A leading global wind turbine OEM had been in the business for over 40 years. Its wind turbine fleet numbered in the 600s worldwide. Those turbines had churned out more than 15 million run time hours.
Category: data & analysis
Understanding the guts and inner workings of a wind turbine requires being up to speed on electronics, physics, and mechanics. Depending on how involved a wind farm owner is on day-to-day operations, it may be hard to keep up with the lingo when seeking repairs, components, or pitch systems from wind turbine parts manufacturers.
There was a time not long ago when wind turbine system condition monitoring consisted of someone driving around the towers, truck windows down, listening for sounds of trouble. Other operators might have someone open the doors to check a gauge or even had somebody go up-tower to grab a sample of gearbox oil. Historical monitoring wasn’t a consideration — and it wouldn’t be for a while.