Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Course - A Guide to Wind Farm Performance

This one day training course by DNV GL’s Energy Academy will take place on May 28, 2015. It is designed for developers, operators, lenders and other professionals. The actual performance of a wind farm can vary compared to budget expectations. Reasons for this variation can include: wind resource, availability, power performance, curtailments and uncertainties in the long term energy forecasts.

Each of these factors will be covered in this course. The turbine supplier will usually provide a guarantee of power curve and availability levels. Performance verification procedures and power curve warranties are defined in the turbine supply and service and maintenance contracts. During operation the verification test procedure can be used to demonstrate that the turbines are within the acceptance levels and to quantify the uncertainties. The course will review typical approaches, including those defined in the IEC 61400-12-1 and 12-2 standards.

To complement the warranties and formal procedures, the wind farm performance may be optimized and tracked through live operations monitoring and periodic detailed analysis. The SCADA data continuously recorded by each turbine and met mast on the wind farm can be interrogated to track performance and monitor the health of turbine components.

The course will explain the value of SCADA data and how to leverage this to proactively manage performance. The course also includes live and interactive demonstrations of tools used to monitor and optimize the performance of turbines. The course allows attendees to benefit from DNV GL’s extensive experience of project due diligence, performance optimization and wind farm operation, and avoid common mistakes and misconceptions.

On completion, delegates should understand the most significant factors affecting wind farm performance and how to measure them. Specifically: how an operational wind farm’s long term energy yield is assessed; what performance factors appear in contracts; how turbine performance is measured; how wind farm performance can be optimized and monitored.

For more information and to register contact Andrew Brown, Training Manager
Tel: +44 117 972 9718

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