Lisboa, 15 February 2019 – Iberwind and ONYX InSight have announced hardware and software upgrades to Iberwind’s Vestas V90 3MW fleet to power predictive maintenance practices and boost profitability of the fleet. Turbine upgrades will include the installation of ONYX InSight’s ecoCMS hardware, which monitors the condition of a turbine’s drive train and their cloud-based fleetMONITOR software, which maps turbine health and provides early failure detection across all assets.
Iberwind has installed 323 wind turbines under management in Portugal, with capacity of 730MW, which equates to around 15% of wind energy in the country. As Iberwind aims to reduce the costs of operating and maintaining these turbines it has looked to leading predictive maintenance technologies to bring efficiencies to the process. Supported by a programme of training and technology transfer from ONYX InSight, Iberwind will build their in-house capacity to monitor the condition of their wind turbines achieving a balanced management of their health through early failure detection.
As owners and operators look to better manage the operational costs of producing energy and pass savings onto customers and investors, improved oversight and understanding of operations and maintenance will be essential. The technologies that underpin predictive maintenance, including hardware, software, and machine learning algorithms will be essential for achieving this.
“Iberwind consistently outperforms for availability and is a forward-thinking adopter of technology for managing assets and driving down the cost of operations and maintenance.” says Ashley Crowther, Global Vice-President, ONYX InSight, “Adopting the right technologies that will enable them to operate in an increasingly digital world will allow Iberwind to better manage operational budgets and improve turbine performance.”
Rui Maia, COO of Iberwind said, “We are constantly searching for ways to optimise the control of wind farms and now we are taking predictive maintenance to the next step. ONYX’s hardware and software solutions allow us to continually refine our approach to monitoring assets and responding with a maintenance and repair plan. By embracing digital technology we are able to take advantage of ONYX’s high levels of service and flexibility to our needs.”
ONYX Insight will be installing ecoCMS, an innovative condition monitoring system that uses Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology to increase coverage of sensors on a turbine’s drivetrain. Triaxial accelerometer sensors monitor vibration as well as turbine rotor balance and all provide a temperature signal. ONYX’s fleetMONITOR will allow Iberwind to study turbine performance across its fleet and provide it with the capacity to eventually monitor all turbines in its multi-brand fleet. In choosing a predictive maintenance supplier, Iberwind conducted a rigorous selection process that evaluated technical and service levels to identify best in class for options in the market.
Speaking on the relationship, Jose Morais, ONYX InSight’s Iberia Manager, said “Iberia is an extremely competitive market, and it is essential for our partners that they are provided with flexible solutions for monitoring their fleets. As we increase our presence in Portugal and Spain, we are pleased to be partnering with a forward-thinking owner such as Iberwind.”