and optimized maintenance windows,...

OEMs forecast to secure 50% of growing wind O&M market

Feb 1, 2017

Original Equipment Manufacturers are fending off competition in wind power operations and maintenance through a combination of longer service agreements, tailored offerings and...

Operators move to revenue-based maintenance contracts in post-tariff era

Jan 16, 2017

Europe's wind operators are turning to market-responsive contracts and data analytics to maximize wholesale market gains and cut costs as feed in tariffs give way to competitive...

Advanced turbine control, yaw adjustments offer yield gains of up to 8%

Jan 15, 2017

A data-led performance optimization plan can boost average wind generation by between 3% and 8% and some sites can achieve further gains through forestry restructuring, Aaron Culver,...

Canada wind fleet data shows CMS hikes output by 2.5%

Dec 5, 2016

TransAlta, Canada's largest wind operator, estimates condition monitoring systems (CMS) have increased its Annual Energy Production (AEP) by 2.5% and the company is piloting a...

German wind auctions hike power market risk for repowering projects

Nov 8, 2016

Expiring tariffs are set to boost repowering demand but new auction rules will require developers to optimize full-life costs and navigate power network priorities to maximize gains,...

Up to 20% of US wind installations since 2000 could be repowered using tax credits

Oct 26, 2016

About 15-20% of the wind energy projects installed in the United States since 2000 could be repowered to capture federal tax after the extension of the production tax credit (PTC),...

Canadian wind sector looks to de-icing systems to boost energy yield, revenues

Oct 10, 2016

Cold climate and de-icing technologies are improving the business case for wind power in Canada, but icing prediction and assessment remain problematic for the industry, experts told...

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