IoT has a huge role to play in the wind energy generation of the future.

FREMONT, CA: Wind offers a clean and renewable energy source and is relatively easy, the wind spins blades attached to a turbine that turns and creates power. Except it's not that simple, as turbines are expensive and complex pieces of need that can include up to 1,000 sensors, actuators, integrating strain gauges, bearing monitors, and power conditioning technology. The turbine can control blade speed and power creation, a sophisticated task demanding several cooperating processors closing high-speed loops and deploying intelligent monitoring and optimization algorithms.

Offshore wind farms are shown to be calm places consisting of hundreds of wind turbines, slowly turning in the breeze. It is a hurdle to combine these turbines with working together in these hard to reach places out at sea. Vital to achieving this could be hidden in the advances in information and communication technologies, like the internet. IoT is an interconnection through the internet of computing devices embedded in objects.

It extends the current internet connectivity beyond standard devices to any range of conventionally non-internet-allowed devices to enable them to communicate and interact – it also lets them be remotely monitored and controlled. Internet Of Things (IoT) could be useful, as it could be deployed to monitor and regulate the operation of infrastructure like offshore wind farms. It can evaluate events or changes in the structural conditions that might impact safety or increase risk, schedule maintenance activities, or enhance incident management and emergency response efforts.

With condition-based maintenance, maintenance is performed only after certain indicators show evidence of decreasing vital components' performance or if an upcoming failure is identified. This strategy enables maintenance to be carried out on an as-needed basis, letting the best planning of activities reducing logistic and material costs while boosting availability. It also enables the costs associated with maintenance to be significantly cut by minimizing the occurrence of serious faults. The IoT can allow a company to monitor its wind turbines and their health, letting it switch to a condition-based maintenance schedule where turbines are repaired on an as-needed basis.

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