Turbine Monitoring Articles

  • 10 Facts you didn’t know about Wind Energy

    The oldest rotary windmills are considered to have been used regularly in agriculture and other purposes since 2000 B.C. by peoples of what would today be China and the Middle East who already sensed what the German physicist Albert Betz, the father of physics governing modern wind turbines, called The Theory of Wind Energy, presented and ...


    By Vortex Bladeless SL

  • As Europe extends turbine lifespans, data becomes crucial

    Ageing wind assets, growing corporate demand and limited appetite for full repowering are favoring lifetime extension projects, increasing the importance of performance analysis. European lifetime extension (LTE) activity is set to hike in the coming years as feed-in tariffs expire and wind operators seek to maximize revenues from ageing assets. Around 4 GW/year of European wind turbine ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Employing Ultrasonic or Eddy Current Inspection of Turbine Blades: Ensuring Flight Safety

    Performing eddy current inspections of turbine blades in the engines of jet aircraft can be an effective means of detecting surface and near-surface cracks. However, there are other areas to consider for a complete inspection including the blade attachments, case ...


    By Zetec, Inc

  • Turbine efficiency monitoring in the UK - Case Study

    By monitoring the efficiency of a turbine, we supported a UK water company to maintain maximum electrical output The turbine in question – a fixed speed machine (1016rpm) – runs ...


    By Riventa Ltd

  • Long Term Service Agreements Project - Case Study

    We are awarded a long term contract to supply spare parts, component repairs, field engineering services of 9 units for GE Fr6 Gas Turbine in South East Asia. We repair and refurbish Gas Turbine components such as Rotor, Nozzle, Blade, Bucket, Vane, Combustion Liner, Transition Pieces, etc. We also provide technical advisers ...


    By Energy Capital Pte Ltd

  • M40 & M80 USV Surveys Offshore Wind Farm Turbine Piles and Cable Scouring - Case Study

    Date: January 15-22, 2019 Location: Jiangsu, China Equipment: M80 USV, Coda Octopus real time 3D imaging sonar Survey Mission: The purpose is to survey wind farm turbine pile foundation and inspect underwater cable scouring. 1. 15Km 100KV main cable inspection 2. 80Km ...


    By OceanAlpha Group Ltd.

  • Wind turbine technology leaps set to slice maintenance costs

    Self-diagnosing turbines, real-time output maximization and “crane less” maintenance will soon impact wind operations, cutting labour costs and increasing generation revenue, Denver Bane, Onshore Wind Services Strategy Leader at GE Renewable Energy, told the Wind Operations Dallas 2019 conference. Intense competition in the wind market is spurring turbine ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Boosting gas pipelines to optimum levels - Case Study

    As gas pressure drops in the gas pipeline network, the transportation capacity is reduced. Compressor plants are used to boost gas pressure back up to optimum operating levels. Monitoring fuel gas to compressors is typically accomplished with an orifice or turbine meter. Because both of these methods are subject to fouling and failure, they require frequent skilled maintenance in order to ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Diagnosing wear faults - High-throughput screening of wind-turbine gearbox samples using the LaserNet 230 and automatic sample processor (ASP).

    The major issue for premature failure in wind-turbine gearboxes is bearing failure, which leads to gearbox failure. A wind-turbine gearbox will not survive if the oil is not clean and especially if the hard ferrous particles are not removed from around the bearings. The LaserNet 230 particle counter and ferrous debris monitor has been shown to be an excellent analytical tool for end users to ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • TOWERPOWER - Case Study

    Objective: TOWERPOWER was focused on the development of a real-time remote monitoring system to diagnose the aging of the metal structure of offshore turbines. The ultimate goal was to reduce maintenance costs in offshore wind energy. ...

  • Spin Doctors: How GE’s Service-Savvy Approach Squeezes the best from a fleet of 900 Wind Turbines

    Over 150 years ago, a budding English economist named William Stanley Jevons warned that a policy of energy efficiency might not be sufficient to conserve Britain’s dwindling coal reserves. His argument, now known as the Jevons paradox, was simple: Squeeze more energy from less coal, and people will just want more coal. ...


    By GE Renewable Energy

  • Measure Voltage and Current Using a Data Logger

    How to Record Accurate AC and DC Current and Voltage Measurements A common data logging application is to measure voltage and  ...


    By CAS DataLoggers

  • Case Study - 6MW Non-Condensing Power Plant

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2003 First Geothermal Power Station in PNG: Press Release, April 16, 2003 Lihir Gold Limited “Gold company Lihir Gold Limited is turning its vast geothermal resource into an opportunity. In April, the company started commissioning a 6MW geothermal power station, the first in Papua New Guinea to use natural geothermal ...

  • Petrochemistry: Monitoring the magnetic clutch of a boiler fan - Case Study

    Equipment, Context:   The manufacturing site is a steam cracker in Europe operating 24 hours 7 days a week. To ensure its production, the plant has three boilers supplying in vapor several steam turbines and furnaces. The monitored equipment is a fan linked to a boiler. Fan is equipped with a magnetic-clutch allowing a driving ...


    By Wi-Care

  • Overhaul Completed in Just 30 Days

    Sulzer completed an overhaul of three General Electric steam turbines and five Clark compressors for a large ethylene plant in Colombia. Sulzer’s service centers in Texas and Bogotá worked together to inspect and repair the three turbines. Sulzer staff helped the customer with project planning, full commissioning, and testing within a very tight timeframe. The city of ...


    By Sulzer Ltd.

  • Wind turbine controlling of the future

    Higher, more robust, more reliable: Parallel to the growing requirements for wind turbines, the requirements for monitoring sensors grow as well. But how can wind sensor manufacturers fulfil these wishes? And how should a future wind sensors look like? After analysing the current conditions and trends on the wind energy market, our CEO Klaus Hirzel compiled a wish list for future wind sensors. ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • Power curve measured and verified – Case Study

    In 2010 RSE SpA (Energy System Research Inc.) within a Program Agreement with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development started a measurement campaign on a Libellula wind plant installed in Tuscany. The campaign lasted 1 ½ years and during this time RSE measured the turbine’s power curve following the requirements of the relevant IEC Standard ...


    By Aria s.r.l

  • Animation: How Wind Turbines Work

    The windmill, which converts wind into rotational energy to mill grain or pump water, has been around since antiquity. It’s even been claimed that Ancient Babylonians planned to harness wind as early as almost 4,000 years ago, as part of a scheme for one of Hammurabi’s ambitious irrigation projects. By the end of the 19th century, wind energy took on a whole new meaning as engineers ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • HydroSpin SWING Installation in Greece – February 2016 Case Study

    In February 2016, a HydroSpin Swing 4” (100 mm) unit was installed at a Greek facility serving the local Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP). The HydroSpin Generator powers a telemetric device, a GPRS-based data logger, which continuously transmits flow rate data to the water ...


    By HydroSpin Power Solution

  • Drones for Wind Turbine Inspection

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Inspection Services for Wind Turbines: Global Market Assessment and Forecasts By the beginning of 2015, there were nearly 270,000 individual wind turbines operating globally. The more than 800,000 blades spinning on these turbines are battered by the elements over time and gradually wear out. Deterioration can cause reduced energy ...

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