Operations & Maintenance

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.

O&M post-warranty competition spurs innovation as costs fall

Mar 30, 2016

Post-warranty service costs have fallen on increased competition and technological advances and operators must select the solution most tailored to their risk profile.

Operators tighten control of spare parts risk

Mar 14, 2016

Predictive technologies have provided onshore wind farm operators with new cost-saving tools to plan spare parts strategies and operators are taking a more hands-on approach to...

Iberwind builds on 98% availability with fresh yaw, blade gains

Feb 15, 2016

Portugal’s Iberwind has increased the availability of its wind farms by around 4% since 2007 and expects further performance improvements following trailblazing tests on yaw alignment...

Gearbox faults to plummet on small part upgrades, predictive tools

Jan 31, 2016

Advances in component manufacturing and performance forecasting are set to halve the number of gearbox faults within a few years, Edwin Hidding, GE product manager, said.

European tariff cuts support cost-saving lifespan extensions

Jan 18, 2016

Firms in markets offering low incentives for repowering have developed cost efficient maintenance which can expand lifespans by as much as ten years and improve condition monitoring...

Spares storage can halve downtimes, cut purchase prices

Dec 16, 2015

Improving spare-parts strategies can slice fault-related downtimes for onshore turbines and many plant operators are storing some components just a few hours away, sector experts said.

Predictive repair technology to usher in fresh savings

Dec 16, 2015

New technology which accelerates data analysis and improves component monitoring is forecast to drive the European onshore wind industry towards predictive operations and maintenance...

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