Vestas introduces new 'supercomputer'

DENMARK: Vestas has switched on a new ‘supercomputer’ designed to increase its ability to monitor turbine performance.

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Vestas said the computer, dubbed ‘Firestorm’ will be used to determine the best position for each individual turbine in a customer’s project.

It will also monitor weather forecasts and predict the output of wind farm operations on an hour to day-ahead basis.

The computer will be operational from this week in Vestas’ Technology R&D, Plant Siting & Forecasting department.

Vestas claims the computer is the 53rd fastest in the world. It said it can make one hundred and fifty trillion calculations per second and consists of 1,222 connected IBM computers, each with 12 cores.

Plant Siting & Forecasting senior specialist Anders Rhod Gregersen said: "The new supercomputer will allow us to make significantly more accurate models to benefit customers. Basically, if you give me the coordinates for your back yard, we can dive into our modelled wind libraries and provide you with precise data on the weather over the past 11 years, thereby predicting future weather and delivering power production prognosis."

In 2010, Vestas launched a weather forecasting iPhone app. Key features include tailored reports to user-selected locations, a 5-day forecast updated every six hours and a feature that calculates in real-time how much energy a V122 3MW wind turbine would generate if installed at your current location.

Last month, Vestas launched a new app that allows customers to access the customer portal for performance monitoring on their iPhones and iPads.

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