Remote Monitoring is a platform which connects to the control system within wind turbines.
The control system is a programmable logic controller (PLC) at the base of the turbine. The platform connects via a virtual private network (VPN) tunnel using a small piece of hardware, allowing turbine owners to monitor the health and performance of their wind turbine from anywhere in the world, requiring just an internet connection and login.
Data is accessed from a secure application, downloadable on a mobile, tablet device, or web browser.
DC21 have been operating and managing Endurance wind turbines for over 10 years. Before Endurance ceased trading, DC21 had already begun working with VisualWind, an organisation developing software for the renewables energy industry through digital innovation.
With Endurance’s demise came great uncertainty over the future of the Endurance platform, the ability to control the turbines, limited insurance availability, and the security of who may have access to the data from these turbines. DC21 and VisualWind combined their collective skills and experience to develop WindSync for Endurance (WiSE), a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software solution as an alternative to the unreliable remote monitoring system offered by Endurance.
DC21 migrated its entire fleet of Endurance turbines to WiSE within six weeks of Endurance going bankrupt.
WiSE provides a fully independent remote monitoring and control system for Endurance turbines. The newly developed software offers all owners of the Endurance E Series wind turbines with a robust and fully featured alternative to ERIC, the software previously operated by Endurance Windpower. WiSE is used on both Endurance E and X Series and other branded turbines but the monitoring functionality is limited on the X Series. However, it does allow you to create a VPN access for the Mita-Teknik control software.
WiSE has been developed to allow turbines to be monitored, controlled, and operated, completely independently of any third parties.
WiSE allows the user to have 100% of the control features of their Endurance turbine, including manual mode, smart idle and locking
DC21 are constantly monitoring the fleet of Endurance turbines within the normal office working hours of 8.30am-5pm; any issues that may occur within this timeframe are investigated and reacted to within 30 minutes of the Remote Monitoring System alarm being triggered.
Where a problem can be fixed remotely our technicians will often have your turbine back in service before you have even noticed it has shut down.
Our technicians also closely monitor the fleet out of office hours. In the event of a shutdown or technical issue, our technicians will rectify this remotely. If a site needs to be attended, we will contact you to provide the options available to get the turbine back into service.
Our service also includes regular checks on critical systems such as the turbine brakes.
It is crucial to ensure your brakes are in a suitable condition to apply the correct torque whenever a brake event occurs.
Condition monitoring is a useful system that provides information about a turbine’s condition beyond what Remote Monitoring can provide. Whilst Remote Monitoring is very good at telling us when a turbine has failed, Condition Monitoring System (CMS) allows us to identify any emerging issues early on. This enables preventative measures to be put in place, reducing downtime, and minimising repair costs.
The use of CMS allows maintenance to be scheduled and/or other actions to be taken to avoid the effects of failure before it occurs.
Sensors placed within the turbine monitor the vibration levels in the gearbox and shaft bed frame as well as a proximity sensor to check for any movement of the hub itself.
Research has shown that the Endurance turbines are relatively “poor” when it comes to monitoring the health of the turbine. DC21 is pleased to be able to offer an advanced Machine-Health Assessment System (M-HAS) from Turner-ICENI.
Turner ICENI’s Machine-Health Assessment System (M-HAS) collects data from multiple sensors within the wind turbine and processes these in conjunction with SCADA. The results are presented on a user interface which is cloud-based and easily accessible via any device connected to the Internet.
A downloadable PDF can be found below if you would like further information on the Machine-Health Assessment System (M-HAS) we offer:
Please note: M-HAS is adaptable and can be integrated with WiSE. If your current turbine uses WiSE and you would like to add M-HAS please contact DC21 on +44 (0) 1484 702702. We will be happy to assist you further.
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