EOW 2009 is the biggest European Offshore Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). It will be held for the third time on September 14-16, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden.

This 3-day event will bring together all the major players in the offshore wind industry, providing a unique opportunity to engage in high-level business and networking, political debates and technical discussions. The conference program will present practical steps forward for decision makers at EU and national levels, and emphasize the importance of grid integration, industrial development, as well as environmental and administrative considerations.

EOW 2009 is an excellent occasion for the SGS Competence Center for Wind Energy to present to the European audience its wind energy services, such as offshore wind farm project certification and condition monitoring. SGS will be exhibiting at Stand no. B0921.

Condition monitoring lowers costs

SGS’s Condition Monitoring involves a set of activities wherein various components of the wind turbine are regularly inspected and monitored. Condition monitoring gathers condition parameters of the machinery on a regular or permanent basis, which includes the lubricant’s condition, temperatures, vibration and operation data, as well as visual inspection results. A minor failure in a key component of the wind turbine can cause downtime and severe losses. With wind turbine maintenance being costly, regular condition monitoring throughout the turbine’s operational lifetime is crucial to reducing costs and detecting failures as early as possible.

Oil analysis identifies failure early on

Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch the SGS Wind Energy experts´ live Oil Analysis Demonstration. Effective oil analysis helps identify lubrication-related failures; therefore, regular monitoring of the chemical and physical changes in a lubricant is essential to detect machine wear and provide early warning for potential failures. Oil analysis can effectively reduce maintenance costs and increase the reliability and availability of monitored equipment. Samples for oil analysis can be taken from a wind turbine gearbox, generator or hydraulic system.

SGS kindly invites you to the Happy Hour at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, where the SGS Wind Energy Expert Team will discuss topics such as the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance phases of offshore wind farm projects and the risks they entail, among others.

About SGS Wind Energy Services

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS is the preferred international partner for onshore and offshore wind farm projects. Our strength comes from our experienced staff that has the requisite technical expertise in wind technology.

SGS is committed to providing a fully comprehensive program for the Wind Energy Sector designed to meet the specific requirements of your company. Our aim is to achieve 100% success in helping you meet your own availability targets.

Send us your inquiry on SGS Wind Energy Services now.


Dr Jan Behrendt Ibso
Vice President and Global Director
SGS Competence Center Wind Energy

SGS Wind Energy
t: +49 40 30101-236
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About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.