Wood, which delivers comprehensive services to support companies throughout the lifecycle of their assets, provided TerraForm Power with power-performance testing (PPT) at South Plains I Wind Farm. The 200-MW site is located near Lockney, Texas, and comprises of 100 of Vestas’ V100 wind-turbine generators (WTGs).
“Wind-farm owners should have complete confidence in the performance of their wind-turbine assets, and we are happy to have provided TerraForm with this reassurance,” said Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business.
Wood was appointed to undertake power-performance testing as part of TerraForm Power’s standard process of verifying the WTG power curve guarantee on a subset of its wind turbine generators.
“By using PPT we can compare the actual power curve for a wind turbine to the warranted power curve provided by the wind turbine manufacturer to identify and correct any sources of underperformance,” explained MacDonald.
As part of the scope of work, Wood’s engineers and consultants designed and installed state-of-the-art calibrated power performance monitoring systems in the six WTGs and filtered and analyzed the data from the WTGs and the met masts to assess the performance.
MacDonald added: “Wood’s clean energy business is a MEASNET member for power performance testing services, is accredited to ISO 17025, and is a recognized testing lab by IECRE to undertake power curve tests on wind turbines. These qualifications underpin our significant track record of performing successful power curve tests on a wide range of wind turbine models. It also ensures that our tests are fully recognized by wind turbine manufacturers and project owners.”
Wood delivers engineering, and technical services to energy and industrial markets and operates in more than 60 countries.