Cost effective O&M strategies to minimize downtime and maximize wind energy yield

As pressure mounts to provide the world with more sustainable sources of energy, wind power is seen by many as having a critical role in the energy mix. Wind energy is already claimed to be cost-competitive with fossil fuel-based energy generation in some countries, and is forecast to reach parity in many other markets by the end of this decade.

O&M has an important part to play in the cost-effectiveness of wind operations. Research for the report shows that the wind energy industry has many opportunities to improve, particularly in terms of collaboration, making better use of available technologies and adopting appropriate O&M strategies:

  • O&M strategies analyzed: find out how predictive, preventative and reactive strategies compare in terms of costs and impact on reliability
  • In-house O&M vs. OEMs vs. Independent service companies: understand the pros and cons of each so you can choose the best option for your wind energy assets
  • Exclusive data on failure rates: get access to statistical analysis on failure rates based on 18 years of data collected from more than 12GW of wind turbines
  • Benchmark against other wind energy operators: find out how operators across the globe are approaching O&M and compare your operations to theirs

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Essential O&M knowledge targeted to your business needs

This report is relevant to all companies and individuals who are working in wind O&M.

Company types
  • Owner/Operators/IPPs/Utilities
  • ISP/ OEMs
  • Electronic Specialists/Component Suppliers
Job titles
  • Asset Managers
  • Head of O&M/ O&M Manager
  • Head of Wind Generation


  • Operations and maintenance (O&M) in the global wind energy market: Complete and up-to-date wind energy installed capacity data by market (with in depth analysis on Europe, Asia and US), installed capacity by operator, and wind farm capacity trends. The report also analyses wind energy industry opportunities to improve, sharing appropriate O&M strategies, collaboration options, and how to make better use of available technologies.
  • Mapping the O&M landscape: Comprehensive analysis of how the O&M market is expected to continue to evolve over time as technological developments encourage a shift away from reactive and preventative maintenance approaches.
  • O&M costs and performance: Techno-economic evaluation of the O&M costs and performance trends. O&M cost breakdown, geographical cost differences, Impact of O&M on lifetime costs and return on investment, potential routes to improvement and a comparison in this context of wind with other forms of renewable and conventional energy generation technologies.
  • Component reliability: Failure rates, causes, financial impact and solutions. Reliability of capital  intensive components (rotor blades, gearboxes, generators), and non-capital intensive components (drive train and bearings, sensors, yaw systems, pitching systems, mechanical brakes, nacelle, tower, foundations, cables…)
  • O&M strategies and routes to improvement: Configuring whichO&M approach is best suited for which wind farm. Cost differentials and ROI of maintenance approaches, industry preferences, maintenance timeline, and condition-monitoring and SCADA systems.


Wind Energy Update's Operations and Maintenance Report 2014 responds to the most pressing needs of the onshore wind O&M community, representing over six months of primary and secondary research as well as analysis on the part of a qualified team of experts.

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