Most wind turbines are built with a certified design life of 20 years. In reality, margins exist for many wind plants due to favorable site conditions and/or asset management practices which enable turbines to safely operate longer, thereby unlocking additional value from the original investment. As assets age and industry knowledge grows, a paradigm shift has occurred among wind plant owners and operators to optimize the assets based on their Remaining Useful Life (RUL). Under the umbrella of ensuring overall safety of a wind plant and its components, companies like UL who are involved in plant assessments are working to help operators and owners not only understand the true underlying value of their assets, but also what their options are for long term planning to maximize NPV and IRR through an evaluation process called Lifetime Extension (LTE).
This webinar recording provides an overview of the goals of and approaches to lifetime extension, as well as provide an in-depth technical background of the LTE analysis based on UL Standard 4143: "Standard for the Life Extension (LTE) of Wind Turbines". Focus is placed on analysis of how actual operating conditions at wind turbines compare to their design conditions, as well as on how predictive modeling is used to assess and maximize the lifetime of major components.
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