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.
Global developments have strengthened the business case for AI-driven industrial analytics in wind farms. Predictive maintenance helps wind energy businesses to operate self-sufficiently, extend asset health and lifespans, reduce O&M costs, and better protect repair crews.
Like every other industry, wind energy is facing periods of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are certain steps operators can take to keep staff safe and enable business continuity.
In every cloud there is a silver lining. Recent developments in China, where the COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of subsiding, could be a sign of just that. As the worldwide battle to flatten the curve wages on, governments are propping up the global economy with stimulus packages. For many thrown into uncertainty, this government aid is a welcome rescue. For sustainable energy, it could be the beginning of a boon.