Confronted by an aging turbine fleet and determined to drive down operating costs, wind project owners are turning to software to optimize the performance of their assets. For owners whose assets encompass multiple wind farms and turbines from several manufacturers, third-party digital solutions simplify and streamline operations and maintenance logistics across projects.
A report released earlier this month by software analytics firm Uptake highlights the opportunity in the space. Uptake is among a growing cohort of companies employing data analytics to optimize wind farm operations. According to research conducted by advisory firm DNV GL that is cited in the report, the U.S. wind fleet’s current availability — that is, the readiness of turbines to generate electricity — sits at 94 percent.
Author: Justin Gerdes