Operations & Maintenance

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...

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...

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