A wind turbine’s SCADA system is its nerve centre. This Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition equipment connects individual turbines, the substation and meteorological stations to a central computer, allowing the operator to keep an eye on the behaviour of all the turbines, and the functioning of the whole plant.
If any problems occur, such as turbines stopping, re-starting or failing, the operator can use information recorded in the SCADA system to identify remedial action. The systems also record energy output, error signals and availability of turbines, which can be used as the basis for warranty claims.
“The SCADA system is the most important part of a wind farm – it is the only thing that has to be functioning all the time. Without it, the plant’s operators cannot monitor any problems with the turbine’s components, which means that they can’t support the wind farm owner properly,” explains Jorge López Lanzuela, business developer at Green Eagle Solutions.
Green Eagle has been working with EDP Renováveis on its portfolio of Gamesa turbines in Spain for several years. It has found that Green Eagle provides faster response in analysing the underperformance of the SCADA systems than it experienced through its previous maintenance contract with Gamesa.
“We’re very specialised, we believe that no-one else can give a service with such quality,” Lanzuela says. “You need experts to fix the older SCADA systems, and our team can ensure the availability of the SCADA system, replacement of the hardware equipment, and data integrity.”
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