UpWind Solutions Inc., a California-based operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for wind energy, has signed a contract to install its vortex generator (VG) technology on 300 turbines owned by EDP Renewables (EDPR).
‘Extensive trials on many projects and turbine types over several years have clearly demonstrated the value of vortex generators, and we're proceeding with installation at a number of our projects throughout the U.S.,’ explains Brian Hayes, EDPR's executive vice president of asset operations.
According to UpWind, VGs improve the wind flow characteristics of the blades, enabling them to produce more lift and thereby improve turbine efficiency. The company says a reliable methodology for quantifying efficiency improvements enabled UpWind to provide EDPR a performance guarantee that both organizations are confident the vortex generators will exceed.
UpWind says it partnered with SMART BLADE and 3M to develop a solution that results in a safe, efficient and repeatable installation process with an average one-day installation period per turbine.