TurbinePhD’s powerful automated analysis classifies the health of all turbine drivetrain components, so users don’t have to be vibration experts to get actionable information (photo: RNRG)
Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG) has announced that the site-wide installation of its TurbinePhD condition monitoring systems has been completed at the 21 MW Grant County Wind Farm in Minnesota, USA.
Originally constructed in 2010 and owned by Aspenall Energies, the project is composed of ten 2.1MW Suzlon S88 wind turbines. Suzlon, who delivers the long term service agreement for operations and maintenance, has installed the CMS systems across the entire site and will perform the ensuing monitoring work.
TurbinePhD will enable Suzlon to execute elements of predictive maintenance at Grant County, to fix or replace components at the right time, thus avoiding down time due to unexpected major component failures. RNRG, who designs and manufactures TurbinePhD, will provide on-going technical support to Suzlon and Aspenall.
John Ugland, RNRG Technical Account Manager, commented: “It’s a remote site, located at a two hour drive from the Suzlon service centre, and depending on weather conditions, it can be completely inaccessible for major servicing. That’s why having TurbinePhD in place is so important. It will offer the means to deliver the proactive maintenance planning that is needed. We are thankful to Suzlon for the trust they placed in us with this first complete collaborative project, and we very much look forward to strengthening our long term relationship with them.”
The TurbinePhD installed at Grant County is an automated vibration-based solution designed to equip operators with a cost-effective and easy-to-use drivetrain condition monitoring system. It provides timely diagnosis of asset health, before secondary damage is caused, so that the corrective action required is less expensive than running the asset to failure.