Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring
Wind as a resource may be free but wind turbines require an effective operations and maintenance schedule. Condition monitoring systems (CMS) have been widely used in the industrial and transport industries for decades. CMS technology has entered the wind industry in the past ten years especially. Site location onshore or offshore may for example require a CMS solution due to access difficulties.
What is CMS
CMS’ monitor asset condition(s) to provide a fault detection system. In many cases a more detailed monitoring of the wind turbine drivetrain, such as vibration and oil condition analysis, is missing. A good condition monitoring system brings added value by addressing potential faults early. A great condition monitoring system can differentiate false alarms, operate reliably in stand-alone mode, and provide on-point information on the real drivetrain condition, enabling reliable operation.
Winergy CMaS© Evolution smart service solution is the only CMS developed purely by a wind turbine gearbox manufacturer to address these issues. Winergy CMaS© Evolution enables wind farm operators to reduce their O&M costs by predicting failures, giving useful lifetime estimates, and avoiding catastrophic failures and unnecessary operations, thus minimizing production losses.
Benefits of CMS
CMS enables the detection of operating conditions that, if left unchecked, result in shortening the lifespan of the wind turbine drivetrain, its individual components, and develop into a major failure. CMS’ have proven their worth repeatedly as a part of cost-efficient and effective wind turbine O&M. Preventing even only one gearbox failure can repay the entire system, in addition to optimizing O&M scheduling. A condition monitoring system also enables the monitoring of the wind turbine while in operation, instead of shutting it down for a day to conduct inspections.
Whether you have anywhere from tens to thousands of turbines in your portfolio, a robust and adaptable condition monitoring system can be the difference between unplanned and planned maintenance. A great CMS, such as CMaS© Evolution, can save you from the unexpected renewal of key components and help you plan your O&M.
Winergy CMaS Evolution
Winergy is the only wind turbine drivetrain provider with an in-house developed CMS - the Winergy Condition Management System (CMaS). Winergy CMaS Evolution moves away from passive monitoring towards an active management approach to full wind turbine drivetrain condition monitoring.
Winergy CMaS Evolution is the result of the joint development and fusion of Moventas and Winergy. Moventas condition monitoring expertise has been combined with the 350GW+ experience of Winergy drivetrain development.
Winergy CMaS Evolution offers hardware independent condition monitoring and managment - making it adaptable to an extremely wide range of use cases. CMaS Evolution is available as both a permanent and portable solution.
Optimizing Wind Turbines with Digital Gearboxes
Digital Gearbox by Winergy increases the efficiency of wind turbine gearboxes. Our gearboxes can be run with optimum torque and rotation rate by digitalizing and analyzing their operating data including real measured torque. As a result, either the power output or the gearbox service life can be increased. The turbine operator is aware in which phase of the product lifecycle his gearboxes are in and is able to optimize the lifetime according to his needs.
- Minimized Levelized Cost of Energy production (LCoE)
- Torque measurement with 99.7% accuracy
- Digital detection and predictive maintenance of gearboxes without being on site
Want to learn how our Digital Gearbox can help you optimize the performance of your wind farm?
The Digital Gearbox is available for High-Speed Gearboxes, the HybridDrive, Drivetrain Systems, and Upgrades and Replacement Gearboxes