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Utilities look to maximize value of their grid assets while lowering management costs   November 12, 2019 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Navigant Research provides an overview of the global asset management market, including a forecast of asset management solutions from 2019 through 2028. Asset management is one of the most complex elements of the utility business. With the emergence of asset performance management (APM) technologies, utilities are using static data in new ways to create actionable intelligence around asset life cycle management. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, global annual revenue for asset management software is expected to double to $2.4 billion by 2028. “Utilities are interested in applying cross-departmental approaches to gathering information that can help to develop a more holistic and data-driven asset management strategy,” says Michael Kelly, research analyst with Navigant Research. “The new use of information also enables them to develop a predictive—as opposed to responsive—risk-based management strategy.” Vendors and utilities alike are thinking more creatively than ever about how to improve operational efficiencies while reducing costs. Though technology and operational barriers still exist, utilities are generally embracing more integrated asset management solutions within the context of their digitization and business transformation plans. The

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In recent years, manufacturers for wind turbine gearboxes have been challenged with high expectations from OEMs to continuously increase torque density and reduce costs. As rotor sizes have increased, rotational speed has decreased (in view of tip speed limitations related to noise) and design torque for the gearbox has increased proportionally. In view of transport, handling, and assembly limits, gearbox manufacturers are confronted with the need to design higher torque gearboxes in the same design space as previous generations of wind turbines. This explains the growing need for torque density increase, i.e. the ability to transfer higher torque levels through the same outer dimensions. In order to increase the Nm/kg and reduce the €/kNm, ZF Wind Power has assessed several approaches to increase gearbox torque density, which enables the company to develop gearbox solutions for higher torque levels. Measures must be taken on different components to increase overall gearbox loadabililty within the specified outer dimensions. This starts with the gear component loadability, but also includes loadability of the bearings as well as castings and connections. In recent years, ZF Wind Power has managed to increase gearbox torque density from 105 Nm/kg to 175 Nm/kg. Plain bearing technology is an important contributor

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Wirescan has offered the innovative and non-destructive LIRA cable testing technology to the market for some years now. We have been watching the industry and looking at innovation, new technologies and how the cable testing industry can make the transition to the digital age. We came up with Wirescan Digital, a cloud-based cable test database where you can upload and store all your cable test data. This solves many issues related to access and utilization of the data. In this article we will present some thoughts on the industry, and how our new product, the cable tester Wirescan GO!, together with our cloud service, Wirescan Digital, can improve cable operations and maintenance by digitalizing the condition assessment services. The article presents a timeline of cable testing where we will look at common practices and how digitalization is the future for cable condition assessment and monitoring. The Past Cable manufacturers, handlers, owners and operators have been collecting cable condition data from various sources in almost every cable installation project. Cable manufacturers perform regular quality assurance tests throughout the whole production process, and they ensure the quality of the final product with the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT). Cable handlers and installers now take over the

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Hamburg-based trading company, WINDSOURCING.COM, reaches customers in the wind industry worldwide via its online presence. Seher Kaygusuz, their Business Development, Marketing and Sales manager, dropped into PES to update us on what is happening in this expanding company. Business is good and more and more partnerships are forming, which in turn provide customers with valuable training opportunities. In fact they’ve had to move to bigger premises. PES: Hi Seher, it’s great to be talking with you again. We have spoken a lot about WINDSOURCING in the past, but I think a brief overview of the company and the history will be of interest to our new readers. Seher Kaygusuz: Thank you very much for having us. I am very happy to give the readers an overview. We are a specialist dealer for spare parts, accessories and materials for the maintenance and repair of wind turbines. The company was launched in 2011 and was the first online platform of its kind in the world, with a focus on the after-sales market for wind turbines. Our special feature is that the products are mainly distributed and communicated digitally. Customers worldwide have access to the online product catalogue on the multilingual website. Most new customers reach

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Innovations at the Borssele Wind Farm Site V Climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions are drivers for the rising demand of renewable energy sources. With proven experience and an impressive 20-year track record, Van Oord is leading the way in the transition towards renewable energy by constructing offshore wind projects. With innovative solutions, Van Oord contributes significantly to making wind energy more competitive. After two years of preparation, the first monopiles from the Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam, have been loaded onto Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus and transported to the North Sea. The departure of the Aeolus is the green light for the installation of the foundations for the Borssele 2 offshore wind farm, including the two monopiles for the Borssele wind farm Site V. These two monopiles play an important role in demonstrating innovations for the offshore wind market. The Borssele Wind Farm Site V A new sustainable energy zone is under construction some 20 kilometres off the Dutch coast: Borssele Wind Farm Site V. This site has been designated as an innovation site within the Borssele Wind Farm Zone. Two Towers BV has been awarded the concession and thus given a unique opportunity to test

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Geoffrey Vancassel, CEO at Sterblue, spoke to PES about this innovative company, which in 4 years has reached the serious player threshold. They provide easy to use software, complete with apps and a cloud platform, which enables off-the-shelf drones (DJI) to carry out complex inspections. PES: Hi Geoffrey, welcome to PES Wind, it’s good to talk to you. Would you like to begin by giving us an overview of Sterblue and tell us something about your role in the company? Geoffrey Vancassel: Thanks, it’s a pleasure! Sure, at Sterblue we are three cofounders, with some background in aerospace engineering and computer science, Airbus alumni. Nicolas Draber is our COO, Vincent Lecrubier our CTO and I am the CEO. Four years ago, we were truly disappointed to see that drones had literally no chance of performing some massive industrial operations: due to the low level of automation, with a real lack of digitization on the whole inspection workflow. That’s the main reason why we started up Sterblue. Now, we build software which helps drones inspect power lines and wind turbines. Our software guides drones along trajectories that wrap tightly around structures, finds anomalies from the collected images, and outputs reports. The whole

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The CompositeLoop project is a feasibility study that proposes short term solutions in Flanders, Belgium for the valorisation of large thermoset end-of-life GFRP (glass fiber reinforced plastics) structures such as wind turbine blades, boats and yachts, profiles, silos. The study is based on literature review and input captured during three interactive workshops with stakeholders over the entire decommissioning to waste valorisation value chain. It identifies promising local short-term scenario’s, with the purpose of initiating synergies within the value chain, allowing further technical and commercial development of recycling solutions as a next phase. 1 Large GFRP structures with fast-growing waste volumes Wind energy is the strongest renewable energy source currently in Europe and it will only increase because to reach the EU goals of 32% renewable energy by 2030, significant increase in wind power capacity is required. Wind turbines are being built since 1980s and boomed around 90s and 00s. They have 20-25 years of lifetime. Thinking about the development in wind energy in the last 40 years, it is understandable that every year more wind turbines are reaching their end of life. In 2018 alone, total of 421MW of wind power was decommissioned where 14MW was from offshore wind plants1.

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New methods and technologies are required in order to reach the potential of offshore wind as an economically viable and sustainable energy resource. The Port of Grenaa is internationally recognized as a wind hub, due to its special designed facilities and expertise attained by serving the industry for years. By providing innovative offshore wind stakeholders the opportunity to benefit from its state-of-the-art facilities and expertise, the port aims to advance the industry through collaboration. Supporting the global green transition is an essential part of the port’s agenda. The wind industry has always been a natural part of the portfolio and the Port of Grenaa has a long tradition in handling onshore wind components. The port had a breakthrough in the offshore market in 2011-2013 during the installation of Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, which was the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark at that time. Based on this, the port continues its contribution to the wind industry providing professional and specialized expertise. Attractive setup As one of Denmark’s leading industrial ports for wind turbine projects, the port has the facilities, the experience and the network connections necessary to act professionally with the industry. The port is highly committed in transferring these experiences from

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It was a great pleasure for PES to catch up with David Kristensson, CEO of Northern Offshore Services. There is no doubt that the strong environmental ethos, along with the commitment to staff, in terms of working conditions and training, and the emphasis on customer satisfaction, makes this company a beacon in the offshore industry. Whilst acknowledging the current uncertainties, they are expanding and developing new zero emissions CTVs. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine, David. It’s been just over a year since we last spoke so the for our new readers could you give us an overview of Northern Offshore Services and the importance of the wind industry to you? David Kristensson: Thank you. We are grateful for your interest in our business group. We work in a very interesting industry with almost endless business possibilities, but it is also very competitive, which means that during the year we have worked hard on our internal efficiency. Thinking about how we can improve and give even more value to our customers. The results of our internal measurements show that this is having a positive effect, on both our efficiency and operations. The offshore wind industry is by far the most

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PES had a great catch-up with Ola Svensson, Head of Project Department at MMT Sweden AB. The Swedish culture permeates this company, where safety and employee well-being are of paramount importance. This company has expanded from being a one-man band to an over 200 strong work force. Their survey solutions have expanded as has their geographical reach, meaning much to look forward to as we move to 2020. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the wind industry? Ola Svensson: MMT has been in the offshore business over 40 years now. It started out as a one man dive photo company and is now a company with more than 200 employees with offices in Sweden, England, Norway and just recently opened up an office in Boston US. We performed our first offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea, approximately 20 years ago now and have served the renewables sector ever since. Our services have increased from Geophysical Surveys and currently include a wide range of services such as 2D/3D UHRS, UXO and Geotechnical Surveys. PES: We know you work

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