When Mita-Teknik, the Danish high-tech supplier for the wind industry, joins the WindEnergy exhibition in Hamburg from September 25 to 28 it will present its new 6th generation multi-brand surveillance system: the MiScout 5.
The new SCADA system is more user-friendly, faster, and more efficient than previous versions and far more sophisticated than competing systems. The MiScout 5 is developed by the company’s software specialists in Ukraine and Denmark, and can be used in over 250 wind turbine models, monitoring all available data to reduce maintenance costs. The system is designed to optimize operations and increase profit for wind-farm owners.
For owners of Siemens 2.3 and 3.6-MW turbines, there are special advantages due to the system’s capability of providing complete access to more than 10,000 variables when compared to the average of 30 to 40 in other systems. It also offers the ability to provide unlimited web-based remote terminals et cetera.
“In this version, we have focused on bringing increased value to our customers,” explains Kristian Kjærholm, VP Business Development & Product Management in Mita-Teknik A/S. “During the process we have interviewed a large group of both minor and major players to learn about their past experiences with our and other systems. We have also asked what would bring them added value and what their future requirements would be for interfaces, functions, dashboards and so on.”
The interviews were an eye-opener. Mita-Teknik discovered, among others, that the users experienced hard-to-use interfaces and long response times with many other systems. The usability and speed have, therefore, been prioritized. MiScout 5, which is a fully web-based solution on both Linux and Windows-platforms, is approximately 50% faster than its predecessor and the interface has been designed to minimize the number of clicks needed to complete a task.
“We estimate that our new approach will save the turbine owners and service companies a great amount of time and costs. It is very expensive to dispatch service teams to an offshore wind turbine, so if you are able to skip one or more trips by having full access to the data it will achieve significant savings,” says Kjærholm.
He adds: “It might happen that a technician on a service visit has set the parameters wrongly or forgot to reset them to standard after e.g. testing. This is now fully visible and can be remotely adjusted. However, there are also great opportunities for optimizing the output. 28 out of 30 turbines in a park might run perfectly, but the last two are not performing as they should, you can with the new system easily check whether the two are adjusted like the others or not.”
MiScout 5 is also available on mobile devices, so you can monitor your wind turbines from a smartphone. It even has incorporated a push-alarm, which will notify about status, stops and unhealthy situations for the turbines.