o2o Wind to address O&M issues of wind farm owners

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o2o Wind is an initiative launched by a group of wind farm owners with an aim to foster wind farm O&M best practice through a collaborative approach.

The peer-to-peer online platform represents wind farm owners accounting for 12 percent of global wind turbine  assets, according to officials.  Leaders of this initiative include EDPR, Vattenfall, RWE, DONG Energy and Acciona Energia among others.

o2o Wind is dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and experience on operation and maintenance issues.

Mårten Nilsson, who is heading o2oWind, explained, “When it comes to trouble-shooting the O&M issues they encounter, wind farm owners are not competitors. On the contrary they are in the same boat, and that’s why adopting a collaborative approach to problem-solving makes a lot of sense.”

Nilsson further said, “Our members recognize that the most valuable information for turbine owners is the hands-on experience held by their peers.”

Members share the common objective of optimizing turbine yields, and many specialist discussions revolve around issues with main components such as rotor blades, gearboxes or substations.

With o2o Wind members owning more than 60 percent of all offshore turbines in the world, the platform is also strong on offshore O&M. Although the topics treated on the forum are mainly technical, they can also be connected to major investment decisions.

“Low yields and costly stand-stills have plagued the industry for too long, with no long term gains for anyone. We need to collaborate to reach the goal. It’s that simple,” said Alan Henderson, head of Technical Asset Management at RWE Innogy.

Rajani Baburajan

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