Sereema tests innovative Windfit software on Global Tech I wind farm

Global Tech I is one of the first offshore wind farms in the world. Set in the North Sea, 140 km from its logistic base in Emden, the farm stretches over 41 km2. 80 turbines are aligned to nominally produce 5 MW, for a total capacity of 400 MW. 445000 households should be powered up thanks to this environmentally friendly wind energy.

Global Tech I is looking to further optimize the performance of its turbines. Using Windfit’s service, they’ll provide rotor balance monitoring, performance balance monitoring, yaw performance analyzer and intelligent evaluation of the collected data.

Sereema’s proud to partner with the German company and embark upon this journey. Five turbines have been equipped with Windfit to begin with. Global Tech I will be the first company to evaluate Windfit solution on an offshore wind farm for a whole year. Windfit will provide its usual services of rotor balance monitoring, performance balance monitoring, yaw performance analyzer and intelligent evaluation of the collected data.

Through a long-term monitoring strategy, wake effects and strain should be more effectively detected and eventually corrected. In combining Windfit data analysis with its own existing SCADA data, Global Tech I is thus looking to detect and realize further possible performance optimization and potential.

Jerome Imbert, Sereema’s CEO, welcomes this partnership as “it will be Sereema’s first time working offshore. Sereema’s also very proud to enter the German market with Global Tech I. This new challenge is thrilling for us and we are confident that both our companies will gain valuable insight”.

Embedded sensors associated with algorithms Thanks to Sereema’s technology, the Windfit box measures the turbine’s activity at sea, automatically transferring the collected data to a cloud server, for a continuous analysis run through dedicated algorithms. Results give an understanding of the turbine’s performance and may lead to more effective settings so as to further optimize the farm’s energy output.

Jonas Beseler, Asset Manager WEC at Global Tech I, comments the test project: “It is part of our corporate culture to trust and implement innovative solutions. Global Tech I and Sereema share the ability to work with data to gain advanced insight into wind farm operation and production optimization.”

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