It comes as no surprise that the wind-power industry’s worth relies on the speed, power and availability of its source. Without wind, the wind turbine would simply not be in business, which means the sector is heavily dependent on natural weather variation to offer maximum value.
The weather, however, doesn’t only dictate the level of power generation produced by wind farms, but also influences the best practices engineers choose to maintain their asset; opening and closing windows of opportunity to perform safe and cost-effective repairs.
Meteorologists can predict atmospheric changes with a remarkable degree of accuracy and it is these measurements that help operators to optimise wind-generated power and its storage.
This is also true of emergency repairs or regulation maintenance checks – such as oil changes – which come at varying levels of expense and frequency, depending on weather constraint and also the quality of the company’s existing lubricant.
Extreme wind conditions in remote locations make it increasingly difficult for maintenance engineers to do their job, so ensuring that oil changes are carried out under controlled measures and emergency repairs are kept to a minimum is just as important for the welfare of personnel as it is for equipment longevity and profitability.