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There is a growing consensus that the use of offshore wind energy in power generation can offer long-term benefits including those relating to the environment, the economics of power generation, societal benefits, and sustainability objectives. However, to achieve these goals, work that can economize the lifetime cost of offshore wind turbines (OWT) is much needed. Operation and Maintenance (O&M) incur recurring high costs during the 20 to 25-year lifetime of OWT and need economization. In this seminar, we will explore the unique requirements of OWT from maintenance perspective and look at the need for technologies and tools that can assist maintain and manage these turbines of significant importance. More specifically, the seminar will look at avenues where non-proprietary technology and tools can assist in lowering the lifetime cost of OWT.
Dr Yashwant Sinha is the Director of the Offshore Wind Energy Program at Bristol Community College, MA and is part of the team that is involved in setting up the National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) in Bristol, MA - a premier facility to offer Global Wind Organization (GWO) training and certification. Prior to this role, Dr. Sinha taught at Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom and worked on several projects relating to wind turbines, offshore health and safety, and service maintenance optimization. Dr. Sinha gained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology in India and an MPhil degree in Micro and Nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge in The United Kingdom. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Robert Gordon University in the UK for a work titled Maintenance Optimization of Offshore Wind Turbines. His research interests include improving the operation and maintenance of wind turbines, designing predictive maintenance schemes using FMECA, and designing tools and instruments to assist with the optimization of operation, maintenance, and management of assets. He currently lives in Shrewsbury, MA with his wife and a 7-year-old son.
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