Webinar "Operation of Wind Power Plants in Cold Climate 2021" (pict. VGB)

Moreover, the additional ice loads may lead to extreme loads and increased fatigue. Depending on the requirements from local authorities wind turbine operators have to prevent ice throw from the turbines leading to additional downtimes and production losses. Thus, an optimized and efficient operation of wind turbines under icing conditions has become a very important topic over the last couple of years.

For the first time the results of the VGB Research Project “Benchmark of blade-based ice detection systems” will be presented at the webinar "Operation of Wind Power Plants in Cold Climate".

A comprehensive field test was launched in spring 2016 by VGB together with its member companies being active in the field of wind energy. The main objective of this project was to install and test four blade-based ice detection systems on the same wind turbine and during several winters. Meteotest has been mandated to lead the project and evaluate the results of the field test. The field test was carried out between 2016 and 2020 at the wind park Stor-Rotliden, which is located in Åsele Municipality, Sweden. The wind park consists of 40 Vestas V90 wind turbines, which are non-heated. The wind park is owned and operated by Vattenfall.

The following topics will be highlighted at this event in order to enable an optimized and efficient operation of wind turbines under icing conditions:

  • Outcome of the VGB Research Projects dealing with ice detection
  • Operational optimization concepts
    • Operators of wind turbines
    • Manufacturer of wind power plants
    • Manufacturer of ice detection systems

The programme will leave enough time for extensive discussions and answering your questions.

The webinar addresses operators of wind power plants and all persons and institutions that are directly or indirectly involved in the installation or operation of wind power plants.

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