Wind manufacturer to use IBM data analytics software

Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems will use IBM (NYSE: IBM)’s big data analytics software and systems to improve wind turbine placement.

IBM will supply the company’s BigInsights software and Firestorm supercomputer to analyze petabytes of structured and unstructured data such as weather reports, tidal phases, geospatial and sensor data and weather modeling research to pinpoint installation. The analysis, which used to take weeks, can now be done in less than one hour.

Vestas engineers will use the software and supercomputer during siting to predict turbine performance, analyze how each blade reacts to weather changes and determine the best times to schedule maintenance.

Vestas is running BigInsights software on 1,222 connected, workload optimized servers that make up Firestorm.

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