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Technical approach to lifetime extension

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Date: Jun 3-4, 2014
Location: Berlin
Presenter: Sergio Velez, Fleet Life Extension Director, Gamesa
Conference: SKF 9th Annual Wind Farm Management Conference
Sergio Velez,

Summary

Life extension is not only an alternative to repowering but also a must to face incentives scheme changes in Europe. The challenge lies in extending the operational life of wind assets as it requires operational experience and technological capabilities. Gamesa as part of the safe life project is developing the techniques that will guarantee the safety of people and assets operating beyond their original design lifetime. Which standards? What methodology for what results? What guarantees or certification will reduce owners or government’s doubts?

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