Renewable NRG Systems, a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the renewable energy industry, has attained DNV GL certification for its TurbinePhD vibration-based wind turbine condition monitoring system (CMS).
‘This certification acknowledges that TurbinePhD is a proven option for wind turbine condition monitoring,’ says Brogan Morton, product manager at Renewable NRG Systems. ‘By using a certified CMS such as TurbinePhD, wind farm owners can detect gearbox issues before they cause significant damage – reducing costly maintenance and downtime."
According to Renewable NRG Systems, TurbinePhD provides mechanical diagnostic coverage of the turbine drivetrain and uses an automated fault detection architecture. DNV GL says its guidelines establish a basis for the development and installation of CMS in wind turbines. They also provide rules for the interpretation of vibration data and the storage of turbine health data, as well as a process to determine when critical values are exceeded, creating an alert.
"Given the increasing interest in condition monitoring, prospective users need a standard that they can follow to make an initial evaluation of systems," says Karl Steingrover at DNV GL. "Turbine manufacturers, operators of wind turbines and insurance companies use our certification as an assurance that the CMS meets a high level of quality."