Surveys & Expert Reports for Wind Turbines

Behind the scenes

Does your wind turbine stand tall in the wind? IFE inspections, surveys and expert reports, independent of manufacturers, provide in-depth answers to this question.

Our experienced technicians and engineers will inspect and assess your wind turbines. In return, you will be given an easy to understand test and inspection report explaining the results.

Straightaway you will see: What is the status quo? Is there a need to act and if so: immediately or mid-term?

Utilise the hard facts to ensure the availability of your wind turbines and at the same time economic success.

 

Reliably checked: no questions left unanswered

Our services include the statutory, periodic inspection as well as condition-related inspections. The scope of inspection is also governed by the applicable principles and directives of the periodic inspection (DiBt – “German Institute of Civil Engineering”, BWE and insurance).

Expertise, modern technology and analytical methods are the tools we use to put your wind turbine to the test. We will gladly accommodate your individual requirements.

Periodic inspection

The scope of this service includes inspection of the foundation, tower, nacelle, propeller blades, and other parts. It also entails inspection of the safety system and review of the service manual. All official conditions are checked in terms of their compliance with the “Federal Immission Control Act” (Immissionsschutzgesetz).

Commissioning report

First of all, the foundation, tower, housing, propeller blades and other components are inspected. Our surveyors then check that the wind turbine is being operated properly and in line with contractual obligations. Any component defects or incomplete work is recorded and entered in a concise test and inspection report.

Inspection prior to warranty expiry/condition-related inspection

Is it operating smoothly? Are there any signs of initial damage? Our experts will check for this in the complementary test and inspection procedures. This includes inspection of the foundation, tower, nacelle, propeller blades and entire drive train. Performance curves are also analysed and compared.

Vibration analysis in compliance with VDI 3834/1 and video endoscopy provide accurate results in the event of early detection of damage.

Continuing operation after 20 years of use

Continuing operation of the wind turbine can be a lucrative option even after 20 years of use. Our expert reports will provide you with the relevant information. In addition to a detailed technical inspection of the wind turbines on site, the scope of performance also includes an analytical review. Analysis of operating data and weak spots is carried out and an overall assessment of relevant influential factors. The inspection is based on current guidelines, e.g. from Germanischer Lloyd, the BWE and the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (“German Institute of Structural Engineering”).

Technical and commercial consulting

Take a close look: this is precisely what we would like to do for you in our consultations. Technical consulting includes damage reports and handling of damage claims with insurance companies, and quality control of new or faulty components in the wind turbine.

Commercial consulting includes assessment of the viability of quotations and invoices, or review of maintenance contracts.

Our References

Max Bögl
Vattenfall
Gassco
Stadtwerke Gronau
Stadtwerke Emden
Verbund
Energie Burgenland
res
Niedersächsische Landesforsten
VW
RWE
EWE
WPD Windmanager

Operation Management

Optimised services

Efficient operation management will optimise the cost-effectiveness of your wind farm. It´s all about implementing the various, ever more demanding conditions of grid operators, direct sellers and authorities: more and more often, the lines between technical and commercial operations and legal requirements blur.

IFE harmonises and controls these processes for you with the clear aim of maximising the safety and profitability of your wind farm. We take an integrated approach that incorporates four factors for the successful operation of an optimised wind farm:

 

Services

Technical operation

Monitoring, supplying, documenting: these are the principles we apply to ensure the daily operation of wind turbines.
Our services include:

Commercial operations

Commercial support ensures cost-effective management of necessary technical repairs and enhancements. Furthermore, we offer our customers support with liquidity forecasts and cashflow management. Our services include:

Our References

Max Bögl
Vattenfall
Gassco
Stadtwerke Gronau
Stadtwerke Emden
Verbund
Energie Burgenland
res
Niedersächsische Landesforsten
VW
RWE
EWE
WPD Windmanager

Planning & Consulting

Inspiring projects

Careful planning will guarantee the success of your wind power project. IFE will support you in the process from the very first study of potential, in project management, right through to supervision in the construction phase.

In more than 20 years on the market, we have developed an extensive project phased quality management system. All key project factors are analysed systematically and transparently. This is how we create a clear decision-making basis for our customers.

 

Services

Project development

IFE develops and manages your projects turnkey, or also in certain project phases. This includes sound development work as much as stakeholder analyses, or communication strategies.

Feasibility studies

We look for potentially suitable, available areas for you. Specific challenges and opportunities are discovered in good time. This not only minimises the risk, but is also conducive to a solid return. Have you already secured an area, or are you thinking about it? We will provide assessment of the potential of your plot in definitive, clear terms.

Approval planning

We will draw on our many years of experience and tact to put together your approval planning and application documents to navigate between building control, town and country planning, and nature conservation and pollution control.

(Senior) site management and construction supervision

Our experienced site managers make sure construction of your wind power project goes smoothly and is cost-effective. For example, they monitor the quality and conformity of your project with regard to technology and the contract, provide you the customer with reports, and monitor the costs.

Performance auditing

This allows you to estimate the cost-effectiveness of your project in each phase. This includes carrying out feasibility studies for you, liquidity forecasts and benchmarking.

Project management

Our well versed engineers will support you to ensure efficient project management. In addition, we have a network of specialists to provide legal advice and development planning, or expert reports for wind and objects requiring protection.

Risk management

Proactive instead of reactive: IFE will define the project phases and decision-making points for you, as well as keep an eye on the budget, and cashflow planning. We do this by using checklists and clearly illustrating remaining risks using the traffic light method. Our project documentation is certified in accordance with ISO 9001.

Process management

This includes strategic project planning as well as the analysis and management of stakeholders. This area is complemented by communications planning and political lobbying.

Our References

Max Bögl
Vattenfall
Gassco
Stadtwerke Gronau
Stadtwerke Emden
Verbund
Energie Burgenland
res
Niedersächsische Landesforsten
VW
RWE
EWE
WPD Windmanager