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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Exclusive Speaker Interview with Emil Moroz, President, EM Energy LLC

Emil MorozAhead of the Wind Operator Congress North America, taking place 21-23 September 2015 in Chicago, we spoke with Emil Moroz, the president of EM Energy LLC 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?

High quality Maintenance and a solid continuous improvement program.

To what extent is the post-warranty period an opportunity for wind operations owners, and to what extent does it pose a challenge, why?

Opportunity to take full ownership and to push for cost optimized availability levels. Challenge of cleaning up any shortcomings that may have occurred during the “do not touch” warranty period. Continue reading

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

The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America

The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America.

Wind Operator Congress Europe 2014 – Video Highlights

Watch the highlights from the Wind Operator Congress Europe!

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about the upcoming Wind Operator Congress Europe, taking place 26-28 October 2015 in London, UK, email us at wind@greenpowerconferences.com

Maximize your presence at the Wind Operator Congress North America

Wind-Operator-Congress-North-AmericaAfter a successful event in 2014, the Wind Operator Congress North America returns to Chicago this September.

The Wind Operator Congress North America will unite the leading owner operators, OEMs and service providers in the pursuit of the strategies, models, tools and practices to deliver operational excellence across North America’s ever growing wind power operations.  Continue reading