Glasgow, Scotland-based Macom Technologies is supplying TechAlert 10 sensors to Clipper Windpower, a wind turbine manufacturer and developer based Carpinteria, Calif., to monitor performance of wind turbines that will be deployed in the U.S. over the next two years.
‘The deal helps establish Macom as a prime player in the wind energy sector as suppliers of specialized but critically-important wear debris, condition monitoring equipment,’ says Macom's director Ashraf Mabrouk. ‘Our application can be used to monitor debris damage within any machinery with rotating components that uses an oil cooling system and has proven exceptionally suited for wind turbines because of the extraordinary stresses they come under, the remoteness of their locations and the cost of repair.’
According to Jim Dehlsen of Clipper Windpower, the company sees further opportunities to develop business with other Scottish companies.
‘Our aim is to draw on the most advanced technology available as exemplified with the Macom sensors for our Liberty turbines,’ says Dehlsen. ‘Scotland's leadership in driving forward technologies in support of wind energy's global expansion offers the potential of increased Scottish economic development, including new supply opportunities and associated jobs.’
SOURCE: Clipper Windpower, Government of Scotland