Operations & Maintenance

Europe's offshore wind sector to see rising demand for dedicated O&M vessels

Sep 27, 2016

About 25 offshore windfarms in Europe will require dedicated maintenance vessels by 2020, John Oosthoek, market intelligence manager for Offshore Renewables at Royal IHC, told Wind...

Fully automated drones could double wind turbine inspection rates

Sep 27, 2016

Using drones that follow automated flight paths without the need for a human pilot could allow wind farm project teams to inspect up to twice as many turbines in a day as they can...

Oil filtration could reduce transformer faults, cut O&M costs

Sep 13, 2016

Emerging oil filtration techniques could minimize pad-mount transformer faults and reduce one of the biggest sources of wind farm balance-of-plant (BoP) maintenance, Judah Moseson,...

New data analysis models aim to raise turbine reliability to 99.5%

Sep 13, 2016

Improving wind turbine reliability to 99.5% will require new data analysis approaches across the industry as existing techniques won’t allow the sector to go above current reliability...

Turbine suppliers offer longer service contracts, cut O&M charges

Aug 16, 2016

Wind turbine manufacturers are responding to greater operations and maintenance (O&M) competition with longer maintenance contracts and lower service charges, experts told Wind...

Bearings, data analytics to lead O&M cost cuts

Jul 19, 2016

Predictive maintenance will allow wind farm operators to maximize gains from the latest bearings research and extend gearbox lifespans in the coming years, industry experts said.

Duke Energy estimates cost savings of up to 35% from shifting to in-house O&M

May 9, 2016

Switching to self-performance of wind farm operations and maintenance (O&M) at end of warranty can cut costs by between 25% and 35% and allow operators to make more design...

Pro-active upgrades boost income of ageing turbines

Mar 30, 2016

Operators are performing strategic upgrades, leveraging remote data analysis and optimizing spare parts supply chains to maximize the performance of ageing assets.

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