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:
- End-of-warranty inspections and negotiations
- Specifications for replacement/refurbished components
- Maintenance strategy to ensure equipment reliability
- Condition assessment and system life extensions
- Training, safety and regulatory
- Performance and equipment monitoring
- Capacity factor optimization
- Grid integration and forecasting