Thank you for your interest in SkySpecs’ “Routine Blade Inspections: Rationale, Frequency, & Industry Trends” White Paper!
The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – a 16-fold ROI in this case – is severely conservative when it comes to maintenance of wind turbine rotor blades. The cost of repairing early-stage damage – or even better, implementing remediation solutions for serial issues before damage occurs in most blades – is often minuscule compared to the cost of a single catastrophic failure. Within the next few years, the industry must evolve to a practice of routine scheduled inspections followed by proactive repair and remediation in order to minimize the life cycle cost of ownership.
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