Technical solutions for asset optimisation
Sometimes operational assets need technological improvements to be re-set to their optimum. There are a variety of technical solutions available to most wind projects to better understand the site conditions, but also wind assets’ response to these conditions.
The solutions currently available include remote sensing equipment at ground level, anemometry and monitoring systems installed on turbine nacelles through to cutting edge systems where the turbines themselves can be turned into sensors. Examples include:
- (Ultra)Sonic Anemometers, positioned so the effect of the turbine blade wakes is greatly reduced, increasing measurement accuracy
- SODAR (SOnic Detection And Ranging) is a meteorological instrument used as a wind profiler to measure the scattering of sound waves by atmospheric turbulence
- LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure wind characteristics across variable distance ranges
- Specialist sensors that help turbines sense the environmental conditions and adapt their behaviour and performance according to the conditions they are experiencing.
Choosing the right one is a combination of client requirements and asset conditions – an assessment of these competing requirements will need to be undertaken to help decide.
PEP has experience with all of the above technologies.
As most of these are still at quite an early stage we can assist clients with choosing the right solution and implementing it in such a way as to maximise the benefits.