Detailed lightning analysis can be an effective input to asset management systems to optimize the inspection intervals for wind-turbine blades, as well as appraise damage requiring immediate attention. This can result in performance improvements by reducing turbine downtime and increasing availability.
This has particularly important implications as wind turbines become larger and are located in more access remote areas such as offshore applications.
For early detection and evaluation of lightning strikes, Phoenix Contact offers a Lightning Monitoring System (LM-S). The LM-S detects and analyzes strikes in real-time including the magnitude, duration, number — and other parameters of surge current events caused by lightning strikes.
Phoenix Contact develops and manufactures industrial electrical and electronic technology products that power, protect, connect and automate systems and equipment for a wide range of industries.
The company will be showcasing its LM-S at AWEA’s WINDPOWER 2019, May 20 to 23 in Houston, Texas.