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R&D needs for O&M of wind turbines
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ECN Wind Energy 1-6-2003
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ECN-RX--03-045 Conference Paper
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Presented at: European Wind Energy Conference 2003, Madrid, Spain, 16-19 juni 2003.

Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of wind farms is usually anactivity which is carried out by industrial parties only. This paper shows that in addition to the industrial developments, the results of R&D efforts lead to a more structured approach of the O&M issue and towards optimisation of the maintenance strategies of wind farms. In general, optimisation of the maintenance strategy should result into: reducing the direct costs for maintenance; reducing the downtimes; and quantifying, controlling, and reducing the risks of O&M costs over the lifetime. It is expected that offshore wind farms will benefit the most from the R&D results. The following R&D topics related to O&M of wind farms will be discussed in this paper:

  • key figures for O&M of wind turbines (trends in costs, failures, etc.)
  • development of cost models for quantifying O&M costs and uncertainties over the lifetime of (offshore) wind farms;
  • feedback of O&M data for optimising O&M procedures and the necessity of data collection over large populations;
  • the added value and limitations of condition monitoring.

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