Turbine owners establish global peer-to-peer platform
30 November 2015
The o2o Wind forum is the first initiative of its kind aimed at fostering wind farm O&M best practice through a collaborative approach.
Wind farm owners representing 12 percent of global turbine assets have founded a new peer-to-peer online platform called o2o Wind, dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and experience on operation and maintenance (O&M) issues. The o2o Wind forum is the first initiative of its kind aimed at fostering wind farm O&M best practice through a collaborative approach.
Wind energy giants such as EDPR, Vattenfall, RWE, DONG Energy and Acciona Energia have already joined the network, along with numerous other wind turbine owners.
“When it comes to trouble-shooting the O&M issues they encounter, wind farm owners are not competitors," says o2o head, Mårten Nilsson. "On the contrary they are in the same boat, and that’s why adopting a collaborative approach to problem-solving makes a lot of sense. Our members recognise that the most valuable information for turbine owners is the hands-on experience held by their peers.”
Members share the common objective of optimising turbine yields, and many specialist discussions revolve around issues with main components such as rotor blades, gearboxes or substations. With o2o Wind members owning more than 60 percent of all offshore turbines in the world, the platform is also strong on offshore O&M.
Although the topics treated on the forum are mainly technical, they can also be connected to major investment decisions.
o2o wind takes down the usual barriers to information exchange that get in the way of the performance optimisation of wind assets.
"Compared to other industries, wind still has some teething issues that are difficult to change when we operate in isolation,” says Sverre Trollnes, O&M manager at Statoil.
"Low yields and costly stand-stills have plagued the industry for too long, with no long term gains for anyone. We need to collaborate to reach the goal; it’s that simple”, comments Alan Henderson, head of technical asset management at RWE Innogy
The very strict member selection criteria are designed to weed out noise, and maintain a very high level of expertise throughout the network. "I consider the o2o Wind group as the best forum to share experiences with other wind farm owners regarding technical problems and their solution from the point of view of the owners", says Cristobal Couret, director of production at Acciona Energia.
The owner’s forum is called o2o ['owner to owner'] WIND International. For more information, click here.