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A project to develop and demonstrate a monitoring system, which could reduce the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms, has been launched by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

The £5 million condition monitoring project is being led by Insensys in partnership with EDF Energy, E.ON, Romax Technology, SeeByte and Strathclyde University. The consortium will develop and demonstrate systems to monitor the condition and performance of turbines and predict future maintenance requirements for key components so they can be corrected before expensive damage occurs. Systems will be installed on onshore wind turbines and tested for 18 months with a further year of tests planned for offshore wind turbines. It is estimated that increased output, through reduced downtime, and reduced maintenance costs, could result in a benefit of up to £50,000 per turbine, per year.
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