Exclusive speaker interview with Massimo Derchi, Managing Director, Erg Renew, Italy

Massimo Derchi

In the lead up to the Wind Operator Congress Europe, taking place this December in London, we spoke with  Massimo Derchi, Managing Director, Erg Renew, Italy to get some more insights about the wind power operations industry.

 

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for wind power operators to increase productivity of assets without excessive capex?

For a small-mid size players, the shortest route to increase productivity is to open competition to ISP providers on O&M: most likely, they would achieve an increase in availability and a reduction in costs. For large size players, insourcing O&M and improving predictive maintenance (e.g. installing CMS on multi-MW turbines) would allow even greater benefits.

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Exclusive Speaker Interview with Carsten Westergaard, Sandia National Laboratories Wind Energy Department

Carsten WestergaardIn the lead up to the Wind Operator Congress North America, taking place this September in Chicago, we spoke with Carsten Westergaard, Professor of Practice, Texas Tech University to get some more insights about the wind power operations industry.

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What do you see as the biggest opportunity for wind power operators to increase productivity of assets without excessive capex?

I think that operators have become very professional and have a strong handle on availability. I think the next logical step is automatic detection of underperformance, systematic detection of issues from A to Z, systematic reporting and systematic planning of corrective actions. However, as always true, the big improvements will be found in upgrades which increases power performance directly. Vortex generators was pioneered in the mid 1990ies and demonstrated on the turbines like the Elkraft 1MW test turbine near Copenhagen and is today a mainstream upgrade boosting asset performance. Methods to defeat leading edge erosion is extremely important to aerodynamic performance and upgrades of older underperforming controls systems are amongst the newer possibilities. Continue reading

Victor Hernandez, GE Wind Energy @ Wind Operator Congress Europe 2014

Victor Hernandez, Europe Wind Services Sales Leader form GE Wind Energy spoke about how to improve the cost of maintenance and energy, and the future challenges they will be facing on the ever changing European market.

Join the Wind Operator Congress Europe 2015 for the most recent wind power industry updates in London, 26-28 October 2015.

An interview with Nanik Singh, Regional Director – Central America & Caribbean, INNOVENT

Nanik_Singh_BW Nanik Singh, Regional Director – Central America & Caribbean, INNOVENT, answers key questions about wind power in Central America.

Nanik Singh will be speaking at the Wind Power Central America Congress in July in Panama.

As an estimation, what do you envisage the potential Wind Power projects pipeline for Wind in Central America over the next 3 years?

In terms of the capacity of the investors & developers in the area I think is possible to have more than 200MW per year of Wind Installed in the region. Nevertheless this capacity will be restricted in terms of the willingness of the government agencies in charge of providing tenders on time or mechanism to incorporate this non-conventional renewable energy into the grid.

What are the 3 top challenges organisations face when looking to develop wind farms in the region?

First will be getting the right in house partner or outside consultant which knows the legal and technical requirements to develop projects accordingly to the specific country in Central America. Second, clear market rules and programed tenders so the developer can plan ahead. Last, grid investment on behalf of the grid operator, so new projects have the opportunity to connect to the grid without curtailing.  Continue reading

Wind Central America Congress – Top Tips From Leonel Umana, Development Manager, Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy

Globeleq developed the Cerro de Hula wind farm in Honduras. We asked Leonel for a brief overview of this successful project.

“Cerro de Hula is a wind farm with an installed capacity of 126 MW. It´s located in San Buenaventura and Santa Ana Municipalities, in which there are 63 turbines installed. Inside the project area, the company has to work with 300 landowners, where we have installed turbines and built access, platforms and interconnection infrastructure. Continue reading

Wind Central America Congress Quick-Fire Q&A with Sean Porter, Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy

Quick-Fire Q&A

Sean Porter, Senior Business Development Manager at Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy

Q. As an estimation, what do you envisage the potential Wind Power projects pipeline for Wind in Central America over the next 3 years?

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Speaker interview – Hernan Diaz Del Castillo Fernandez, Structured Finance Manager, BICSA

Hernan Diaz Del Castillo

An Interview with Hernan Diaz Del Castillo Fernandez, Structured Finance Manager, BICSA

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