- Optimizing wind farm development and operation 1.22 MB
- Wind farm layout optimization 134.4 KB
- Wind farm cable optimization 121.89 KB
- Wind farm power forecasting 64.13 KB
- Power plant condition monitoring 130.85 KB
- Power plant failure root cause analysis 79.96 KB
- Power plant risk assessment and management 88.05 KB
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For three decades, we have supported over 6 GW of both onshore and offshore projects in simple and complex terrains.
Our clients have relied on us to manage the development, feasibility and construction of over 2.5 GW of offshore wind farms. Our role in such development projects includes finding the best location for turbines, assessing yield, and reviewing foundations, structural components, electrical systems and grid components.
After warranty periods, we have the know-how to manage your assets through life and to optimize your return on investment for offshore and onshore turbines and generators from all leading manufacturers, including Siemens and Vestas ranging in output from 2 MW to the latest 8 MW or greater technology.
We are independent of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and so can support you in challenging OEM repair and maintenance strategies, gaining maximum value for money.
Our services and specialist software will support you to:
- Increase availability
- Achieve lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE)
- Optimize capital expenditure
- Reduce operational expenditure
Recovery of lost revenue and damages
An offshore wind farm operator entrusted us to investigate the cause of a cable failure resulting in a loss of output. Our experts did a thorough root cause investigation and identiﬁed a fundamental manufacturing defect in the cable as a pre-existing condition. The same defect was believed to exist in multiple locations within the cables. Based on the results of our experts’ analysis, the wind farm operator was able to recover not only the cost of replacement of the failed cable and associated export cables under the warranty from the manufacturer, but also the loss in revenue incurred.
Feasibility, Construction, Commissioning
CableArchitect™ – Reduction in cable cost
For the development of a German offshore wind farm, our client entrusted us with the revision of the cable layout. CableArchitect™, our proprietary cable layout optimizer, was the ideal tool for this purpose. We produced a new layout based on the turbine positions, grid and other parameters supplied by the client. By considerably reducing the length of cable required, our client achieved 4.4% off the CAPEX.
Operation & Maintenance
Independent vibration monitoring – Early detection avoids expensive repair
A UK client sought to prevent the major failure of expensive wind turbine drive train components by early detection of potential problems. Our vibration monitoring solution was ideal for this purpose. We installed the system on the turbines and connected the sensors and related site data to our online platform. This early warning system allowed us to detect a crack which was developing in a main generator bearing. Our client could execute an in-situ repair, which avoided a major failure.
Asset Management & Optimization
Maximize your maintenance strategies
Our client’s offshore wind farm was at risk of potential cable failure and loss of output caused by scour affecting exposed array cables. We identified high-risk elements for each turbine and assessed asset life dependent on the length of exposed cable. Through our support the operator was able to revise its maintenance approach based upon the risk of failure and the cost of options for cable repair/replacement.
Repowering, Relifing and Replanting
Repowering – Upgrade and extend life
Our client needed to optimize the long-term commercial value of an early 1990s wind farm. We provided both technical and commercial support to justify continued safe operation of the existing plant beyond the original design life, whilst developing the environmental permitting requirements for a repowered site. The final design proposed by us took advantage of the latest technology advancements. The repowered site now has less than half the original number of wind turbines but has an increased power output maximizing the electrical grid connection capacity.