On-going Operation & Maintenance Services
We can provide routine maintenance services and a call-out service for non-routine maintenance. As part of the standard maintenance package we would monitor the performance of the wind turbine and schedule maintenance visits as required.
Our experienced MCS installers can provide all turbines with an annual maintenance contract, as wind turbines have moving parts, maintenance is needed typically greasing, cleaning and thorough visual and mechanical inspection to ensure that equipment is well fastened and not unduly worn.
For the past decades, wind turbines have begun to be produced on a mass scale. However, the majority of windmills have only been operating for a few years. Wind turbine maintenance is a growing concern for many countries operating wind farms, since there are not yet enough expert technicians and insignificant data regarding what component is likely to break down.
Regular turbine maintenance consists of 10% to 15% of the entire cost of running a turbine. However, as the machine gets older, the margin will increase from 20% to 30%. As a result, manufacturers are developing new wind turbines that do not require as much servicing.
Operation costs of a turbine can be broken down into five categories:
2: Spare components
3: Repair costs
4: Periodic Maintenance
Planned Wind Turbine Maintenance
Operators of wind farms do not have much control over the exact maintenance costs of wind turbines, since it is difficult to predict when a part is going to fail. Additionally, these turbines haven't been around for long enough to develop a fail-proof system for changing the parts. There are complicated theories that have been developed to minimize the chance of turbine failures, but these are still in a conceptual stage.
Wind Turbine Maintenance Worker Requirements
When a company hires a turbine technician, they usually pay attention to the individual's background in mechanical repairs. However, they also require experience in troubleshooting electrical systems, which is one of the most risky parts of repairs. Although turbines run at a low frequency, there is a high chance of an electrical-related accident in this work environment.
In some cases, an electrical accident in a wind turbine can be fatal. There was one instance of an electrician getting fatally burned by a blast of plasma when he mistook one of the wind turbine's components. Since energy-related incidents can be extremely dangerous on wind farms, maintenance workers are required to have a high level of experience.
The Future of Wind Turbine Maintenance
The main problem with wind turbine maintenance is its complexity. Even if one country is building turbines on a mass scale, the parts are often imported from several other countries, making it difficult to have a consistent system. Local governments are also not able to properly inspect wind farms, simply because they usually don't have the technical experience required to perform a comprehensive inspection.
In the future, turbine maintenance will become more popular, allowing governments and other regulating bodies to create a consistent system for keeping track of maintenance and safety issues. A growing interest in wind maintenance will also provide wind energy companies with more experienced manpower.
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