Lyn Harrison, Owner, InsightWind
SKF 8th Annual Wind Farm Management Conference
The wind industry has grown from an annual 6.5 GW in 2002 to a 45 GW market in 2012, worth €55 billion. Size, however, is not always proof of maturity, and technology maturity and deployment maturity are at different stages of development. Wind farm management is arguably still in its infancy: serious discussion of the value of condition monitoring, predictive service and preventive maintenance is barely five years old; the supply chain for replacement parts has not caught up with the needs of a global fleet that has grown tenfold in a decade; and wind farm managers are often pushed to provide the highly accurate output forecasts needed to maximize daily profits on the new electricity markets. As this session will reveal, however, much can be learned from industries with proven expertise in meeting these challenges; and the drive to hasten deployment maturity is likely to come from some unexpected quarters.