At UpWind Solutions, we excel at giving wind turbine owners and operators turnkey services ranging from up-tower services to crane related major repairs and performance enhancing upgrades like Vortex Generators.
Whether you want to upgrade to improve power output, update to the latest technology or increase reliability, our technicians have the training and experience that makes us the premier provider of retrofits and upgrades.
Upwind Solutions blade services are comprehensive from manufacturing due diligence, life cycle inspection and repairs, upgrades and long term maintenance programs supported by an experienced staff with deep industry roots.
It’s all about the customer and responding to your needs. Our approach is founded on interpreting the customer need and responding accordingly through real time consultation to fast response repairs. Leveraging both rope and platform at height access methods provides for an optimized solution in both efficiency and price.
Utilizing Upwind Insight informs a proactive maintenance strategy limiting surprises and ultimately turbine downtime.
All Upwind services are supported by a robust quality and engineering department and ISO 9001 certified process managing the human element and improving repeatable quality results. All repairs are completed using standard or customized work instruction procedures and supervised real time for accuracy application.
Our diverse service offerings and key partnerships with major component repair and rebuild facilities allows us to provide turnkey services to our customers. Along with gearbox replacements, we are able to provide rebuild options.
Our dedicated team of major maintenance technicians are capable of performing many major repairs up-tower using safe and quality processes Generator assembly replacement.
Up-tower repairs combined with our routine inspection programs will allow our customers to plan their repairs in advance to reduce downtime even further. The ability to provide turnkey services ensures our customers receive safe and quality support throughout the project.
UpWind Solutions partnered with SMART BLADE®, the wind industry aerodynamics experts, and 3M™ to deliver the best-in-class Vortex Generator solution for wind turbine rotor blades. The expertise of the three organizations combined created a new VG solution that is aerodynamically tested to provide the highest possible increase in AEP, with proven durability, and a standardized installation process that reduces installation costs and turbine downtime. The benefit to the customer is improved power production at low and mid wind speeds when the turbines are not producing at full capacity.
The flow visualization process SMART BLADE has developed is highly customized to the blade type. This allows for the recapturing of the maximum amount of power production otherwise lost to aerodynamic stall in the root region of the blade. Secondly, the materials (plastics and adhesives) used are designed for the harsh, UV rich environment of a high speed wind turbine blade.
The key to the UpWind Solutions/SMART BLADE/3M VG solution is a deep analysis of the blade aerodynamics in actual field conditions. Armed with a highly accurate map of the blade aerodynamics, a VG solution is designed specifically for that unique blade design. Unlike most other VGs available, the UpWind/SMART BLADE/3M VG Solution has the flexibility to place each individual VG in exactly the right location and orientation resulting in maximum AEP gains.
Leading Edge Erosion occurs for many reasons including for example the environment, tower height, blade make and performance. Upwind leverages our industry wide experience when analyzing these details and its relevance to erosion repair and protection. This starts with evaluating inspection reports or completing inspections such that the “true” extent of the damage can be assessed. The results will lead to an accurate estimate of the work required and consultation on the root cause. Some of the questions we strive to answer are:
Additionally taking account of the blade types and their material makeup will help to inform the appropriate leading edge protection to install.
SCADA infrastructure virtualization helps owners reduce the number of servers technical staff need to support and helps to create internal company equipment life cycle plans. It provides the technical staff with a more efficient and cost effective way to manage their servers and to protect their critical infrastructure.
A wind park typically has several OEM servers such as: Real-Time SCADA Server, Database Server, and Remote Access Server, all of which take up substantial space and require a lot of man power to ensure they run at peak performance. Most wind parks which have servers that have been running since COD are out of warranty (or soon to be), the parts needed to support are becoming harder and harder to find, and they are limited by legacy software restrictions. Often, in the event of failures, support staff are required to reach out to the OEM who in turn install their own proprietary applications costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Although blades make up much of our workload at height services applies great depth and ingenuity for solving jobs just out of reach. Upwind's At Height Services are focused on the full life cycle from transportation to construction and once cycling, in warranty or out of warranty.
UpWind Solutions offers a wide aray of At Height Services.
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