Review of Operation and Maintenance Experience in the DOE-EPRI Wind Turbine Verification Program

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All the projects within the US Department of Energy (DOE) Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) Wind Turbine Verification Program (TVP) are now in operation. As a result, the emphasis of the owners and operators has shifted from installation and commissioning to a focus on optimizing the operation and maintenance (O and M) activities of the projects. Each project utilizes a unique strategy for performing O and M. O and M personnel for projects in Searsburg, Vermont; Glenmore, Wisconsin; Algona, Iowa; Springview, Nebraska; Kotzebue, Alaska; and Big Spring, Texas include on-site vendor representatives, dedicated utility personnel, and utility personnel who split ... continued below

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Conover, K.; VandenBosche, J.; Rhoads, H. (Global Energy Concepts, LLC) & Smith, B. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) September 5, 2000.

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All the projects within the US Department of Energy (DOE) Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) Wind Turbine Verification Program (TVP) are now in operation. As a result, the emphasis of the owners and operators has shifted from installation and commissioning to a focus on optimizing the operation and maintenance (O and M) activities of the projects. Each project utilizes a unique strategy for performing O and M. O and M personnel for projects in Searsburg, Vermont; Glenmore, Wisconsin; Algona, Iowa; Springview, Nebraska; Kotzebue, Alaska; and Big Spring, Texas include on-site vendor representatives, dedicated utility personnel, and utility personnel who split their time between the wind turbines and other utility responsibilities. Each project has its own set of priorities for balancing turbine availability against safety, minimizing overtime pay, and other utility responsibilities. Various strategies have also been employed to ensure access to tools and spare parts. This paper compares and contrasts the various O and M strategies at TVP projects and reviews the causes of turbine downtime and the frequency and duration of faults.

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  • American Wind Energy Association's WindPower 2000, Palm Springs, CA (US), 04/30/2000--05/05/2000

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  • Report No.: NREL/CP-500-28620
  • Grant Number: AC36-99GO10337
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 763440
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc719442

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Conover, K.; VandenBosche, J.; Rhoads, H. (Global Energy Concepts, LLC) & Smith, B. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). Review of Operation and Maintenance Experience in the DOE-EPRI Wind Turbine Verification Program, article, September 5, 2000; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc719442/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.