Wind Plant Operations and Maintenance Challenges and Research Opportunities

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Global wind industry has experienced tremendous growth during the past two decades and the trend does not appear changing in near future. However, the industry is still challenged by premature component failures and high operations & maintenance (O&M) costs, which can account for up to 35% of levelized cost of energy. It is imperative for the industry to improve performance, reliability and reduce O&M costs through advanced technologies, enabled by research in related disciplines, to be competitive. This talk will first briefly discuss the challenges with wind plant O&M, then give an overview of related NREL research in the areas of performance, reliability, and O&M cost modeling, finally touch on future R&D opportunities in related areas. The authors hope some of these challenges are of interested to and can be addressed by the INFORMS community in future.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2022 INFORMS Annual Meeting, 16-19 October 2022, Indianapolis, Indiana

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5000-84457


  • costs
  • O&M
  • performance
  • reliability
  • wind plant


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