Schneider Electric recently announced the launch of Hub Height Wind forecasting capabilities within their WeatherSentryOnline platform. These forecasting capabilities provide wind speeds, wind gusts, and wind direction forecasts seven days in advance at different heights of turbines.
Turbine-specific forecasts can be generated for any wind-farm location to help identify potential weather risks and impacts on assets. Knowledge of forecasted wind activity will aid wind operators in scheduling proper times for maintenance —specifically, when high winds don’t pose a safety risk for maintenance equipment and personnel.
Improved operations planning saves money and avoids untimely crane rentals and fees. More efficient planning can also help operators maximize output from their wind farm and improve crew safety. If the winds are forecasted to be high, an operator can modify the maintenance schedule for a clearer and safer period based on these forecasts.
Schneider Electric is currently the only vendor in the industry to provide hub height wind displays and alerting in a common browser-based online SAAS platform. This is a complete solution, providing global precision lighting and blade inspection reports.