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Upgrading versus replacement

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Date: 2013-06-12T13:00:00
Location: Warsaw
Presenter: Paul Meaney, Manager Renewable Energy Application Development Centre, SKF Renewable Energy Business Unit
Conference: SKF 8th Annual Wind Farm Management Conference

Summary

As wind turbines age and require maintenance, operators face a difficult decision to replace worn or damaged parts with the direct replacement part or take the opportunity to upgrade to an improved or premium part. What are the benefits of upgrading? How to balance the extra cost of an upgrade against the expected improved performance? What should be considered and what are the pitfalls? Some examples will be shown.

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