GEV Wind Power have developed and patented a revolutionary system for completing field blade repairs combining a blade access platform and an in house habitat structure.
The new technology is set to revolutionize blade repairs, enabling faster return to service of turbines and contributing hugely to a lower Levelised Cost Of Energy. The Ventura Habitat creates an artificial environment within which the technicians can control temperature and humidity, crucial for undertaking epoxy repairs on wind turbine blades.
The inflatable building provides a robust shelter from the elements and a series of sleeves with the patented seal provide protection from the rain. Having achieved IPX5 certification, the seal can fit anywhere on the blade which allows for locating the Ventura habitat wherever it is needed.
Available exclusively with the GEV Wind Power service provision, the Ventura Habitat will extend the working day and maintenance season to lower O&M costs whilst also increasing the productivity of individual wind turbines. A boost for both OEMs delivering a warranty regime and Owner Operators wishing to maximize their ROI.
GEV Wind Power has transformed maintenance reporting with the launch of its bespoke cloud-based App.
The GEV Intuitive Reporting and Inspection System (IRIS), which is mounted on a technician’s iPad, enables near real-time reporting to be collected, and document a turbine’s maintenance activity. Significantly improving the efficiency of maintenance reporting, the App also facilitates timely project management, and offers considerable cost benefits to those involved across the entire wind energy sector.
IRIS has been developed to minimise errors and streamline the cumbersome process of manually collating reports and timesheets. Whilst providing a simple front-end interface for technicians its web-based back-end has been developed to provide project management options, resource allocation and KPI monitoring.
The GEV Wind Power high resolution remote blade inspection system proves a huge cost saving solution to both onshore and offshore wind turbine inspections.
A minimum cost saving of 75% can be achieved compared to traditional methods of blade inspection, not including the additional savings made from lost production. GEV Wind Power remote camera inspections can each target a total of 5 onshore turbines per day or 3 offshore turbines per day.
A recently completed offshore blade inspection programme in Belgium ensured that over 70 turbines were inspected during a three week timescale due to the use of the GEV Wind Power remote inspection system, a total that would normally take a whole season to complete.
GEV Wind Power's Blade 247 is a fixed pricing strategy, where GEV Wind Power can determine a year round service plan for wind farm operators.
This provides the ability to accurately budget for maintenance costs and maximises energy production.
The principle is to offer a per turbine price point that covers the following:
• Full site inspection each year to assess damage and determine repair priority
• Agreed schedule of planned maintenance work with the client
• Fixed price budget, including lost time for weather and all ground expenses (off-shore costs subject to mobilisation costs).
• Use of IRIS reporting system and Ventura Habitat solution where applicable to guarantee high levels of downtime productivity
• Regular progress report to client and analysis of damage type to enable an informed discussion on further preventative measures
• Reactive service to cover urgent repairs
Introducing the GEV Wind Power Ground Based Habitat.
The demands to drive down the cost of blade maintenance remains a priority for the whole supply chain and we are continually responding to clients requests for solutions. This year we adapted our patented Ventura Blade Habitat for the ground environment so that ‘dockside’ repairs could be carried out in all weathers.
Like our award winning platform based habitat, the new product enables the immediate environment around the blade to be optimised in temperature and humidity, to facilitate the repair activity. This then saves hundreds of lost maintenance hours.