The North American wind power industry has grown to over 90,000 MW of capacity and is now a part of the generation mix for most power producers. Many early turbine designs are approaching the end of their 20-year design lives. Owners charged with ensuring the efficiency and longevity of their wind assets face many critical decisions - integrating wind power into the generation mix, O&M strategy, procuring replacement parts, determining remaining useful life – and are looking for independent and informed guidance.

The mission of the Wind Applied Research Collaborative (WARC) is to address shared experiences and lessons learned regarding the life cycle management of wind power plants. WARC is a collaborative, science and technology-focused program designed to assist independent power producers (IPPs) and utilities in their efforts to find actionable approaches to design, operational, and maintenance issues.

Through collaboration on specific projects, the group delivers cost effective technological and asset management solutions to meet today's industry needs. The result of this mission will be a transfer of knowledge through collaborative initiatives with an overall aim to obtain the maximum life of wind assets at optimal value. Focus Areas include:

Maintenance Optimization

  • End-of-warranty inspections and negotiations
  • Specifications for replacement/refurbished components
  • Maintenance strategy to ensure equipment reliability
  • Condition assessment and system life extensions

Operations Optimization

  • Training, safety and regulatory
  • Performance and equipment monitoring
  • Capacity factor optimization
  • Grid integration and forecasting
Program Services
  • Networking & Information Sharing

    • Annual face-to-face Business Meetings with webinar call-in options
    • 4-5 conference calls and learning webinars
    • Access to a network of ~1,000 electrical utility peers from around the world
  • Industry Benchmarking

    • Requests for Information where your questions or concerns are circulated to other group
      participants with rapid-fire response rates
    • Internal benchmarking surveys for state-of-the-industry intelligence
  • Collaborative Technical Projects

    • The flexibility to support only those projects which are relevant to your organization, meaning you know exactly, where your research dollars are going
    • Supported by CEATI management, participating utilities and consultants work together across all phases of a project’s life-cycle, ensuring your organization receives practical, high-quality deliverables
  • Unparalleled Return on Investment

    • Ability to split project funding costs with other organizations, resulting in highly-leveraged funding opportunities
    • Reduced pricing on published reports, training courses, and industry-open conferences
Project Portfolio

Webinar Library

Upcoming Events