Texas Tech University

New data analysis models aim to raise turbine reliability to 99.5%

Wind Energy Update

September 14, 2016

Wind Energy Update - Improving wind turbine reliability to 99.5% will require new data analysis approaches across the industry as existing techniques won’t allow the sector to go above current reliability levels, according to Carsten Westergaard, senior advisor, Wind and Water at the Sandia National Laboratories and Professor of Practice at Texas Tech University.

"We're no longer talking about the 50% or 60% reliability of the 80s," he said. "Today, a good turbine is probably 98%. We want to go to 99.5%. And you can't just do that with a logistics mindset alone."

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