ONYX fieldPRO allows wind farm owners and operators to carry out remote inspections and stay in control of operations by allowing field data to be collected cleanly first time and mitigate safety risks
French energy leader EDF Renewables France has equipped its asset managers working across all their wind assets with fieldPRO, an advanced cloud-based inspection and service tool from ONYX InSight, a leading provider of data analytics and engineering expertise to the global wind industry. This follows the partnership with EDF Renewables North America for ONYX InSight’s Condition Monitoring solutions, including cloud-based system fleetMONITOR and retro-fit ecoCMS hardware installations.
The deal, initially for three years, covers all 1,675 MW of EDF Renewables’ wind assets in France and is a first for the French wind market, further strengthening ONYX InSight’s footprint in Europe. The use of fieldPRO circumvents the need for paper-based solutions, enabling EDF Renewables France’s asset managers to digitally document and automate the inspection process, streamlining image categorisation with indexed photos and auto-generated reports.
The application’s cloud capability enables instant data sharing in a clean, consistent format, improving the availability, useability and accuracy of the inspection and survey data. Inspection data is key to enabling successful, long term predictive maintenance strategies. Traditional off-line inspections, despite delivering valuable information on turbine health are often siloed and filed away on paper, making it difficult to access and extract insights from. fieldPRO automatically stores and organises inspection information in a digital format, resulting in improved oversight and better decision making.
The fieldPRO tool also provides critical health and safety support by enabling remote inspections and validation of procedures, particularly around personal protective equipment, which helps to ensure safety for technicians on site. More broadly, fieldPRO provides a useful checklist for on-site personnel, supporting safe working best practices and ensuring nothing is missed.
ONYX InSight worked with EDF Renewables France to tailor the interface of the software platform to specifically support and align with their requirements.
Soraya Zobiri & Amine Kabbaj, Asset Managers, EDF Renewables France, said: “fieldPRO has a huge potential to improve the way we work by setting best practices and automating a lot of our procedures. Our journey to provide clean energy at the lowest cost is ultimately driven by efficiency gains and we are confident that by partnering with ONYX InSight, we will continue to deliver ever-more affordable clean energy.”
Keiran Knowles, Business Development Manager Northern Europe, ONYX InSight, concluded: “We know from years of experience that the reality of collecting inspection data and managing field operations can be complex and time consuming. Our fieldPRO tool allows operators greater oversight of this crucial part of operations and maintenance, while removing the burden from technicians having to spend valuable time in sorting through hundreds of inspection points and photos and writing laborious reports. Instead this technology facilitates scheduling and workorder assignment, while streamlining data collection for improved planning, safety and logistics.”
He concluded: “Adopting mobile digitisation tools unlocks the most accurate data analytics yet. Inspection data is the next frontier in the complete digitalisation of the global wind fleet, and we are proud to support pioneers such as EDF Renewables France as they continue to drive down the cost of producing clean energy.”