Nor-Cal Controls Energy Solutions has released a new product that will reduce maintenance and costs for wind-project owners and operators.
The WindBridge signal converter is an innovative smart device configured to allow newer technology sensors to integrate seamlessly into an existing wind-turbine control platform, no matter the age, type, or communication characteristics of the Controller/ PLC.
Nor-Cal Controls partnered with Lufft, manufacturer of the VENTUS ultrasonic wind sensor, to provide a turnkey wind-sensor replacement solution that’s resistant to the elements as well as time.
The need for a device like this arose from discussions with countless wind-turbine operators and owners. Wind sensors are required for each wind turbine installed to correctly point the turbine into the wind. The correct alignment provides for optimal performance of the turbine and acts as a safety measure.
As the mechanical sensors age, they often need replacing. Not only are such wind sensors prone to repair and replacement, but they also require regular calibrations, costing time and money. Often owners are not able to choose a sensor appropriate to their installation because of the limitations of communication with the PLC. The WindBridge removes these barriers.
Traditional wind sensors can be liable to mechanical break down and require periodic repair and/or replacement. This is because of moving mechanicals parts such in traditional cups and vanes. Mechanical parts that are exposed to the elements can accumulate rust, scale or other substances that can impede movement. In cold climates ice or rime is likely to build up on a sensor causing breakdown or highly inaccurate readings.
The WindBridge solution combines the intelligence of a specially configured device with the reliability of the VENTUS wind sensor. The result is a wind-sensing system that is a direct replacement to older, end-of-life sensors, providing the end user with a highly accurate, maintenance-free system that will exceed previous operable lifetimes of older technology sensors.
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