Renewables tech venture Visualwind has teamed up with operations and maintenance specialists DC21 and Boston Renewables to launch a bespoke monitoring and control solution for Endurance E-series turbines.
The service, known as WindSync for Endurance (WiSE) enables turbine owners and operators to monitor and control their turbines remotely and from site. WiSE is immediately available to customers of DC21 and Boston Renewables, and will also be available to the wider market in early 2017.
Since the bankruptcy of Endurance Wind Power last month, farmers and operators of the UK’s 900 Endurance turbines have faced uncertainty about how they will continue to monitor and control their turbines. Until now, monitoring and control of turbines has been exclusively available through Endurance’s Eric platform. But with Endurance in administration, the future of the Eric service is highly uncertain.
WindSync for Endurance runs fully independently of existing infrastructure, and simply requires an internet connection. Remote access is made available through a highly reliable VPN connection to WindSync hardware installed in the turbine cabinet. This device can also be accessed from the base of the turbine, and communicates directly with the PLC. Users have access to all the key E-series functions including unlock/locking of turbines, braking analysis, manual mode operation and clearing of alarms, but the user interface also brings big-data analysis tools from the world of big wind, such as automated downtime analysis, performance and health analysis, and advanced power curve analysis.
Managing Director of Boston Renewables John Hudson said, “Our priority is ensuring that we continue to offer a first class service for our turbine owners. A robust monitoring and control solution is a key part of this, alongside securing a robust spare part supply chain.”
Business Manager Matthew Tidmarsh at DC21 added, “WindSync for Endurance enables us to monitor and control our turbines from anywhere, regardless of what happens with ERIC. We have been very impressed with the reliability of the VPN and for the first time we can provide in-depth performance analysis for our clients.”
Operations Director Peter Longbottom explained how the product came about, “For some time, we have wanted to bring the benefits of WindSync to the small wind market. When DC21 and Boston Renewables approached us earlier this year it was an immediate fit and WindSync for Endurance was born. Their experience with Endurance turbines has been vital for shaping the detailed functionality of the service.”
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