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Wind Assets Lifetime Extension

How to Calculate the Remaining Useful Life (RUL) of Wind Farms
By Jose Javier Ripa, Business Development Manager, UL DEWI, Spain

(This article appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Opens external link in new windowWindtech International and is displayed with permission. Copyright 2017 by Siteur Publications)

Wind farms are part of our surroundings and therefore are in general fairly accessible power generation facilities. Safety is key to both continuation of operations and a corporate responsibility towards workers and third parties. It must be safeguarded through a comprehensive process including analytical RUL calculation, inspections and certification to confirm that there is a limited risk exposure while the installation continues operating. Once the real status of the wind turbines is characterised, smart operational strategies can be deployed to maximise the return on the investment.

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