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Harsher Conditions and Larger Turbines Require Enhanced Validation,
Monitoring and Control

ImageEvery day wind energy is being pushed to new limits, both in terms of operating conditions and in terms of size. To meet these challenges turbine designers and wind park developers need new tools to ensure their products will meet goals of operating cost and availability. Recent innovations in fibre-optic load sensing have created such a tool; it will expand the options for advanced monitoring and control of turbines that are pushing the envelope, and will open up possibilities for huge gains in availability and operating cost.

By Rain Byars and Jens-Thomas Wernicke, WindForce GmbH, Germany

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