Alstom and Ikerlan-IK4 are using IBM software to develop wind turbine control systems that are expected to significantly improve the performance of sustainable power systems, according to IBM.
The new wind turbines leverage a system of electronic sensors combined with software from IBM to gather input regarding wind direction, speed, temperature and other factors to optimize performance and increase efficiency.
A central control system collects and analyzes data from each turbine to remotely control individual turbine subsystems, perform diagnostics and manage wind farm power generation, according to IBM. Alstom and Ikerlan-IK4 are using IBM software to help develop and automate the ‘system of systems’ that controls the turbines and their interconnected communications systems.
Alstom and Ikerlan-IK4 are also using the Gears Software Product Line Lifecycle Framework from IBM business partner BigLever Software to customize designs in order to accommodate the varying climates and geographies where the wind turbines will operate.