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Ping has announced the launch of its Ice Detection System for wind turbine blades. Ping’s Ice Detection System monitors the acoustics from the wind turbine blades to detect early icing, reduce risks and prevent damages.
The company discovered that wind turbine blades have an acoustic signature — if there is ice build-up on the blades then the acoustic signature changes which can be heard by its Ping Monitor. The Ping Monitor is self-contained using solar power and it is attached magnetically to the turbine tower base and once installed, immediately starts measuring the sound generated by the blades as they rotate. Data is simultaneously transmitted to the cloud which can be reviewed and analysed in near real-time from any device remotely by wind turbine operators. Ping’s Ice Detection System is a software upgrade to the standard Ping system which continuously monitors blade damage.
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