Wind Turbine Monitoring Articles

  • 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. ...

  • Adoption hurdles and challenges with small wind turbines

    Adoption Hurdles and Challenges with Small Wind Turbines Wind energy is very promising. It can be harvested without any costs, and like solar panels, wind turbines are environmentally-friendly. However, such machines are not living up to their potential. Some users have reported low efficiency rates, unpredictable performance and costly adoption barriers. ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Change is the only constant

    2016 was a year of big changes for Lufft: A change in the ownership structure took place in January and in August I took the reins as the new Managing Director. After more than 100 days at the innovative measuring technology manufacturer with a long company history, I would like to share with you my experiences and impressions in the new position. What characterizes Lufft? A good mix! ...

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • 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. ...

  • 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

  • Helplessly exposed to nature? How lightning storms can be measured

    Each day, there occur about 1,000 thunderstorms with 4-10 million lightning bolts worldwide. In average, 700 people per year are hit by such light discharges, of which 75% of the hits result in long-term damages. Between three and seven cases end fatal. The risk is particularly high in the open field and is fortunately decreasing. The reason for this is that we stay more often inside in cars and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Reasons Available To Use Wind To Cater Energy Requirements

    Excessive heating of the planet due to fossil fuel burning has forced people to look for green energy sources. That can be considered as the main reason why many people think of using wind power to cater their energy requirements. They are being used in large scale in areas such as Australia, USA, Spain, Denmark, India and Germany. Wind energy has its own advantages as well as disadvantages like ...


    By Stanford Magnets

  • The McGowans, Perthshire, Scotland

    The McGowans’ Gaia-Wind turbine powers their water bore hole; cattle sheds; and farmhouse and has given them control over their rising electricity bills. Purchased turbine: March 2010 Average annual energy production: 21,170 kWh Predicted payback period: 5-6 years “We own a mixed livestock and arable farm in Perthshire, Scotland. About two years ago ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • Maximum power point tracking for wind energy conversion systems based on fuzzy modelling and control

    Wind energy conversion systems (WECS) have merits as environmentally friendly and renewable sources of energy. Because of its stochastic variations, power management concepts are essential to extract as much power as possible from the wind when it becomes available. The purpose of this paper is to present a TSK fuzzy model, which represents the turbine characteristic for maximum power point ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Farm in Ayrshire, Scotland

    This Ayrshire farm is a busy livery yard and stud which has produced 120,000kWh of electricity in its first three years. The site has electricity requirements for lighting and equipment such as a horse walker. The main farm house and a self-catering cottage also operate an electrical heating system. Key objective: To reduce energy bills Background The owner ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • EPA wind farm project for open space and site noise evaluation and measurement criteria

    EPA is a Cabinet level executive agency responsible for protecting and conserving the environment in the Republic of China including air quality, noise control, monitoring and inspection of the environment, solid waste, recycling, sustainable development and international cooperation. It is led by the Minister for Environment, Stephen Shu-hung Shen. The Environmental Protection Agency has evolved ...

  • Productivity of small wind turbines for various wind potentials conditions: application in Bulgaria and Corsica

    Less or more accurate power curve models are generally used to simulate the wind turbine electrical production versus the available wind speed. However, if such models are adapted to large machines, this is not the case for small ones. The objective of this paper is to study the impact of different small-scale wind turbines power curves and wind distributions on the electrical production. An ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Vector control of current regulated inverter connected to grid for wind energy applications

    Connecting variable speed wind turbine connected to the grid requires a proper control of the inverter to improve the power quality for the system. The vector control of an inverter connected to the grid is presented. The proposed control technique implies a hysteresis current controller in the inner loop. The complete control system has been developed, analysed, and validated by simulation ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Optimal Power Flow under Variable Wind Generation

    In this paper Optimal Power Flow (OPF) problem is solved for a power system, which includes wind power as an additional generation input under variable load conditions. The fixed-speed Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) option is considered in this study: simulations have been performed for various sizes of wind farm attached to the IEEE 30-bus systems using the DIgSILENT Power Factory simulation ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Air concentrating nozzles: a promising option for wind turbines

    Although the use of wind turbines has become necessary in many parts of the world, the actual developments in wind turbines do not concern countries where the average wind speeds are low. The paper introduces a new vertical axis wind rotor using a convergent nozzle for low wind speed areas. This paper brings a detailed theoretical and practical study of air concentrating nozzle and the optimum ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The effect of ocean waves on offshore wind turbines

    The Ocean has a varying surface roughness where the roughness length is determined by the characteristics of the waves. In this paper, a method is established where the roughness length of the ocean is calculated from the wind speed and the fetch length. The fetch length depends on the wind direction and a case study is performed for a wind turbine exposed to wind blowing in two opposite ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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