- Published: 30 November 2015 30 November 2015
Wind farm owners representing 12 % of global turbine assets have founded a new peer-to-peer online platform called o2o Wind (as in owner to owner) dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and experience on operation and maintenance issues.
The o2o Wind forum is the first initiative of the kind aimed at fostering wind farm O&M best practice through a collaborative approach. Companies such as EDPR, Vattenfall, RWE, DONG Energy and Acciona Energia have already joined this exclusive network, along with numerous other wind turbine owners. Members share the common objective of optimising turbine yields, and many specialist discussions revolve around issues with main components such as rotor blades, gearboxes or substations. With o2o Wind members owning more than 60% of all offshore turbines in the world, the platform is also strong on offshore O&M. Although the topics treated on the forum are mainly technical, they can also be connected to major investment decisions. o2o wind takes down the usual barriers to information exchange that get in the way of the performance optimisation of wind assets. The very strict member selection criteria are designed to weed out noise, and maintain a very high level of expertise throughout the network.