DNV GL, an independent energy advisory and certification body, has launched WindGEMINI, an online tool giving wind farm owners and operators advanced insights into turbine condition and performance.
According to DNV GL, the WindGEMINI framework is based on digital twin technology, equipping users with digital copies of their wind turbines. These are continuously updated in real time, making use of the stream of information received from turbines and wind farm sensors, to reflect the real conditions experienced by the turbines on-site.
DNV GL says WindGEMINI gives owners and operators 24/7 access to key metrics and advanced analysis to understand the performance, condition and remaining life of a turbine and its components. This knowledge can be used to optimize servicing and inspections or plan repairs – thus minimizing downtime and lost revenue, as well as informing financial modeling and strategic decision-making.
Able to be used across an entire portfolio, the tool is also compatible with any wind turbine model, the company notes.
“As the wind industry matures, there is constant pressure to reduce costs and increase revenue, and grid operators no longer tolerate downtime and under performance,” says Prajeev Rasiah, executive vice president of DNV GL’s energy business in Northern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “GEMINI is part of DNV GL’s drive towards a more digital future and, as a leading independent advisor to the renewables industry, builds on our expertise of leveraging technology to drive down cost of energy.”