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Wind Condition Monitoring: Reducing operational cost and risk to achieve lower LCOE

Studies have shown that some wind farm operators have incurred O&M costs 7x times what was originally forecast.  This cuts into profit margins which impacts shareholders and influences policymakers.  Turbine reliability and availability are key factors in achieving the desired revenue and profitability goals.  Unplanned downtime, or catastrophic failures dramatically impact costs and disrupt business operations.                

Join Bently Nevada's Global Wind Leader, Stephen Donovan, and special guest Peter Kelley, Vice President of Public Affairs, for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) as as they explore how significant innovation and cost reduction has already occurred and continues to develop in turbine technology through creative digital solutions, new design and manufacturing processes and market competition.

Please join us for this webcast sponsored by Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

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Stephen Donovan

Global Wind Sales Leader - Bently Nevada

Stephen has over 8 years Wind industry expertise, primarily specialising in condition monitoring solutions to improve wind turbine reliability and availability.  

Initially working with Turningpoint, part of Commtest Instruments, a New Zealand based company.  Stephen then joined Bently Nevada, a GE company, as their Global Wind Leader.  He has contributed to both hardware and software product development, services, support, solution development, business growth and sales.  

In a global capacity, he is working in all regions and balancing the business challenges with regard to varying levels of industry maturity.  Stephen works very closely with many Turbine OEMs to standardise condition monitoring, as well as many owner operators to retrofit and support their wind assets.

Prior to working in Wind, Stephen has over 25 years Information technology experience from engineering, software development, operations management, consultancy through to solution delivery and sales.

Stephen has worked in many varied industries from Utilities, Finance, Services to telecommunications.  In later years, he specialised in business intelligence and data warehousing for large mobile telecommunications companies, such as Vodafone and Cable & Wireless.  Today Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing have matured into what we now refer to as BIG Data, data analytics and IOT.

Drawing many parallels for deploying large cellular radio networks and radio mast infrastructure, capturing vast volumes of data and aggregating into data lakes for data analytics, Stephen brings his experience into the Wind industry to support digital transformation and the development of the digital windfarm.

Moderator: Jennifer Runyon

Chief Editor - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

Jennifer is responsible for coordinating, writing and/or editing columns, features, news stories and blogs for the publications. She also serves as conference chair of Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo, North America. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.


Baker Hughes-a GE Company

Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) is the world’s first and only fullstream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions.       Backed by the digital industrial strength of GE, the company deploys minds, machines and the cloud to break down silos and reduce waste and risk, applying breakthroughs from other industries to advance its own.  With operations in over 120 countries, the company’s global scale, local know-how and commitment to service infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup – inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world. Please visit us at www.gemeasurement.com/power-generation.