Remote Site Monitoring Expands Reach to Global Proportions

Industry veterans Gamesa and Iberdrola align to facilitate distance-based wind farm management tool

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Gamesa and the Iberdrola Group, through its engineering and construction subsidiary, have launched a wind sector-pioneering system which enables the remote management, using a single interface, of any make of wind turbine, anywhere in the world.

Leveraging both firms’ know-how and experience in the wind sector, this new system, called WindCORE® + WindOne®, enables operators to control and monitor this class of renewable facilities from a distance, analyze their operating data and generate reports with a view to optimising their electricity output.

This tool developed jointly by Gamesa and Iberdrola has become an indispensable tool for supervising, in real time and from a single control center, the multiple variables which can affect a wind farm’s operations, from wind speed at each turbine to their temperature, intensity, and production. Analysis of these variables feeds the development of predictive models which in turn facilitate operations and maintenance work.

In addition, the WindCORE® + WindOne® system is capable of operating, using a single interface, turbines made by any manufacturer, doing away with the need for a different software programme for each technology brand, as is the case with most of the systems being used at present.

“Gamesa operates over 400 wind farms worldwide from its control center in Sarriguren (Navarra). With over 10,000 MW in operation, and reinforced by Iberdrola’s know-how, we want to offer this value-added tool to our customers so that they can get the most out of their wind farms by operating them to the highest performance specifications”, said Fernando Valldeperes, director of services sales & marketing at Gamesa.

“The versatility of WindCORE® + WindOne®, the result of a collaborative development between two of the sector’s leaders, will pave the way for its implementation in any environment while respecting each customer’s proprietary communications network infrastructure and management tools,” said Iberdrola’s Javier Ontañon Ruiz.