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Wednesday, 28 September 2016
11:30 - 13:00 Turbines operating in low temperatures
Turbine technology  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Hall G2

Cold climate sites are characterised by the occurence of icing events and/or periods with temperatures below the  operational limits of standard wind turbines. This session will address specific challenges faced during the operation of wind farms in cold climates. Topics include low-temperature compliance testing of wind turbines, methods for detection and analysis of icing events, as well as the  operational performance of de- and anti-icing systems.

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Learning objectives

  • Learn about the importance of the increasing market share of cold climate wind turbines and the effect of such environment on wind turbine components;
  • Gain insights in the behaviour of certain critical components in (extreme) low temperatures, its cold start-up performance and potential failure modes which have to be taken into account during design;
  • Get an overview about icing basics and ice detection systems for wind turbines;
  • Learn about tools used for modelling the thermal behaviour of a blade and respective de- and anti-icing system;
  • Understand the uncertainties related to them, the methodology for their validation and the application.


Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Jens Madsen, Senior Specialist, Suzlon Blade Science Center, Suzlon Energy A/S, Denmark
Julia Gottschall, Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer IWES, Germany

Gesa Ziemer
Project Manager Arctic Technology , HSVA Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH , Germany
Ice action on offshore wind turbine foundations - mitigating ice loads and ice-induced vibrations  

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Matthew Wadham-Gagnon
Project Manager and Business Development Coordinator, TCE, Canada
Wind Turbine Control in Icing Climate  

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Abstract ID: 79
René Cattin
Member of the Executive Board, Meteotest, Switzerland
Evaluation of ice detection systems for wind turbines

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Nils Lehming
Senior Product Manager, Nordex Energy GmbH, Germany
Operational experience of Wind turbines in Cold Climate  

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