Development of an intelligent condition monitoring system for application on critical rotating components of industrial-scale wind turbines
Operation and maintenance costs constitute a sizeable share of the total annual costs of a wind turbine. For a new machine, operation and maintenance costs might easily have an average share over the lifetime of a turbine of more than 30 per cent of the total levellised cost per kWh produced. Therefore, operation and maintenance costs are increasingly attracting the attention of manufacturers seeking to develop new designs requiring fewer regular service visits and less out-time.
IntelWind seeks to largely decrease the number of failures of critical rotating components in wind turbines and minimise the need for corrective maintenance by developing and successfully implementing an intelligent condition monitoring system based on the integration of acoustic emission, vibration analysis, torque sensing and oil analysis techniques.
The IntelWind consortium intends to contribute profoundly to the improvement of reliability within the wind power generation industry by delivering the technology required to substantially reduce unexpected wind turbine failures and unnecessary costs that result from them.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 283277.