The presentations and workshops during the conference primarily dealt with the market growth in wind power in China and its corresponding challenges. Manufacturing concepts were presented and strategies for entering the market and investing in wind energy equipment were discussed.
Torsten Muuß, Global Technical Manager for Wind Energy from SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, was one of the main speakers during this conference presenting the new SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China.
The SGS Wind Energy Technology Center in China mainly focuses on Rotor Blade Testing. As blade failures can have severe impact on safety, turbine downtime and public exposure, a thorough validation of the blade through full-scale testing by an independent third party is indispensable.
The WETC provides a complete set of full-scale blade testing capabilities. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology for load application and blade measurements, the SGS test center can perform static and fatigue tests for various purposes:
– Certification testing according to IEC 61400-23
– Blade design validation
– Manufacturing quality testing
– Validation of repairs and design changes
Another new service offered by SGS Wind Energy is risk management advisory for offshore wind farms. SGS Wind Energy Risk Management Services are designed to assist the client in mitigating specific project risks at every stage of offshore wind farm projects, from conception through to operation.
This is a high value-adding service for clients at the conceptual phase as it provides the necessary support for the decision to move ahead with a project or not. The service applies proven risk management techniques to identify, quantify, assess, simulate, mitigate and manage the risks in a project. It covers all stages of a project cycle including design, supplier capability and delivery time, availability of specialized sea-going transport, commissioning, as well as operations and maintenance.
The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.
SGS is committed to providing a fully comprehensive set of services for the Wind Energy sector to meet the specific requirements of clients. SGS aims to achieve 100% success in helping meet clients’ availability targets, and in doing so, we continue to evolve our services in response to the changing market environment.