09:00 – 9:30am (GMT)

Welcome Remarks & Explanation of Key Features of Digital Platform

REGIONAL DEEP DIVE
An update from Europe’s thought leaders

9:30 – 9:55am GMT

Presentation: Data Download – Stats and Facts: Where is the European Wind Power Market? And Where is it going?
  • Is development keeping up to replace ageing turbines?
  • How has the recent push to green energy helped grow the sector? What does this mean in real money terms?
  • How is the European wind power sector fairing against other renewable energy sources?

10:05 – 10:55am GMT

Presentation : Beyond Lip Service- What do owner-operators need to be able to grow the wind power sector to the targets set out by the European Commission and National Governments?
  • Repowering vs. New Site: With ageing turbines across Europe is it best to repower or simply start on a new site?
  • What are the needs that are not being met and whose role is it to change that? Government? OEMs? 
  • Looking at O&M specifically: is the idea that people can retrain and become wind power engineers missing out the years of training and experience needed? And if so, how can we fill that skills gap?
  • How has covid-19 changed the cost of O&M? Has this changed translated into changed budgets?
  • What is next for the European O&M industry?

EUROPE & ASIA INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLES

11:00 – 12:15pm GMT

ROUNDTABLES

These roundtables will provide you with the same experience as meeting and chatting to someone new during the coffee break of a live conference. Only we are also providing an ice-breaker in the form of the topic for the table as well as a table leader to drive the conversation. So no excuses to not get networking!

All you have to do is:

  1. Click on a topic table
  2. Choose whether you want to share audio and visual 
  3. Jump into the conversation
  4. Move on to a different table when you are ready or after 25 minutes so that someone else can join in as tables will be limited to 15 people
Offshore Challenges
Retrofitting
Leading Edge Erosion
Finding A Replacement Blade
AI Monitoring

GLOBAL KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

1:15 – 1:40pm GMT

The Big Interview: What does ‘The Man Who Caught the Wind’ think about the future of the wind turbine and blades?

The Wind Power Market & The World: Growth, Development and The Future

1:45 – 2:05pm GMT

Data Download Presentation: The Wind Power Market & The World – Growth, Development and The Future
  • A breakdown of the numbers: how many GW are coming online and how many are we going to lose in the next 5-10 years? 
  • How are regions comparing and faring?
  • How is wind power tracking against other renewable energy sources?

2:10 – 2:55pm GMT

O&M Leaders Panel Discussion:  A Trend Analysis of the Blade O&M Market and What does this mean for the future?
  • What has been the impact of covid-19 on the next O&M season? Will this have a lasting impact?
  • Shifting towards a predictive strategy: Where and what are the latest O&M cost saving and efficiency gains being made?
  • What are most common blade damages being observed and how can the industry mitigate against these damages?

Design Innovations & Is Bigger Better?

3:15 – 3:35pm GMT 

Presentation: The Owner-Operator Experience – What are the Opportunities and Risks of Newer Larger Blades Versus Older Blades?
  • What AEP gains can you expect from recently designed blades?
  • What are the O&M risks associated with using newer blades with less data on failure trends? 
  • Where do you need to update your O&M strategy accordingly?

3:40 – 4:05pm GMT

Presentation: Time is Money- What New Materials and Strategies Will Speed up Blade Repair and Minimise Downtime?
  • What are the new resins and materials set to disrupt the repair market?
  • How can you optimise your access method strategy?
  • How can the design and material of the blade help stop blades filling landfills?

4:10 – 4:40pm GMT

Ask the Experts: What Is the Industry Doing to Prevent Future Failure Through Innovations at the Design & Manufacturing Stage?
  • What are the likely failure trends for longer, lighter blades?
  • How are OEMs ensuring future blades are structurally robust and strong?
  • Two steps forward one step back: How can the industry ensure new designs do not negate previous defect improvements?
  • Where are the best new R&D ideas coming from to improve load testing and fatigue life of blades?
  • What innovations are happening at the composites stage?
  • How will new IEC 61400/5 standards affect blade manufacturing and how far do they go to address recent issues with blades?

TRANSATLANTIC ROUNDTABLES
Dealing with day to day damages & extreme weather

4:45 – 5:45pm GMT

Roundtables

These roundtables will provide you with the same experience as meeting and chatting to someone new during the coffee break of a live conference. Only we are also providing an ice-breaker in the form of the topic for the table as well as a table leader to drive the conversation and provide you with actionable learnings to take away from the conversation. So no excuses to not get networking!

All you have to do is:

  1. Click on a topic table
  2. Choose whether you want to share audio and visual 
  3. Jump into the conversation
  4. Move on to a different table when you are ready or after 25 minutes so that someone else can join in as tables will be limited to 15 people
Leading Edge Erosion
Trailing Edge Damage
Lightning Damage
Recycling & Repurposing
Icing
High Humidity
Sourcing Environmental Data

TECHNICAL WORKSHOP
Collaboration, Partnership, Standardisation & Transparency

6:15 – 6:35pm GMT/

(1:15 – 1:35pm CT)

Presentation: Identifying Contractual Responsibility – What is Under Warranty?
  • How do you identify who is contractually responsible to pay for what?
  • Force majeure or a quantifiable risk: Who should be responsible for lightning damages?
  • Warranty claims: What can we learn from recent success stories?
  • How will the industry benefit from the shift towards standardised warranty contracts?

6:40 – 7:05pm GMT

(1:40 – 2:05pm CT)

Panel Discussion: Using One Language- How Can the Industry Align to Standardise Blade Category Damage?
  • What threats does lack of standardisation pose to owner-operators?
  • What is the onus on solution providers to standardise damage categorisation?
  • How are owner-operators mitigating the lack of standardisation?
  • Is availability of benchmark data the lynchpin for standardisation? If so how can this be created in a confidential and secure way?

7:10pm – 7:50pm GMT

(2:10 – 2:50pm CT)

Debate: Should Owner-Operators Take Their Inspections In-House?

With the rise of autonomous drones and concerns over technician availability, should Owner-Operators begin to look to take their inspections in house? This session will explore the current opportunities around in-house inspection and evaluate their pros and cons. 

At the start of the session we will poll the audience  for whether they agree or disagree that owner-operators should take their inspections in-house. We will then run the poll again at the end of the session to see who has won.

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT

7:55  – 8:25pm GMT

(2:55 – 3:25pm CT)

Presentation

6 slides. 6 minutes. 3 innovations to help you protect, maintain or repair your blades from the environment. 

Presenters will have only 6 slides and 6 minutes to present their innovation.

Once all have presented the audience will anonymously vote for which one they think is the best.

REGIONAL DEEP DIVE 
An update from North America’s thought leaders

8:30 – 8:55pm GMT

(3:30 – 3:55pm CT)

Presentation: Data Download- Stats and Facts: Where is the North American Wind Power Market? And Where is it going?
  • Politics and Power: What legislation is in the pipeline that will impact the wind power sector?
  • How far away is the reality of US Offshore?
  • What is next for the USA wind power market?

9:00 – 9:45pm GMT

(4:00 – 4:45pm CT)

Panel Discussion: How Can You Ensure Your O&M Budget Factors in Technicians’ Experiences and Field Requirements?
  • What are the largest logistical and technical challenges that need to be factored into budgets for successful repair campaigns?
  • In the context of covid-19, how do you balance budget, time and safety?
  • What are the primary challenges repair technicians see in the field that you need to consider?
  • What is the key information engineers require from owner-operators to carry out quick and effective repairs that minimises downtime?

9:00 – 9:45pm GMT

(4:00 – 4:45pm CT)

Panel Discussion: How Can You Ensure Your O&M Budget Factors in Technicians’ Experiences and Field Requirements?
  • What are the largest logistical and technical challenges that need to be factored into budgets for successful repair campaigns?
  • In the context of covid-19, how do you balance budget, time and safety?
  • What are the primary challenges repair technicians see in the field that you need to consider?
  • What is the key information engineers require from owner-operators to carry out quick and effective repairs that minimises downtime?

Close of day 1

REGIONAL DEEP DIVE
An update from Asia’s thought leaders

7:30 – 7:55am GMT
(3:30 – 3:55pm SST)

Presentation: Data Download- Stats and Facts: Where is the Asian Wind Power Market? And Where is it going?
 

8:00 – 8:45am GMT
(4:00 – 4:45pm SST)

O&M Leaders Panel Discussion: The many challenges of O&M for Offshore – How do you stick to budgets? Is it easier with newer turbines?
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP
Supply Chains, Transportation & Logistics In the Short & Long Term Future

9:00 – 9:25am GMT

Presentation: Modular Blades: Are they the answer you have been looking for?
  • Do modular blades actually reduce transportation costs?
  • What are the O&M cost implications for later in life? Are they more fragile?

9:30 – 10:15am GMT

Panel Discussion: Will supply chains be forever changed after the impact of covid-19? And How is this change going to affect your O&M strategy and budget?
  • Localisation of Production: what are the benefits vs. costs?
  • The Green Question: Is it more environmentally friendly to have production near to the site and therefore should production be more localised?
  • How has the ‘bigger better’ trend changed transportation and the logistics of delivery? Is it worth it?

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHTS

10:20 – 11:00am GMT

Presentation

6 slides. 6 minutes. 3 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 the audience will anonymously vote for which one they think is the best.

TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS

The Latest & Best Practice Inspection, Detection & Condition Monitoring Methods 

11:30 – 11:55am GMT

Presentation: What is the Current ROI on Subsurface Methods of Inspection?

The industry currently relies heavily on external inspection techniques which only provide half the picture when it comes to understanding the condition of a blade. 

  • How far off is a wide uptake of subsurface inspection methods? 
  • What do these methods look like and where is the current ROI?

12:00 – 12:25pm GMT

Presentation: How Are New Drones Combining External and Thermal Imaging Data for a Comprehensive Understanding of Blade Conditions?
  • What subsurface damages can the new breed of drones identify?
  • How are infrared drone inspections mitigating the risks of blade damage false-positives?
  • What are the limitations on drones’ subsurface inspection capabilities?

12:30 – 12:55pm GMT

Presentation: How Are New Drones Combining External and Thermal Imaging Data for a Comprehensive Understanding of Blade Conditions?

1:00 – 1:30pm GMT

Ask the Experts: The Future of Blade O&M: How Will Condition Monitoring Sensors Provide You with Real Time Data on Blade Health?

Fast forward 5 years, one of the sensors has just alerted you that the category 2 blade damage on your turbine has become a category 3 and you need to schedule in a repair. Blade Condition Monitoring Systems are set to disrupt the blade O&M market. This presentation will showcase how the technology will provide actionable, real time insights into your blades as the industry makes the transition towards predictive and preventive maintenance.

Blowing Hot & Cold: Dealing with Extreme Weather Conditions 

2:00 – 2:25pm GMT

Presentation:  Protect by Design and Retrofitting: How Can Lightning Damage to Blades be Mitigated?
  • What opportunities are there to improve lightning protection at the design stage?
  • How can retrofitting help protect your blades currently in use?
  • What are the lessons to be learned from the aviation industry?

 

2:30 – 2:55pm GMT

Presentation: Strategies for Operating in High Winds with Heavy Loads
  • Are you better off running or shutting down during extreme wind events?
  • What is best practice wind sector management to minimise the risk of damaging your blades?

3:00 – 3:25pm GMT

Presentation: How is Big Data Being Used to Predict Blade Degradation from Extreme Weather?
  • How do extreme weather conditions impact the life expectancy of blades and the cost of repairs over the blades’ lifetime?
  • What can data tell you about the risk and severity of blade of blade damage that might occur from different extreme weather conditions?

‘You can run but you can’t hide’: Leading Edge Erosion

3:30 – 4:15pm GMT

Quick Fire Presentations

Each presentation will be 15 minutes of key insights to help you prevent, monitor and repair leading edge erosion. 
The speakers will then join together to form a panel discussion and answer your questions as a collective.

Preventing Leading Edge Erosion Monitoring &
Deciding When to Repair 
Procedures and best practice for Repairing Leading Edge Erosion 

A Sustainable End Of Life for the Blade: Repurposing, Recycling & Reuse 

4:45 – 5:15pm GMT

Case Study: What do you do with 100+ blades that have reached the end of their life?

5:20 – 6:00pm GMT

Panel Discussion: Addressing The Pictures of Landfills: What are Opportunities for Blade Recycling and Reusability?
  • What options is the industry exploring for the reusability or recycling of current wind turbine blades?
  • How might OEMs achieve the production of ‘zero waste’ wind turbines? 
  • Should this be a commercial opportunity for the OEMs or should this be a standard with every turbine irrelevant of cost?

NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA SPECIFIC INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLES

7:00 – 8:00pm GMT
(2:00 – 3:00pm CT)

ROUNDTABLES

These roundtables will provide you with the same experience as meeting and chatting to someone new during the coffee break of a live conference. Only we are also providing an ice-breaker in the form of the topic for the table as well as a table leader to drive the conversation and provide you with actionable learnings to take away from the conversation. So no excuses to not get networking!

All you have to do is:

    1. Click on a topic table
    2. Choose whether you want to share audio and visual 
    3. Jump into the conversation
    4. Move on to a different table when you are ready or after 25 minutes so that someone else can join in as tables will be limited to 15 people
Regulations In Brazil
Humidity
Regulations in Mexico
Offshore USA
Lightning
REGIONAL DEEP DIVE 
An update from South America’s thought leaders

8:00 – 8:25pm GMT
(3:00pm – 3:25pm CT)

Presentation: Data Download -Stats and Facts: Will the Technician Workforce be Able to Support Growth of Wind in South America?
  • What will the future technician workforce look like, will it be enough to support the growth of Wind in South America? 
  • What are companies in South America  doing to ensure they are attracting technicians? How does this differ from other regions?
  • What are the safety and technical standards recognised by the industry?
  • How will companies ensure there are technicians who are qualified to work offshore?

8:00 – 8:25pm GMT
(3:00 – 3:25pm CT)

Presentation: What is in the power pipeline? A Look at the next round of auctions and tenders across Central and South America
  • Current Generation vs. Targeted Generation and Beyond
  • What is in the pipeline? A look at the next round of auctions and tenders across Central and South America
  • A look at the key countries developing Central & South America’s wind industry and their regulations
  • What is the ambition for Central & South America’s wind power industry?

8:25 – 9:15pm GMT
(3:25 – 3:45pm CT)

Head of O&M Panel Discussion: The value of openness with inspection and repair data for optimised O&M
  • How can you determine ownership of data between OEM, owner/operators, and contracted inspection and repair teams?
  • What is best practice when accessing and analysing historical O&M data to determine the condition of your blades?
  • Is there more communication between stakeholders and thus a more open approach to data in South America?

Close of event 

The agenda is split into sections: regional spotlights, technical workshops, global networking roundtables. We aim to create a space for you to contribute and gain insights, as we recognise that whilst some challenges are specific to each region, the industry can only benefit from sharing technical solutions and intelligence.

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