2022 EVENT


*All timings mentioned below are in BST (British Summer Time)

9:30am – 9:35am

Welcome Remarks From the Chairperson
Arnold Wilmink, Vice President – Wind Turbine Engineering, RWE


9:40am – 09:55am

Keynote: The Communications Algorithm
David Kaskie, Vice President of Products & Services Division, Sensoria™ by MISTRAS

10:00am – 10:20am

Siemens Gamesa approach to Blade Repowering
Pablo Montori, Head of Onshore Platforms, Siemens Gamesa RE
Lasse Olesen, Senior Product Manager, Siemens Gamesa RE


Panel Discussion: Feedback Loops Between New Blade Designs and O&M Processes
  • Are OEMs designing with end of life/transportation in mind? How will sectional/modular change this and what else needs to be considered?
  • How might the latest blade designs affect blade O&M going forward? What issues are operators/owners facing at present?
  • What is being done at the design phase to improve the predictability in performance of the blades?
Moderator: Arnold Wilmink, Vice President – Wind Turbine Engineering, RWE
Speakers: Edward Stewart, Senior Engineer, RWE
Geoff Hoffheinz, Chief Engineer, Glennmont Partners
Tomas Escobedo, Mechanical Maintenance Manager, EDPR
Richard Batur, Senior Product Manager, Siemens Gamesa RE


Presentation: Analysing Failure Data To Optimise Inspection Timings and Repair Decisions
  • What can the largest datasets tell us about how to optimise inspections?
  • Using blade damage data to make inferred theories about erosion costs in the future
  • Building a neural network based on turbine type and blade size for forecasting future damages
  • Using AI to make smart inferences about potential future damages and pinpointing optimal repair schedules
Philip Gauthier, Sr. Wind Fleet Engineering Manager, EDF
Denis Drga, Digital Product Manager, Siemens Gamesa

11:50am – 12:20pm: Break



Presentation: Inspecting Better, Not Less: The Rise of Autonomous Inspections 
  • How will automation decrease cost and increase efficiency?
  • Benefits of internal vs external inspections, when should they be used?
  • What needs to happen to take drone inspections to the next level
  • Can ultrasonic and other onsite sensor derived inspections replace drones?
  • The efficiency of autonomous inspections over humans, how far can it go with the correct support?
Arnold Wilmink, Vice President – Wind Turbine Engineering, RWE
Georgios Roukis, Blade Engineer, Edison Renewables
Carsten Westergaard, President, Westergaard Solutions Inc.
Valery Godinez-Azcuaga, Vice President of Engineering and Product Development, Sensoriaby MISTRAS


Presentation: Blade Manufacturing: Determining Cost-Effective Methods and Mitigating Environmental Damage
  • What are the latest innovations in manufacturing, tooling, mixing machines and waste reduction technologies
  • How can we use more easily recyclable materials from the outset?
  • What processes change in the factories to achieve larger blades?
  • What challenges are OEMs experiencing with building larger blades?
  • How can we increase composite supplier quality and reliability?
Eric Loth, Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Engineering, University of Virginia
Harald Stecher, Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Siemens Gamesa RE

1:40pm – 2:10pm – Break



Presentation: The Next Big Thing: Sensor Use In Blade Condition Monitoring
  • What are the possibilities of real time data, load sensor data and digital twins?
  • Will sensor technology and its use develop with larger blades?
  • Using multiple sensors to get a full indication as to the health of your blades
  • What can be done to drive down the cost of sensor technology so it can be applied across a wind farm
Obdulia Ley, Technical Support Manager, Sensoria™ by MISTRAS

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Presentation: Using Predictive Maintenance To Optimise Maintenance Programmes
  • What type of data and how much data is needed to get closer to predictive maintenance?
  • Will AI be able to take into account all the variables for real damage predictions or is too much data required?
  • What turbine models do we currently have enough data on to infer reliable predictions?
  • Determining a risk profile to better create a maintenance programme and boost AEP
  • Predicting damage progression and making smart repair cycles
Robson Liger, WTG Maintenance Manager, Cubico Sustainable Investments


Roundtable Topics

These roundtables will be hosted by topical experts: Pick a topic and join the discussion

Waste Reduction
Repurposing blades Host: Angela Nagle, PhD Candidate | Re-Wind Project – School of Engineering, University College Cork

Full Predictive Maintenance: How Can We Get There?

Host: Lasse Olesen, PhD Senior Product Manager, University College Cork


LM Wind Power Presentation
Divya Thumsi, Business Development Manager, LM Wind Power


Closing Remarks From the Chairperson
Arnold Wilmink, Vice President – Wind Turbine Engineering, RWE

End of Day 1

9:30am – 9:35am

Welcome Remarks From the Chairperson

Tim Bradshaw, Technical Director, MISTRAS Group


09:35am – 10:20am

Panel Discussion What Role Could The Certification Agencies Play In Data Sharing and Contract Negotiations
  • Are certification agencies best for verifying compliance or are they the perfect middle entity for better business generally
  • Could the agencies be a conduit to operators for general technology information from OEMs so they can better manage their blades?
  • Should we be pushing for better testing on newer blades to reduce failure rates? -What are the current data sharing agreements between OEMs and operators? Do they need improving?
  • Transferring knowledge from the OEMs to the operators: the importance of having experienced technical managers as an operator

Carsten Westergaard, President, Westergaard Solutions Inc.
Dr. Simon Pansart, Senior Engineer, RWE Renewables GmbH


Tim Bradshaw, Technical Director, MISTRAS Group

10:25am -11:00am

Making the Most of Your AEP Data
  • What are the knowledge gaps 
  • Using AEP loss data to determine the right time to repair
  • Current International Energy Agency work looking at connecting erosion categorization to AEP loss
Christian Bak, Senior Scientist, DTU

11:00am-11:30am: Break 



INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT – 6 Minutes. 6 Slides.
  • 6 slides. 6 minutes. 6 innovations to help you protect, maintain or repair your blades from the environment.
  • Each presenter will only have 6 minutes and 6 slides to demonstrate their innovation.
  • Once all have presented there will be a Q&A session and the audience will anonymously vote for which one they think is the best.
Speakers: Valery Godinez-Azcuaga, Vice President of Engineering and Product Development, Sensoria™ by MISTRAS
Lars Holm Nielsen, Head of Service Operations Performance Chief Engineer/Advisory Key Expert, Siemens Gamesa RE



Presentation: Properly Categorising Blade Damage and Failure Modes
  • What is the primary impact of loss on AEP on particular damages?
  • What are the most common failure modes for each blade design?
  • Building a case of common damages to reassess with the OEMs and seek warranty servicing
  • Water intrusion and pressure changes and how it reacts to lightning and general erosion
  • Using leading edge erosion as use case for universal categorisation
  • How can categorisation systems allow for a level of human subjectivity, is it better to leave it to AI
Fausto Trasarti, EMEA Blade Service Manager – Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy

12:40pm- 1:10pm

Presentation: Wind Turbines Icing Physics and Novel Anti-/De-Icing Technologies
  • Problematic wind turbine icing phenomena
  • Wind turbine icing physics
  • Novel anti-/de-icing strategies for wind turbine Icing mitigation and protection
Hui Hu, Martin C. Jischke Professor in Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University


Presentation: Leading edge erosion: Why this problem will never go away and what to do about it?
  • What amounts of erosion are we talking about per year? How fast and what materials does it involve? Is this a microplastics problem for the atmosphere?
  • What advisory software is out there for damage categorisation?
  • How does AEP get affected by LEE and when is the correct time to repair?
  • What role does manufacturing and handling have in leading edge erosion
  • Should there be a classified difference between leading edge defects and leading edge erosion
  • Does tip speed affect leading edge erosion?
 Kirsten Dyer, Senior Materials Research Engineer – Blades, ORE Catapult

1:45pm-2:15pm: Break



Panel Discussion: Blade Recycling Strategies
  • What alternatives do old blades have to ending up in landfills?
  • Who should take responsibility for recycling blades at the end of life?
  • Is repurposing too expensive to consider when decommissioning a wind site?
  • What is the current legislation on the recycling of blades
  • What processes and standards need to change to tackle the problem
Peter Perault, ENV SP, SMCP, Enel Green Power
Angela Nagle, PhD Candidate, Re-Wind Project – School of Engineering, University College Cork
Presentation: End of Wind Farms and Wind Turbines’ Projected Lifetime in Brazil: Current Situation and Future Perspectives
  • Alternatives for end-of-life wind farms
  • Dismantling and waste disposal
  • International experience with repowering, life time extension and decommissioning
  • History and current situation of wind farms in Brazil
  • Possible improvement in energy generation  with repowering
Josina Saraiva Ximenes, Energy Research Analyst, EPE
Closing Remarks From the Chairperson

End of Day 2 and Close of Conference


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