How do you increase revenue without increasing operating expenses? How do you create a scalable, cost-effective performance optimization solution? How do you create a comprehensive end-to-end solution without having to stich the pieces together? 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 a combination of high frequency SCADA data, coupled with data from our WeSense units to increase AEP between 2 – 8%. Our solution is cost-effective, scalable and comes with a choice of pricing models according to customer needs. Not only do we increase AEP, we also quantify the performance improvement for the customer to prove the value of the service.
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 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? Why do wind farms continue to experience noise complaints? One of the most overlooked aspects is the wind condition themselves.
As rotors are getting larger, turbines are reaching into atmospheric levels 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 become informants for downwind turbine and learning from a few WeSense units can be applied to many to prioritize maintenance.
Our patented solution can bring about a step change in your operating expense.
An average turbine has a design life of 20 to 25 years. An increasing number of turbines will reach their design life in the next 10 years. Owners are increasingly concerned about the integrity of the turbine and are looking for ways to access the Remaining Useful Life.
WeExtend uses the WeSense system to accurately determine the actual fatigue loading on major structural components like blades, hub, mainframe, mainshaft and tower. It then compares existing loads to baseline levels from the WeClone to access Remaining Useful Life.
Existing lifetime assessment techniques have a very high uncertainty. With actual load measurement as a starting point, we have lowered uncertainty. Where life is involved you can trust WeExtend.