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QUO VADIS CONFERENCE


guide Patrick giving a very colourful commentary on the passing sights, including his personal political view of the history of Prague, right up to the current president. The evening dinner was held on the 24th floor of the Corinthia Hotel, with a panoramic view over the city.


CONFERENCE


The conference on day two included a range of speakers and the topics reflected the industry we work in – both maturing and continually innovating and included the following subject areas...


• Michael Wilkinson from DNV GL spoke on the topic of life extension of wind turbines, drawing interesting parallels with other energy sources including hydroelectric, nuclear and gas, which had all been the subject of extended performance periods greater that their original design life


Hall of Famers


• Dealing with ageing equipment has it challenges and we heard from RWE’s Paul Sheldon about applying first principle engineering analysis to address problems on old generators


SHARING OF


KNOWLEDGE AMONGST THE DELEGATES IS PARTICULARLY EASY AT QUO VADIS...


• Benn Faulkner from Renewable Advice gave a graphic account of how to do a major up tower repair on a blade that the owners had nearly written off as beyond repairable


• Gary McGougan from RES reminded us that whether it is mature or innovative, heavy things can be difficult to hoist, and therefore lifts need to be planned out carefully and implemented by experienced people


ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS HIGHLIGHTING THE INNOVATIVE ASPECTS OF THE INDUSTRY INCLUDED...


• David Morgan of ZF gave an insight into the development of applying dynamic load monitoring equipment to gearboxes so that features such as active torque control can be incorporated into the turbine control system to avoid placing high stresses on the gearbox


• Alexander Strobel of SKF introduced us to hybrid bearings and how they avoid wear due to current leakage


• Markus Billman of the Fraunhofer Institute made us all glad that there is someone who understands electronics, working away on solutions for the industry while we all get on with our simple lives.


• Karl Fatrdla and Nigel Parlor of ROMO Wind presented a methodology for getting a more accurate method of measuring wind to enable the right corrective action to be taken thus getting the most out of the wind turbine


All of this was ably moderated by Clifford McSpadden (GWA Supplies) who ensured active involvement of the delegates throughout the day.


11TH QUO VADIS CONFERENCE


And finally, for those who were worried that Kevin and Sigrid might end on a high note with the 10th Quo Vadis, their doubts were cleared up as the 11th Quo Vadis date and location were announced – September 2017 in London.


Kevin and Sigrid Donovan GWA Supplies Ltd


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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