Renewable energy generation is increasingly capturing market share from fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The rate of technology development to provide more efficient methods of power generation, storage and transmission is also increasing to facilitate this transition. Each renewable energy source, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydro, and ocean needs to reliably and efficiently convert the natural energy to feed into the grid. System reliability of each generation array is essential to provide optimum availability of power generation at the right times. This requires a combination of qualification of each technology, to provide reliability assurance along with an understanding of the potential for common cause failures across arrays.
Astrimar specialist reliability engineers have established risk and reliability expertise in a range of industries and provide support to the Renewables Industry, to help technology developers, installers and operators to deliver the required levels of system reliability and availability.
Operational reliability and availability are achieved when asset teams successfully assess, manage and mitigate each identified risk, including vulnerability to common cause failures. By combining risk and reliability analyses with more traditional engineering, we aim to provide risk-based decision support to improve reliability, functionality and operational efficiency.
From early design and qualification and on through the operating life, we provide an understanding of reliability capacity as an essential input to asset decision making, including design improvements, system monitoring, spares holding, inspection, maintenance and upgrade.
Our experience has identified that the qualification of new technology before it is installed in service, is crucial to managing technology risk and achieving (and assuring) reliability and availability through life. As such we have best practice experience of applying reliability engineering principles to the development and implementation of effective technology qualification using the widely adopted technology readiness level (TRL) approach combined with prioritised assessment and qualification related to failure mode risk. We work to understand, analyse and test the technology to provide traceable assurance that systems are qualified through a detailed understanding of all service demands, performance requirements and potential failure mechanisms. This is directly applicable to the focus on innovation for enhanced renewable power generation reliability for the future.