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QUO VADIS


• Jason Halsey, Power Plant Manager – Sheringham Shoal, Statkraft Jason shared how he and the team at Sheringham had the objective of safely undertaking WTG operations (from Siemens) with no drop off in availability, and all within a 7 month period. This has been a pioneering project within the industry and is a model that many others can learn from.


• Keir Harman, Regional Head of Asset Operations and Management, DNV GL Keir asked the question ‘how do wind farms perform in the long term?’ and addressed the three main causes of poor performance: wind, availability, and the power train. The conclusion was that whilst each of these can vary over time, a correctly maintained wind turbine should show not drop off in performance as it gets old.


• Richard Smith, Principal Engineer, Romax Technology


Richard focused on main bearing failures, and introduced the practice of flushing bearing grease as a means of extending the operating life of bearings.


• Markus Billman, Fraunhofer IISB Marcus took a lot of the mystery out of the electronics that operate in the heart of a converter. By the end of the presentation, there was a better appreciation of the IGBT and the demands made on it performing in the field


• Scott McSpadden, Material Logistics and Client Manager, GWA Supplies Scott compared the operating data that is accumulated in all shapes and formats with metal ore that can be mined. In its natural state it is of limited use. However, by converting this data (ore) into knowledge (metals and alloys) it can be a powerful management tool. This approach has been used to develop SPUD – the spare parts usage database – that is a tool for forecasting and budgeting spend on spares using historic data.


QUO VADIS HALL OF FAME At last year’s event in Berlin, Sigrid Donovan introduced the Hall of Fame, highlighting three delegates who had attended each of the seven Quo Vadis events. Well, this year Jon Beresford, Huw Smallwood and Steve Higman were back for the eighth time and retain their position in the Quo Vadis Hall of Fame, and if the feedback from this year’s event in Hamburg is anything to go by – they will all be back next year.


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