Bachmann to supply condition monitoring systems to biggest Swiss wind farm

Juvent SA, the biggest Swiss wind farm, will rely on condition monitoring systems from Bachmann for intelligent turbine automation.

Bachmann Monitoring GmbH, experts for condition monitoring systems (CMS), was awarded the contract in November following a call for tenders by JUVENT SA and its main shareholder, the BKW Group. The internationally active energy and infrastructure enterprise has chosen Bachmann to equip the biggest Swiss wind farm JUVENT with the Omega Guard CMS. The wind farm is situated on the heights of Mont Crosin and Mont Soleil in the Bernese Jura, and is comprised of 16 Vestas V90 and V112 wind turbines.

Everything under control from afar

The wind farm is situated on the heights of Mont Crosin and Mont Soleil in the Bernese Jura, and is comprised of 16 Vestas V90 and V112 wind turbines.

“We will already begin to deliver and install our CMS in the 1,200-metre altitude wind farm this year”, announced a delighted Holger Fritsch, managing director of Bachmann Monitoring GmbH. Considering the approaching winter, this is a challenge in terms of logistics and time, but one that he and his team are more than willing to take on. The data from all the rotating power transmission components – main bearing, generator and gears – will be constantly diagnosed by means of the web-based system. This means that it will be possible to plan repairs for each and every one of the 16 turbines that were put into operation between 2010 and 2016 in good time. This not only saves money for service team logistics but also prevents long downtimes and the possibility that minor defects can turn into very expensive consequential damages. “We particularly like the collaborative partnership because it means that in future we can also manage all the data ourselves”, says Johannes Vogel, managing director of JUVENT SA.

Tested and found to be good

A strategic partnership has also recently been agreed in Germany between Berlin-based BKW Wind Service GmbH and Bachmann Monitoring. After an extensive test of the CMS, BKW Deutschland decided to embark on a path to establishing health monitoring for its wind turbines together with Bachmann Monitoring. BKW’s German operation currently operates ten wind farms. The test phase saw its wind farm in Bockelwitz, Saxony, equipped with the Bachmann CMS. Other wind farms will follow

The BKW Group is an internationally operating energy and infrastructure business based in Bern, Switzerland, with over 6,000 employees. Its network of firms and skills provide comprehensive overall solutions. It plans, builds and operates energy production and supply infrastructures for businesses, private clients and the public sector, providing digital business models for renewables. The BKW Group’s portfolio now ranges from planning and engineering consulting for energy, infrastructure and environmental projects, to integrated solutions for building technology and the construction, servicing and maintenance of energy, telecommunication, transport and water distribution networks.

Bachmann Monitoring GmbH develops and markets online measuring systems for the worldwide, permanent, condition-oriented maintenance of decentralized plants such as wind turbines and ships. As part of a comprehensive service concept, these manufacturers and type independent condition monitoring systems significantly increase the security of investment in the wind turbines. Bachmann has to date equipped more than 9,000 wind turbines from over 27 different manufacturers and 79 different types ranging from 600 kW to 8 MW worldwide with its CM technology, both on land and offshore. Bachmann Monitoring GmbH currently monitors c. 4,500 of these CMS in its own certified remote monitoring center.

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