The previous two days 20 companies e.g 11 wind turbine owners, 4 service companies, and DNV met in Copenhagen to discuss OPEX considerations for large new turbines and blades, Standardization and regulations, and inspection strategies at this year’s first CORTIR II Seminar and workshop. The seminar ended with a lab tour at DTU Lyngby to discuss future risk-based maintenance strategies. Furthermore, experimental testing in different scales used in the design and validation phase was a core topic.
Panel discussion: OPEX consideration for large new turbines/blades, chaired by Mathias Reding, Bladena. Participants: Signe Lynge Olsson, Statkraft, Birgit Junker, RWE & José Manuel Orza, ENEL.
On day 1 the first panel hosted by Bladena represented Birgit Junker (RWE), José Manuel Orza (ENEL), and Signe Olsson (Statkraft). One of the hot topics included the discussion on how the industry will approach today's planning concerning OPEX when the blades and the risk of failures have increased. Previously, blades in terms of OPEX and risk were considered a top 5 out of 10 priorities. Now, it has become one of the most important priorities (top 1 or 2).
In the second panel Christopher Harrison (DNV), John D. Sørensen (AAU), Nicolas Quievy (Engie), and Fran García, (ENEL) discussed the standards and regulations in the wind energy industry focusing on the current initiatives for an updated DNV standard to decrease the risk of catastrophic failure on large blades in operation. Christopher Harrison presented the Joint Industry Project (JIP) project headed by DNV and the panel discussed the importance of additional requirements that can decrease the risk and lower the LCoE, such as:
In between these panels, the participants could attend parallel workshops discussing the development of NIFIS.
Another workshop during the day was about the standardization and regulation framework focusing on a decreased risk level of blades under operation together with a lower LCoE. The existing framework, as well as the interpretation of the standards, were discussed with the participants. Participants were updated about the current status in standardization and regulation and a knowledge-sharing discussion was initiated among them.
As a partner in the project, Wouter Haans from Shell sees great value in attending these seminars: “We are pleased to be part of the CORTIR II project as it creates a platform where we amongst others can discuss the future challenges of OPEX, standards, and risk of large blades in operation”
Next week May 19th one more fullday workshop will be held at DTU's main campus where three main topics will be discussed: fracture mechanics, risk-based maintenance strategies, and certification & standardization. DNV will also join this workshop discussing the improvements of the possible standards for different failure modes such as:
• peeling in bondlines
• interlaminar stresses
International open conference in September 2022, Copenhagen
+50 wind turbine owners and operators from the WTO Blade Network, CORTIR Partners, and the rest of the industry will be invited to attend. The overall theme of the conference will be WTG Blade Risk Mitigation & Monitoring.
To become a member of the WTO Blade Network, please reach out to Bladena.
Attendances at this years CORTIR II Seminar and workshop 11-12 of May, 2022 in Copenhagen area at Bladena main office location.
A great thanks to the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP), which is for funding the CORTIR Phase 2 project (Cost, Risk and Transition zone Innovative Reinforcement) together with support from the whole value chain in the wind industry to reduce LCoE.
For further information please visit www.bladena.com, https://cortirproject.weebly.com, and/or contact CORTIR Project Manager CEO Find Mølholt Jensen +45 53700276 firstname.lastname@example.org.