UpWind Solutions, Inc. and Romo Wind, a Danish-Swiss wind turbine optimizer, have entered into a strategic relationship that will make the latter company's patented iSpin technology available to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico for the first time.
The Romo Wind iSpin system uses proven ultrasonic technology to measure wind where it first hits the turbine – directly at the spinner.
As a result, it is able to measure parameters at the nacelle which until now have been difficult or impossible to measure accurately.
Operators gather exact information on the wind conditions in front of the rotor including wind speed, yaw alignment, flow inclination, turbulence, rotor position and temperature. This enables them to check whether their turbines are aligned for the best possible yield. At the same time, the data allows for optimized wind farm management and load reduction, which prolongs the total life of the turbines.
“Romo Wind is a leader in their field and a perfect addition to our technology driven approach to Reliability Centered Maintenance. We’re excited to be working with them and are looking forward to enhancing our O&M Excellence portfolio with their iSpin system,” said Peter Wells, CEO of UpWind Solutions.
Similarly, Jan Nikolaisen, Co-CEO at Romo Wind, said his company is delighted to work with such a well-known and successful partner as UpWind.
"Our experience shows that operators can increase the yield of their wind farm by two percent on average by correcting previously undiscovered yaw misalignments,” Nikolaisen said.
The iSpin solution can be packaged with VG upgrades or O&M agreements, and delivered stand alone. It can provide AEP improvements itself and also verify production improvements from other upgrades.