“In order to have clean air in cities, you have to go electric”, Elon Musk is famously quoted as saying. Thanks to ISO 29400, there’s now that little bit extra in guidance for a greener future.
With the Coronavirus pandemic in full force, the effect of a reduction in business, industry and transportation has visually shown how much better the planet feels without carbon-powered activity. The International Organization for Standards (ISO) have in light of this recently released ISO 29400, a new standard self-hailed as a “breath of fresh air” for the offshore wind farm industry. ISO 29400 provides a much-needed way to guide the generation of electricity chiefly through wind farm operations in a sustainable fashion.
Outlining various best practice and guidelines for wind farm associated operations, ISO 29400 covers everything from the optimal design and analysis of components, to repair and maintenance strategies, to decommission and redeployment of equipment. As a broad standard for the offshore wind farm industry, the standard sets a regulatory tone to hold operators, managers and inspectors to a high standard. Whilst the solid ground counterparts to the offshore wind farms prove to relatively easier to install and maintain, offshore provides its unique problems of technical maintenance whilst balancing on sea-legs. Offshore farm sites are well-suited to catching wind and are becoming increasingly favoured around the globe, hence the giant energy providers were in desperate need of international guidance. Thanks to ISO 29400, machinists, prospective constructors and all those involved with their operation can now feel more sure about their life-cycle.