Dewesoft to Monitor the World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm
The energy company Vattenfall has selected Dewesoft to provide the tower monitoring solution at what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
The system will perform predictive maintenance on the towers of the wind turbines. The aim is to keep the wind turbines operating at the highest possible level by preventing failures.
The wind farm, Hollandse Kust Zuid, will be located 18 to 36 kilometers off the coast of the Netherlands near The Hague and Zandvoort. When fully operational, the 140 turbines have a combined capacity of 1.5 Gigawatt.
The monitoring system will be composed of sensors distributed along with the height of the towers providing acceleration, inclination, and velocity measurements.
The advantage of the Dewesoft monitoring solution lies in an integrated 3-axial accelerometer and data acquisition device, offering distributed monitoring and easy on-site installation of the devices due to the Ethercat daisy chain option and the standardized interface, RJ45. The data will be stored in a database and sent to the Vattenfall control room for analysis and interpretation. Based on that, maintenance actions will be planned.