Siemens begins building wind turbine remote diagnostic centre

Siemens Energy has commenced building what it says will be the most advanced wind turbine remote diagnostics service (RDS) centres in the world.

The company’s wind service headquarters at Brande, Denmark will host the 1,400 square-metre facility.

In an email statement the company says it will host advanced diagnostic operations and monitoring services for more than 7,500 installed Siemens (NYSE: SI) wind turbines worldwide to proactively keep the units operating at their optimum levels of performance.
Torben Bang, Head of Siemens Wind Power Service said the centre will “enable us to support those efforts by monitoring our global Siemens fleet 24/7/365 and flagging potential issues before they become serious. Remote diagnostics is a key component of a smarter and integrated service approach that helps our customers lower the overall cost of energy.”

Remote diagnostics is an important part of Siemens' portfolio of value-added services. Monitoring experts can solve more than 85 per cent of all alarms remotely without a service team doing trouble-shooting onsite.

With vibration diagnostics Siemens can find even the smallest indicator that something may not be operating normally and follow up by recommending proactive solutions before the issue becomes serious. Data can also be collected to draw trends on individual turbines as well as the overall fleet. The results contribute to enhanced current and future designs and improves existing turbine performance over the long term, thereby lowering the cost of energy.

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