Blades Europe Forum, 18 - 19 February 2020

08:15 - 09:00

Registration Opens and Networking Morning Coffee

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Remarks

09:15 - 09:45

Daniel Liu, Principal Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Presentation

Weathering The Subsidy Free Storm: What Effect Will a Subsidy Free Wind Industry Have on O&M and Future Investment Plans?

  • Global trends: what will the subsidy free implication mean for Opex spend?
  • Where can new O&M efficiencies be identified to remain cost competitive with other energy providers?
  • Looking to the future: What will the blade O&M landscape look like in 5 years time?

09:45 - 10:30

Harriet Green, Principle Engineer, Equinor
Mark Forrest, Blades Research Leader, ORE Catapult
Phillip Brooks, Digital Transformation Scrum Master, Siemens Gamesa
(Moderator) Daniel Liu, Principal Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Panel Discussion

Are Larger Blades More Cost-Effective When Balanced Against O&M Costs?

Bigger blades have always been considered better when it comes to helping produce more energy and drive down the Levelized Cost of Electricity but how well how are O&M strategies adapting to this trend and remaining cost-effective? This session will address how you can develop an effective O&M strategy without data on failure trends or predicted OPEX. Our panelists will discuss how to mitigate the impact of structural damages associated with longer, lighter blades and how to best update your blade inspection and repair strategy to accommodate the taller turbines.

10:30 - 11:15

Networking Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:45

Nicolas Quiévy, Senior Wind Technology Manager, Engie
Harry Llywelyn Jones, Chief Engineer, Blade Technology, Siemens Gamesa
Moderator: David Weston, News Editor, Windpower Monthly

On-stage Interview with an OEM and Owner-Operator

Blade Design and Blade Quality Assurance: How Can the Industry Prevent Early Failure Through Design?

  • Are current certification standards a reliable hallmark of blade quality?
  • How do manufacturers intend to address failures in future blade designs?
  • Should OEMs update testing methods to take into account the nuances of longer, lighter blades? 
  • How can owner-operators ensure that testing before delivery has been rigorous?
  • What do manufacturers have to do to demonstrate blade quality to owner-operators before sale and after transit to the wind farm?

11:45 - 12:30

Birget Junker, Blade Specialist, RWE
Jan De Groof, Head of Asset Management & Procurement
Jiří Bula, Site Manager, CEZ
Senior representative from SGRE
(Moderator) David Weston, News Editor, Windpower Monthly

Panel Discussion

Working Better Together: Is it possible to transition From a Transactional Relationship to a Partnership Approach with OEMs?

  • How Can owner-operators and OEMs Improve their working relationship?
  • Case studies of transparent and mutually beneficial contracts: what is best practice, what lessons can be learnt and how can procurement help?
  • Is it possible to establish an industry wide definition of  what constitutes ‘critical’ damage and damage that should be covered by warranty?
  • Realigning OEM aims with with owner-operator needs

12:30 - 13:30

Networking Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:15

Teemu Vekkeli, O&M Technical Manager, Eurus Energy Europe BV
João Sardo, Wind Turbine Expert and International Asset Manager, Generg
Sam DeBruin, Director of Research and Development, SkySpecs
Thibault Gouache, Co-Founder and CEO, Cornis
(Moderator) Marco Bussellato, Wind Predictive Maintenance Manager - Global O&M Wind, Enel

Panel Discussion

Too Much Data to Handle?: Data Management, Categorisation and Storage Best Practices To Prime Your O&M for Digitalisation

  • How can you shift the analogue mindset of inspection and repair teams to ensure you are capturing data?
  • Doing more with your data: How can the industry actually use data collected to make better decisions rather than just organise it?
  • Data sharing: Where should ownership of the data lie, the owner-operator or the OEM?

14:15 - 14:35

Jay Choi, Co-Founder and CEO, Nearthlab

Presentation

More than the service, a guide towards owning and operating Autonomous Drones.

  • The key factors to consider between outsourcing or in-sourcing O&M solutions
  • How can AI and drone technologies enable a proactive response to incidental inspections?
  • Innovations and findings when integrating inspection data to in-house asset management platforms

14:35 - 15:05

Tom Sulzer, Co-founder, Sulzer & Schmid
Faustino Gomez, CEO, Nnaisense

Presentation

How Can Big Data and Advanced Analytics Improve Your Condition Monitoring?

To remain cost-competitive with alternative forms of energy in the subsidy-free era, the Wind Industry must find new efficiencies from data-driven cost-saving measures. Transitioning away from a reactive maintenance strategy has long been discussed, so what are the barriers preventing the industry from unlocking the full potential of predictive maintenance? In the case of rotor blade inspections, the mindset has long been that they represent a cost rather than an investment in data. More specifically, the absence of a repeatable inspection process that can capture uniform and consistent data has limited the applicability of advanced analytics methods as the training data for artificial intelligence was highly inconsistent. We’ll look at how data must be captured to fully leverage machine learning and what results you can expect from advanced analytics for blade damage detection.

15:05 - 15:30

Networking Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:15

Theodoros Pardalakis, M.Sc., Structural and Loads Engineer, Bladena
Find Mølholt Jensen, Chief Technology Officer, Bladena
Signe Lynge Olsson, Wind Turbine Specialist, Statkraft
Birgit Junker, Fleet Manager, RWE
Lene Hellstern, Former Head of Operations and Asset Management, HOFOR

Case Study and Panel Interview

How will Bladena’s CORTIR Project Revolutionise Blade Maintenance and Repair?

Designed to unify and be accepted by the entire value chain in the wind industry, Bladena’s CORTIR project and its associated Cost and Reliability Tool (CAR Tool) will minimise the risk and cost associated with blade O&M. Featuring state of the art methods of inspection geared towards preventative repair and the identification of best-cost optimal solutions for repair, here first hand how the CAR Tool will optimise you Opex and reduce Levelized Cost of Electricity.

16:15 - 17:30

Theoni Asimakopoulou, Senior Blade Engineer, EDF
Tom Dyffort, Managing Director, Altitec
Signe Lynge Olsson, Wind Turbine Specialist, Statkraft 
Jiří Bula, Site Manager, CEZ
Lorenzo Battisti, Associate Professor- Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento
Diego Kieffer, Turbine Maintenance Manager, RES
Marco Bussellato, Wind Predictive Maintenance Manager - Global O&M Wind, Enel
Teemu Vekkeli, O&M Technical Manager, Eurus Energy Europe BV
João Sardo, Wind Turbine Expert and International Asset Manager, Generg

Expert Driven Roundtables

Evaluating Established Inspection Strategies Versus New Methods of Inspection: How Can You Optimise Your Inspection Toolkit?

Hosted by a speaker, each table will be allocated either an established or new inspection technique that they will discuss.  Participants will move around the tables and have the opportunity to engage with the speakers and their peers as they discover different ways of improving old inspection methods and learn about the most revolutionary strategies hitting the market

 

Ground cameras Rope access inspection  Acoustic emission inspection  AI & automated inspection  Drones
Theoni Asimakopoulou, Senior Blade Engineer, EDF

Jiří Bula, Site Manager, CEZ

Tom Dyffort, Managing Director, Altitec 

Lorenzo Battisti, Associate Professor- Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento

Signe Lynge Olsson, Wind Turbine Specialist, Statkraft 

Diego Kieffer, Turbine Maintenance Manager, RES

Marco Bussellato, Wind Predictive Maintenance Manager – Global O&M Wind, Enel

Teemu Vekkeli, O&M Technical Manager, Eurus Energy Europe BV

João Sardo, Wind Turbine Expert and International Asset Manager, Generg

 

17:30 - 19:00

Close of Day One and Networking Drinks Reception

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