28 Nov '11, 3pm

Do Offshore Wind Farms Need a New Maintenance Model? via @reworld

Do Offshore Wind Farms Need a New Maintenance Model? via @reworld

But what if the very model used by many operators today to decide maintenance requirements in the first place is flawed? What if a lack of guidance or knowledge is leading operators to turn a blind eye to necessary routine maintenance, and rather rely on expensive reactive maintenance? And what if not enough is being done to assure the integrity of an offshore installation in its entirety as a complete asset, and with it sustained and reliable electricity generation into the future? The current means of maintaining offshore wind farms — which in the case of every project is an extremely valuable set of equipment combining as one asset — is at best in need of radical improvement, and at worst threatening the safe and reliable operation of renewable projects, particularly those located offshore. So how are things done at the moment? Let’s look at a typical offshore wind farm...

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