Wind Energy

History and Status

The wind energy industry has experienced massive growth over the last two decades from 7.2 GW of installed capacity in 1997 to more than 500 GW in 2017. Today wind energy is considered a vital part of the energy supply. Further substantial growth in this asset base is expected due to the imminent achievement of grid parity. This growth has been accompanied by rapid technological progress and continuous innovation, with a fast evolution in the design and scale of the turbines themselves. With an asset aging structure that will see more and more installed wind turbines reaching advanced operating ages and a further digitalisation of the industry, the ability to efficiently determine the technical state of the wind turbines becomes much more important.

Challenges

The rapid growth of the wind industry was not accompanied by a digitalisation strategy, leaving OEMs, asset owners and operators struggling to find the right instruments to monitor their fleets. The sheer number of wind turbines – more than 350.000 units installed worldwide – calls for an automated solution for monitoring, reporting, analytics and diagnostics combined with further recommendations on actions for lifetime extension. Most of the expert knowledge on wind turbine performance is tacit and embedded in local service organisations active for a given set of wind turbines.

An answer

Uptime Engineering provides OEMs, asset owners and fleet operators with the possibility to monitor, report, analyse and diagnose wind turbine fleets from any OEM. The specific expertise of Uptime Engineering in the domain of wind turbine failures helps customers to gain technical and thus cost transparency for their fleets. Uptime Engineering has also worked for suppliers in the wind industry, helping them to increase reliability of their components assembled into a wind turbine.

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