Poseidon Systems, LLC has completed the delivery and commissioning of 362 metallic wear debris monitoring systems for Vestas V82 wind turbines operating in the United States. The systems are now providing real-time gearbox monitoring capabilities, alerting the customer to faults in their earliest stages.
For this deployment, Poseidon collaborated with Brüel & Kjær Vibro (BKV) to provide the customer with an integrated wear debris and vibration monitoring solution. The resulting system leveraged the strengths of both technologies to provide unparalleled wind turbine gearbox monitoring capabilities.
This deployment is a direct result of a technology demonstration co-funded by Poseidon Systems and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). As part of this demonstration, Poseidon demonstrated gearbox monitoring systems on Vestas turbines at a wind farm in Upstate New York. Based on the success of this demonstration, the site owner elected to include metallic wear debris monitoring as part of future condition monitoring system deployments.
“We are extremely grateful for the support NYSERDA has provided in helping Poseidon demonstrate the benefits of our technology for wind turbine gearbox monitoring,” said Ryan Brewer, Vice President of Engineering. “This joint Poseidon-BKV deployment is a culmination of these efforts and will provide the end user with the ability to minimize their wind turbine maintenance costs and maximize uptime.”
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Governor Cuomo has made supporting emerging cleantech companies a priority and we can see the results of these efforts in companies like Poseidon Systems. This is a true success story for Poseidon Systems, the industry, New York and the environment.”
Metallic wear debris monitors are key components in an effective gearbox condition monitoring solution. Proprietary data analysis and remote monitoring of the sensors by Poseidon Systems allows customers to identify issues early and minimize unscheduled outages and repair costs. A scheduled maintenance event can eliminate weeks of downtime and associated lost revenue when compared to an unplanned maintenance event. Furthermore, by providing a real-time assessment of fault severity the technology can be used to safely extend gearbox life until repairs can be made.