UpWind Solutions uses the latest technology to continually strive for Asset Optimization. We develop and investigate emerging products to create systems dedicated to improving your turbine's reliability and increasing production. We combine these advancements with our vast turbine knowledge to monitor, assess, and refine your asset, both hands on and remotely.
Inspections are key to prolonging the life of any asset. Knowing the precise condition of your turbine allows you to stay proactive and make smarter decisions. UpWind offers a wide range of inspections covering the complete life cycle of your turbine, from the manufacturing floor to the decommissioning phase.
Watch the recorded webinar
UpWind Solutions has completed over 4,000 end of warranty (EOW) inspections and has developed a unique expertise and process to ensure an owner takes full advantage of the value of their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) wind turbine warranty. The combination of our in depth technician training, history servicing wind turbines, operations excellence, and attention to micro details helps owners get a complete health check of their turbines. After an inspection, an owner will know exactly what state of repair their turbines are in prior to the warranty expiring and with enough guidance to submit claims and take corrective action before it is too late.
UpWind Solutions is well versed in providing the necessary information and documentation that supports the wind owner's warranty claims. UpWind provides the data and images the owner needs to successfully file a claim. We can guide you through the process and ensure you have everything you need to get the most value out of your warranty.
Think proactive, not reactive. The true value of inspection comes from the knowledge gained about the overall health of an owner's wind turbines. This holds value throughout the entire life cycle of your turbines. Understanding the condition of your assets can help improve maintenance cycle planning, warranty claims, assess the performance of your service provider or technicians, identify issues early on and schedule maintenance to prevent unnecessary costs and turbine failures in the future.
Consistent internal and external blade inspections provides an owner with a clear picture of the life and health of turbine blades, which allows for the identification of any serial defects or patterns among all of the blades at a wind farm.
Most minor damages, if identified early on, can be rectified with minimal downtime, sometimes even in a single day. Regularly scheduled inspections are non-invasive, and serve to identify potential or existing issues with the life and health of blades, so as to prevent any costly damages or any defects that could potentially be catastrophic in nature.
The last thing a wind farm owner wants is to exchange or replace an entire blade, which can result in increased downtime, affecting the return-on-investment (ROI).
Components often require storage prior to construction. These units can be stored for a month or up to several years. During this time it’s important to perform inspections to make sure your components remain brand new. Weather conditions, wildlife, and duration often impact your unit’s health. UpWind is well versed at understanding manufacturer’s guidelines and inspection protocols during this period.
A solid foundation is key to success. UpWind performs inspections on every level of your construction project. Shipping and receiving inspections verify no components fly with any defect or damage. Mechanical, electrical, and commissioning inspections assure each phase was completed according to the procedure. As the last punch-list items are completed we conduct final walk-downs to assure your project was delivered as promised.
The wind turbine inspection includes analysis that examines the condition of the internal hardware and in-service lubricant. By testing for contamination, the inspection can identify current issues and predict future problems with the gearbox. Using this data, wind farm owners can extend the life of their turbines.
UpWind Solutions provides 24/7 NERC compliant turbine monitoring. Our SCADA team evaluates your current IT infrastructure and determines the most efficient setup to work with any OEM system. After installation our 24/7 team will monitor WTG performance, events, and alarms. In addition we provide overnight site reporting so the site team can operate with efficiency.
Our 24/7 team is highly capable of integrating any curtailment plan into our monitoring services. As your primary or backup monitoring provider, we will curtail your units to meet your current agreements.
Integrated data acquisition and drivetrain component health monitoring. Our engineering team works side by side with you to determine the best approach for your assets. We implement solutions for existing monitoring systems as well as strategies for new installation. Our goal is to maximizing production by detecting component issues in their early stages.
Our primary monitoring services can also be replicated to meet your redundancy needs. UpWind provides 24/7 backup monitoring for turbines as well as BOP. Our SCADA team evaluates your current IT infrastructure and determines the most efficient setup to work with any OEM system.
UpWind Solutions offers a wide variety of SCADA services. The health of your data is always our highest priority. Our team comes with the expertise to handle older and newer systems, developed by all OEMs. We work, on site and remotely, to evaluate your infrastructure regardless of the current state. Our goal is to support your needs and make sure data is freely flowing in your hands.
UpWind Solutions provides 24/7 NERC compliant BOP monitoring. Our SCADA team evaluates your current IT infrastructure and determines the most efficient setup to work with any OEM system. After installation our 24/7 team will monitor BOP events and alarms.
UpWind’s Condition Monitoring (CM) service helps owners of wind farms by:
Major components of Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) have significant failure rates:
The goal of Condition Monitoring (CM) is to drive those expenses down. This can be done by decreasing the likelihood of failure, by lowering the replacement cost (by identifying little issues before they grow to be big issues) – or both!
Knowledge is power. Let UpWind Solutions help protect your bacon.
We’ve listened to our customers that are tired of systems they don’t understand. UpWind Performance Engineering puts experts to work for you – interpreting vibration and other CM data to draw real conclusions – and make meaningful recommendations for the health of your wind turbines. These improve reliability, increase longevity, and save you money.
Approximately 90% of WTG gearbox failures originate with bearing failure – but bearing failure is often easy to detect early, and so are many other mechanisms that lead to WTG failure! The good news is that – when these issues are identified – plans can be made to identify and address many of the underlying causes, improve maintenance practices, repair damage before it cascades, schedule repairs for a time that’s convenient for your wind turbine operations, and improve availability.
What is your machinery telling you? UpWind Solutions can help inform your next courses of data-driven action. This can range from top-level data analysis to performing Root Cause Analysis (RCA), or anything in-between.
Should the need arise, UpWind can also evaluate current maintenance practices, perform professional-grade borescope inspections, or assist in bearing alignments or replacements.
Feel safe, getting the most out of your equipment knowing it’s being watched and tracked by UpWind’s Performance Engineering team.
During the pre-commercial period, UpWind will provide the following services for the Facility:
QA/QC Services During the final three months (typical time frame) before the Commercial Operation Date (COD), UpWind will work together with the owner to ensure that each Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) is delivered on par with the OEM contract. The period during which the WTGs are being commissioned is called Phase 1. UpWind will perform select Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) services on behalf of the owner including:
All QA/QC services and the baseline inspection will be completed using UpWind Reports™, UpWind’s handheld devices, software and database tool, making the results accessible to both the owner and UpWind Engineering Teams as soon as the data streams to the UpWind servers.
During the commercial period, UpWind will provide the following services for the Facility:
UpWind can provide the following accounting services for the Facility:
This service will be performed at UpWind’s headquarters in San Diego, CA.
UpWind can provide the following accounting services for the Facility:
ISP vs OEM eBook
An independent service provider can indeed match and outperform the OEM when it comes to post warranty O&M services. You will learn the differences between an ISP and OEM and the value of assuming more control over your wind assets.
One year ago we published our first Vortex Generator (VG) case study based on limited data. Now, after installing 22,000 VGs and a year's worth of data, what have we learned?
“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
“This is a great report. Thank you for sending this. It is very helpful. This is exactly what we were looking for.” Josh Fausset Manager Renewable Energy, OGE Energy Corp
“It is considered that UpWind’s parts management and inventory is consistent with industry best practices.” DNV GL Capabilities Assessment 07.08.2014