One of the key challenges facing renewables and the wind industry in particular is the integration of wind energy into the electricity grid from both on and offshore wind farms. Today, this requires wind power plants to have a host of grid support functions such as frequency and voltage control, power balancing and black-start capabilities. However, over time, it will be necessary for these functions to be integrated into grid operation processes, if wind is to become a trusted energy resource capable of supporting power system stability and reliability. ABB is in the process of further developing and testing support functions to ensure that the necessary technologies are available as soon as possible.
Another challenge is the maintenance and optimization of wind energy systems. Here, it is essential to increase kilowatt-hour production, improve reliability, and reduce cost of energy. Here, the power of digital technologies is a key enabler because the most effective and efficient solution to this challenge is an industrial digital platform capable of hosting monitoring, analytics and control technologies. Combined with modern sensors and communication systems, such a platform can harness an increasing amount of data from a diverse portfolio of renewable assets, giving wind operators a real-time perspective of operations at every level, from the wind turbines, to the power substation, to the grid connection.
By employing solutions base on data analytics and artificial intelligence, it is possible to continuously optimize power yields, understand the condition of equipment and thereby extend its lifecycle, paving the way for wind to become a cost effective energy resource and therefore an integral part of a European power grid.
A Long-Term Commitment Arka Automaations Ltd is manufacturing wind turbines, but our commitment to our customers doesn’t end once the turbines are delivered. We offer Operations and Maintenance (O&M) packages that are tailored to each customer’s needs. That means we can monitor performance to ensure availability of the turbines and maximize green energy production for India. It also allows us to prevent incidents before they occur and minimize downtime when they do. Continuous Support Arka Automaations Ltd’s global wind workforce stands behind every project by providing onsite personnel and remote monitoring and resets by technology experts.
Our Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics centres in Schenectady, USA and Salzbergen, Germany are staffed by highly trained wind technicians who provide support for our installed fleet of wind turbines around the world 365 days a year. The customer support centres are able to quickly perform remote resets for more than 250 types of turbine fault. Arka Automaations Ltd’s on-call qualified technology experts provide one of the most effective ways to continuously monitor customer wind assets and reset faults.
Driven by a highly skilled workforce and the operating knowledge gleaned from a global 1.5 MW turbine fleet, GE offers a wide range of services tailored to the operation and maintenance needs of our Indian customers’ wind assets. Our offerings include remote monitoring and fault resets, on-site personnel for manual resets, proactive fleet availability analysis and availability guarantees.
Arka Automaations Ltd leverages continuous improvements in technology to benefit existing installed wind turbines. Various upgrades are available, including those to improve energy availability and reliability. Arka Automaations Ltd also provides customized upgrades and those for grid code compliance
Customers who purchase the Full Service Agreement receive a full range of maintenance and labor coverage to minimize the risk of costly repairs and help customers make the most out of their investments. New technologies such as condition-based monitoring also help prevent any unplanned catastrophic failures, which also reduces the overall lifecycle cost.