Energy company Vattenfall have selected data acquisition system (DAQ) manufacturer Dewesoft to provide the tower monitoring solution at what is slated to become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm will be located 18 to 36 kilometers off the coast of The Netherlands, near The Hague and Zandvoort. When fully operational, its 140 turbines will have a combined capacity of 1.5 Gigawatt.
IOLITE series 3-axis MEMS-based accelerometers and IOLITE series strain gage modules will be distributed along the entire height of the towers, providing continuous measurements of acceleration, inclination, velocity, strain and temperature.
IOLITE modules are easily mounted and daisy-chained even over large distances using the EtherCAT interface. The data will be stored in a database and sent to the Vattenfall control room for analysis and interpretation. Constant monitoring allows predictive maintenance to be performed, minimising down-time. Preventing failures is the best way to keep the green energy-creating wind turbines operating at the highest possible efficiency.
Dewesoft are a leading manufacturer of data acquisition (DAQ) and analysis solutions. Based in Slovenia, the company provides integrated software and hardware for test, measurement, and monitoring.
Vattenfall are one of Europe’s largest producers and retailers of electricity and heat. Based in Sweden, the company supplies energy for transportation, industries, and homes.