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WIND-consult Develops New Tower Clearance Measurement System

Rostock, Germany - In close cooperation WIND-consult GmbH and morewind engineering solutions GmbH have successfully completed the first milestone of the R&D project funded by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the European Union for surveying tower clearance at wind turbines.

According to WIND-consult, after the first phase of the project, the high-speed camera technology, motion capture and machine learning-based image acquisition and evaluation system installed in the nacelle delivers reliable results for the distance between the tower and the blade tip while the turbine is in operation. Beginning the second phase of the project, further algorithm optimisations, the merging of the measured data with operating data and the development of market maturity will be realized.

With increasing rotor diameter, the topic of tower clearance becomes more important than before and thus also for the optimization of the costs of the rotor blades. The successful completion of the R&D project and the rollout are expected in fall of 2019.

Source: IWR Online, Jun 06 2019