O&M crews work hard making sure wind turbines hit the 20-year mark as profitable machines. As they close in on that birthday, it may be necessary to curb their power outputs, although some cases allow boosting it a bit. But how do the changes affect reliability and what its return on investment?
Stephen Steen at Sentient Science (sentientscience.com) says the company has a way to predict that figure and more. The company got its start with U.S. military by assembling a huge database of aircraft bearing histories. That information applies just as well to bearings in wind turbines. Now, coupling the database with clever company developed algorithms let’s their system predict outcomes and calculate ROIs for many turbine adjustments, such as adding vortex generators.
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