Energy Sustainability and Reliability Analyst Intertek Santa Clara, California
Presentation Description: A series of short case studies will be presented to highlight the pains experienced in wind energy infrastructure. The complex interconnection of structural, electrical, and mechanical components present in a horizontal axis wind turbine are subject to a myriad of operational and environmental conditions leading to mundane and exotic failures. From the tip of the blade to the tower base bolts this series highlights failure issues unique to wind energy converters. Stories from crib death to extended life provide unique insight to aid operators in maintaining wind asset integrity into the future.
Conduct more thorough inspections prior to startup or during operations of a wind farm. Operators and owners will be able to avoid similar failures, convert some unexpected maintenance issues into scheduled maintenance, and avoid extended periods of non-operation due to issues outlined in the case studies.