At first glance, it would appear vital to stock critical wind turbine components to cover potential breakdowns and minimize downtime. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible, due to financial constraints or inadequate storage. But what if stockpiling components wasn’t as important as it appeared? Rather, careful maintenance planning and diagnostics may be the deciding factors for consistent uptime.
Understanding for how long a bearing will be operational is vital for planning wind turbine maintenance and budget allocation. Therefore, this information is key for operators when selecting the right component for their application. Calculations based on statistical models are used to estimate bearing rating life. In this article, the Wind Farm Management Blog analyzes how this process works.
In recent years, drones have become much more present in our society. They are used for tasks such as homeland security, shooting videos, and plans are even in place for them to deliver packages. This trend is now coming into action in the wind energy sector.
The prospect of turning the world’s second largest continent – by size and population – green is more than a little intriguing. As Africa moves toward a goal of universal electricity, the wind industry has an opportunity to shape the future.