In wind farm operations, Reliability-centered Maintenance (RCM) is an advanced strategy used to optimize reliability, production, and asset life for wind farm owners. RCM emphasizes the use of Predictive Testing and Inspection (PT&I) techniques in combination with traditional reactive, preventive, and proactive measures to determine the optimum tasks based on the consequences, costs, and safety risk.
Wind energy becomes more cost effective when the costs of building the projects or operating the projects are reduced. On the operations side, cost reductions are achieved through building a reliability centered maintenance program for these projects. A key element to building a reliability centered maintenance program is utilizing many different data sets such as parts usage, parts age, production, parts condition and failure causes.
Regularly scheduled maintenance and service are necessary to keep and maintain the WTGs and WTG equipment in good working order including, but not limited to, periodic bolt torqueing, inspection, testing, lubrication, testing and other overhauling of the tower, nacelle cover and bedplate, blades, transmission system / drive train, yaw system, hydraulic system, control box, WTG mechanical and electrical equipment, all of which shall be performed in accordance to published maintenance recommendation from the OEM, or as amended by technical bulletins.
Scheduled maintenance services include the following:
At UpWind, the Engineering team is responsible for monitoring the performance and providing root-cause analysis and troubleshooting of 5,000 MW of wind turbines, including the GE, Gamesa, Acciona, Vestas, and Clipper wind turbines. The diversity of technologies provides a wide range of experience on hydraulic and electric pitch systems, generators, converters, yaw drives and all failure modes on every gearbox model
Our experienced troubleshooters develop additional training programs and Job Performance Measures (JPMs) for recently hired technicians, providing a clear path of success for all of our managed sites.
Maintenance and service is necessary to keep the WTGs and WTG equipment in good working order. This includes initial troubleshooting, unscheduled lubrication, consumables/wear parts and minor repairs to all WTG components, including general housekeeping and cleaning of the WTGs and equipment:
UpWind’s comprehensive O&M services now include two new options to optimize value and profitability throughout the project’s lifecycle.
When should O&M start on a wind farm project? The easy answer is …at the beginning. From project inception through the end of life, O&M strategy and execution must be considered, developed, tested, refined, and continuously improved.
“UpWind’s O&M service offering ranks in the highest capability range of any O&M service provider” DNV GL Capabilities Assessment 07.08.2014
“When we need more knowledge, we call UpWind” Erik Homen - AES Wind Generation, Lead Technician
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“It is considered that UpWind’s parts management and inventory is consistent with industry best practices.” DNV GL Capabilities Assessment 07.08.2014