The foremost limiting factors according to industry professionals and issues faced by ISPs in after-sales.
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Volume 2 of our ebook series presents the principal constraints imposed on upgrades of operational wind farms, along with the foremost limiting factors according to industry professionals and issues in the after-sales market that surfaced during the interview process.
The constraints presented in this study concerns performance related upgrades for operational wind turbines – software improvements, optimizations component retrofits, and installations of new equipment. For a proposed upgrade to be implemented in a wind farm, there are stakeholders that must agree to the upgrade.
The margins on turbine sales are tight, and many manufacturers have set their hopes on the O&M and after-sales markets, in which margins are significantly better. However in recent years OEMs have lost ground on the wind farm O&M market, as independent service providers are offering alternatives for the owners.
Key constraints experienced by people in the industry were assembled from actors involved in operational wind farms: OEMs and ISPs, small and large-scale owner groups, consultancies, and third party product providers. Interviewees were all asked what they considered to be the foremost limiting factor for upgrading wind turbines.
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