The Danish Government Scheme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program has awarded financial support to the CORTIR project, a proposal from 21 partnering industry companies and two universities, headed up by Bladena ApS.
CORTIR, an acronym for “Cost and Risk Tool for Interim and Preventive Repair,” includes the development of a sophisticated, yet user-friendly, numerical tool (CAR-Tool) to optimize the management of turbine blade maintenance in terms of risks and costs. To tool aims to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy and secure alignment towards maintenance throughout the full value chain.
Early work in this area has illustrated that significant improvements can be achieved by employing an all-encompassing and rigorous tool based on known structural issues. The CAR-Tool input parameters will be widespread from reliability data to detailed knowledge about structural blade and composite behavior during operation of the wind turbines.
By relating the technical inputs to the cost structures within O&M activities, the tool output will suggest an optimum inspection and maintenance strategy to be used for decision-making, which is technically and financially sound. CORTIR will further demonstrate how blade retrofits can be deployed in this effort.
The project goal is to benefit manufacturers, wind-farm owners, and O&M workers, as well as other insurance and service companies. The importance of covering the entire value chain is reflected by the comprehensive list companies that participate and sponsor the project. The total budget for the project is 3.9 million Euro and the EUDP support is 51%.
”We look forward to be part of this project and give our input on how the industry can minimize Risk and O&M cost on blades.” said Finn Thyrring Technical manager from CODAN insurance which is partner in the project.