Wind 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

  • Predictable Wind Power

    Maximizing value by peering into the future Wind power is variable, but predictable! Let’s not beat around the bush: wind power is variable.  Output power of a wind turbine varies with the wind speed and every location will have some degree of wind speed variations around an average value. Even on a windy night in Vanuatu, wind speed and thus ...


    By XANT NV

  • US offshore CEOs call for East Coast supply hubs to beat competition

    The U.S. offshore sector must create regional East Coast supply chains and public-private initiatives that accelerate training and port investments to ensure long-term competitiveness, leading developers told the U.S. Offshore Wind 2019 Conference. New Jersey's decision last week to select Orsted’s giant 1.1 GW Ocean Wind project for its first large-scale facility ...


    By New Energy Update

  • 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

  • The world`s first ski area powered by renewables Berkshire East Case Study

    Berkshire East, in Charlemont, MA, is the world’s first ski area to be powered entirely by on-site renewables.  With concerns over climate change and the high costs associated with their snow-making equipment, ...


    By AllEarth Renewables

  • 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.

  • District heating reduces carbon footprint – Case Study

    District heating is a system for distributing heat generated from a centralized location for residential and commercial heating requirements. The heat is often obtained from a cogeneration plant that burns fossil fuels, but increasingly these plants are transitioning to biomass. According to recent research, district heating is one of the cheapest methods of reducing carbon on the planet and has ...


    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

  • 7th Largest wind farm replaces mechanical for Ventus ultrasonic sensors - Case Study

    296 turbines of the AES Corporation are located by Buffalo Gap, Texas, US. With a capacity of 524 MW it's the world's seventh largest wind farm to-date. The article link below provides a summary of how Performance Engineer at AES, Tristan Lee, was able to optimize the performance of its aging fleet using latest in technology, that includes the Lufft Ventus Ultrasonic Wind Speed and Wind ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • Mechanical vs. Ultrasonic Anemometers for Wind Turbine Control

    What do you think? Does the replacement of mechanical wind sensors trough ultrasonic anemometers in wind turbine control pay off after less than a few years? Free Cost Benefit Analysis about Replacement of Mechanical Wind Sensors Anemometers are vital components of utility-scale wind turbines and determine the performance of the turbine’s ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • 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

  • 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

  • Introducing The RNRG Goalpost Boom

    We are happy to introduce a new goalpost mounting solution for installing redundant class 1 anemometers. This new boom, designed specifically for use with our 80m XHD TallTower, positions anemometer cups at exactly 80 m above ground level—2.5 m away from each other—and 1.99 m ...


    By NRG Systems

  • 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

  • Small Wind Turbines tested: “Fortis Montana best performance”

    The market for commercial wind turbines is maturing even as they get bigger and bigger, but the market for small wind turbines is quite young, with some people comparing it to the car industry early in the 19th century. Although some manufacturers have been in the business for over two decades, most suppliers are from this millennium. And that shows. As in most immature markets, there are ...


    By Fortis Wind Energy

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