Wind turbines are costly systems which make use of a great deal of technology in order to transform the energy from the wind into electric energy. Since green certificates provided by governments were shut down the need for reducing extra costs was increased in all areas, including of course, maintenance. Whereas the current trend is to use vibration monitoring systems to assess the health status of the turbine, other techniques as wear debris monitoring or SCADA-based predictive tools should not be underestimated. Furthermore, each of these techniques have their own strengths. And while by separate each of them provide value, combining them will provide the best results.
Hugo Fanlo Virgós is an Analyst at Performance Management department in EDP Renewables since 2015, where he designs, develops and makes use of different tools aimed at improving the power generation of wind turbines. Graduated from the University of Oviedo in 2004, with a master degree in Chemistry and a PhD from the University of Groningen, he is currently interested in predictive maintenance including software-based condition monitoring tools, vibration monitoring and oil analysis.