Pattern Energy Group LP has established a new 24/7 Operations Control Center in Houston. The new facility was developed to actively monitor, coordinate and direct the operation of Pattern's growing portfolio of wind energy projects 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The center employs a team of skilled wind operators that constantly monitors and controls all aspects of the wind turbines at Pattern's projects, from wind speed and energy output to oil levels, according to the company.
The operations team in Houston coordinates closely with the on-site operators and maintenance teams at each wind project and is currently monitoring more than 220 wind turbines across North America.
Designed and developed by Pattern, the 24/7 center utilizes computer systems, proprietary software and skilled personnel. A video wall, measuring 6 ft. by 20 ft., displays up to 32 separate video sources with live images.
The advanced computer systems process and store a complex array of technical data from each project and also perform project statistical reporting and advanced analytics. In addition, mission-critical software analyzes performance against key performance indicators that provide turbine, substation, meteorological, maintenance, regulatory, and safety data, while alerting technicians of any changes in the performance of any aspect of the wind farm.
The center also acts as the central nervous system of Pattern's operations to perform scheduling, market notifications and communications, both inside and outside of Pattern Energy.
The facility is now monitoring and controlling its wind projects in operation, including its 283.2 MW Gulf Wind project in Texas, the 101.2 MW Hatchet Ridge Wind project in California and the 138 MW St. Joseph Wind project in Manitoba, which has begun generating power while in the final phase of construction.
SOURCE: Pattern Energy