02 May '11, 12pm

Can You Run a Wind Farm From a Cell Phone?

Can You Run a Wind Farm From a Cell Phone?

Half a billion euros, GL Garrad Hassan (GL GH) Business Development Manager John Macaskill said, are lost every year around the world by wind farm operators who, inundated with unassimilated data , do not reach achievable levels of availability and operating efficiency. Availability is the percentage of total time during which a turbine is actually available to operate. Operating efficiency is the percentage of energy produced of the total energy that could be produced by a turbine’s normal power curve. “In our experience,” Macaskill said, “a properly monitored wind farm will always improve availability and will achieve 100 percent operating efficiency.” But proper monitoring requires the assimilation and interpretation of data . “Owner-operators are drowning in data,” Macaskill said, because there is so much of it, often in disparate systems. Engineers and analysts may sp...

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