Emerson partners with Vayu to optimize wind farms with machine learning

  • May 08, 2019
  • Emerson Automation Solutions
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Emerson partners with Vayu to optimize wind farms with machine learning
Emerson partners with Vayu to optimize wind farms with machine learning

May 8, 2019 — Emerson has formed an alliance with Vayu to provide automation technology solutions for wind farm energy optimization in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe. The three-year collaboration combines the power applications and networking capabilities of Emerson’s Ovation automation platform with Vayu’s cloud-computing wind energy optimization technology. Using this approach, Vayu has identified more than $500 million in revenue opportunities from just a fraction of the approximately 450 wind farms in the United States.

The wind power market continues to grow: 53.9 gigawatts were added in 2018, bringing the overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide to 600 gigawatts, according to the World Wind Energy Association. The United States—the second-largest wind power market—added 7.6 gigawatts of capacity last year.

Beyond the additional revenue from megawatt production, the advanced solution from Vayu and Emerson can also help U.S. wind farm owners take advantage of federal production tax credits awarded for increasing electricity output of existing wind turbines.

In traditional wind farms, each turbine is individually optimized. Each creates its own turbulence, or wake, which prevents downwind turbines from receiving full energy from the wind stream, significantly reducing wind energy production. Vayu estimates two-thirds of U.S. wind farms experience reduced capacity due to wind wake. Emerson and Vayu’s solution leverages data and machine learning to enable turbines to work cooperatively, adjusting the side-to-side movement of each turbine based on wind speed, wind direction and other parameters to extract the optimum energy from wind.

Emerson’s Ovation compact controller will communicate data from each turbine’s wind sensor to the Vayu system every 1-2 seconds.

Ovation control technology was designed specifically for renewables and other highly distributed energy applications and can interface with any turbine controller.


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