Accessing a turbine tower from a small vessel is not without risk for the technician, and it is essential that vessel masters get the best weather support from us in order to know when the turbines can be accessed.
When we support helicopter operations, it’s very important for the pilot to know that he can safely land, or perform a helihoist, but it’s also important for the crew to know so that they can safely return.
Lightning is a challenging weather phenomenon — particularly during summer. Obviously, it’s not safe to be at the top of a steel tower in the middle of the water if lightning is passing. One of our real focus areas is helping operators by predicting lightning occurrences well in advance; both as a morning risk assessment and also during the day to alert them if lightning is threatening to affect the wind farm, which allows them to secure their crew in advance.
This article is part 3 of the series Optimizing wind farm operations with accurate weather forecasts