When wind turbine components fail, they can cause unscheduled outages, which for the owner means unscheduled service at higher rates and repair costs, potentially voiding the manufacturer’s warranty, not meeting peak electricity demand, and lost revenue. Also, any repair or replacement of large components often requires the rental of cranes and other expensive equipment.
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Pre-scheduled, also known as predictive maintenance, is the maintenance of a wind turbine using sensors placed on key components. These send valuable data back to the EPiK Energy maintenance team to inform us of lubrication levels, vibration, temperatures, and foundation displacement. This allows us to see and hear what needs to be fixed before something happens and unnecessary turbine downtime is experienced.
Fire and personal injury are the principal emergency situations that could affect a wind turbine and require emergency service response. These two overall categories encompass many variants that require specific response procedures. Added to the high initial costs of engineering and construction, damages to a wind turbine could well run up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs and reconstruction, in addition to many months of downtime and subsequent loss of income.
As much as our team would love to promise this will not happen, we know that no matter how well and experienced we are, Murphy’s Law can affect wind farm maintenance. When it does, we will respond to it and ensure to limit the damage done in these emergency situations.
Major Component Change Out
At some point in a wind turbine’s life, it will require some sort of major corrective maintenance. This could be the replacement or repair of one of the rotor blades, the gearbox, the main shaft, generator, or bearings. Any of these critical components will likely render the turbine inoperable for some considerable time. We can offer comprehensive solutions that integrate the removal, transportation, repair, and re-installation of most of the major components, to get the turbine back up and running as soon as possible.
Component Transport & Repair
With a well-designed plan for transporting wind turbine components, truck drivers can use easier and more direct routes, wind energy developers can reduce costs, and state authorities can reduce investment in road maintenance and repair, while the entire energy grid system can stand to gain from the use of this promising renewable energy source.
As opposed to building a procedure in-house or using a custom-built technology, one disadvantage of this strategy is that essential company standards may not be fully integrated further into the solution. Therefore, the intricacy of a company process is taken into account when deciding between in-house or traditional versus these solutions.
It is perhaps the most cost-effective approach to building something from start to finish that benefits multiple consumers. On the other hand, turnkey solutions may not consider a company’s specific requirements. A third-party corporation’s solution for content management solutions may be less expensive. Still, it may not fulfill all of the buyer’s requirements.