Acciona Energia has reached an agreement with industrial software firm Sentient Science to extend the working life of the manufacturer’s global wind turbine fleet.
The agreement, signed at the WindEnergy Hamburg fair, covers the possible use and validation by Acciona of Sentient’s DigitalClone Live technology to anticipate possible failures in key components of wind turbines years before they occur. In turn, Acciona says it will be able to create operations and maintenance strategies that will lower the cost of energy.
Sentient Science’s simulation technology creates digital clones of each turbine model and is able to predict the risk of current and future failure of the main components and their expected working life, based on operational data provided by the wind power operator.
“This represents a big step forward in our Turbine for Life program to obtain the maximum performance from our turbines and be ever more competitive,” said Rafael Mateo, CEO of Acciona Energia.
The document signed today is for long-term collaboration following phase one, which the companies began in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Acciona Energia operates over 9,000 MW of global wind power capacity, which is either owned by the company or installed for third parties.