With the significant role sensor technology plays, the process of wind turbine maintenance is becoming more easy and manageable.

FREMONT, CA: The use of sensor technology in power plants to automatically monitor systems has become a modern industry standard. Although wind power is not unique in the use of sensor technology, the value of sensors may be more central to operate wind power projects efficiently.

Wind farms need accurate data about turbines and other essential components that can be provided only by sensors linked together. Current sensors used in wind turbines can detect changes in the electric current generated. These sensors also measure how the turbine shaft rotates inside its housing. Current sensors are also deployed to measure the turning effects caused by vibration, wind loads, and avoid degradation of structural integrity.

In a typical wind turbine, vital actions are managed through a series of pressure sensors to ensure secure and efficient operation. To optimize the productivity of wind turbines, their power output must be maximized at any given wind speed. Pressure sensors play a crucial role in ensuring swift changes in the pitch of the blades if the wind speed rises above the capacity to avoid any potential damage. Proactive monitoring based on precision sensor technology has also begun in the production process of wind turbines. Therefore, it is possible to intervene before the parts fail or turbines start to wear out. Besides, the trends and changes in measurement data can be analyzed and evaluated for conducting preventive maintenance.

In an industry where every dollar spent is vital, utilizing sensor technology can make a significant difference in wind project operations.