How do you increase revenue without increasing operating expenses? How do you create a scalable, cost-effective performance optimization solution? How do you optimize not just at the turbine level, but at the wind farm level? At WindESCo we challenge ourselves to find solutions to these problems.
WeBoost is a comprehensive wind farm AEP improvement solution which leverages SCADA data to increase AEP between 2 – 6%. Our solution is cost-effective, scalable and comes with a choice of pricing models according to customer needs. Not only do we increase AEP, but we also quantify the performance improvement for our customers to prove the value of our solution.
Equipment failure continues to stand as the most daunting obstacle to optimized, cost-efficient wind projects costing wind farm operators over $6B in losses annually. While wind energy technology has improved tremendously throughout the last decade, wind farms continue to experience unscheduled major component failures. Why do components designed for a life of 20 years or more not last for half that age? Why do blades continue to require extensive repair? One of the most overlooked aspects is the wind condition themselves.
As rotors are getting larger, turbines are reaching into atmospheric conditions not adequately characterized. How the wind varies across the rotor area affects turbine loads. Turbines typically stop operating at 25 m/s since wind loads become excessive. However, we have found these threshold loads are exceeded even below cut-out speed when turbines are hit by “high impact low frequency” wind events.
Introducing WeProtect. A revolutionary solution that uses our WeSense unit to map the wind conditions across the rotor and translates them into loads on major components. It then compares loads to the WeClone, our virtual turbine clone, and manages turbine operation to protect it. Upwind turbines inform downwind turbine and learning from a few WeSense units can be applied to many to prioritize maintenance.
Our patent-pending solution can bring about a step change in your operating expense.