Given current low electricity prices, some wind power projects may be hard to make profitable. For this reason, some are sceptical about the profitability of wind power. The solution often involves building larger wind farms with more, higher, and larger wind turbines. But profitability can be improved in other ways.
During some days with high winds, some wind turbines are not turning. Why? Is it because
they frequently break and there are not adequate resources to maintain them, or sufficient spare parts in stock?
The wind power industry is relatively young and characterised by rapid expansion. In other industries, rapid growth is associated with the risk of a lack of overall perspective and long-term vision. This risk probably exists in the wind power industry as well.
This is where Systecon can help. Using our methodology, tools and experience in the initial project phase, we can demonstrate what is needed to improve production and reduce cost. This information can be used to optimise the maintenance solution, the system and the entire business.
Simply put, we can minimise the risk that production downtime will coincide with favorable wind conditions, i.e. we can maximise the chance that the turbines are operating when the wind picks up. This offers a simple way of improving profitability. And those who doubt the profitability of wind power, and its role in the global energy supply – they will be proven wrong.