Deutsche Windtechnik has been monitoring a wind farm in Havøygavlen, around 50 kilometres from Norway’s North Cape, via their modern remote control centre since May 2014. Where wind speeds of 35 to 40 metres per second are not uncommon and wind directions change quickly, the wind farm is among the most challenging in the world, especially in the winter months.
Boasting an average wind speed of nine metres per second, the location has a huge potential, which - coupled with the extreme climatic conditions - requires a correspondingly high level of service: the North Cape is located on an island, and the wind turbines are exposed to wind and weather from all directions without any protection. The winter lasts seven months and there is a constant threat of massive snowfall, storms and sudden changes in weather.
Deutsche Windtechnik rectifies faults in real time
A challenge requiring a high level of responsibility on the part of Deutsche Windtechnik: the supplier-independent service provider monitors the wind farm every day from 4pm in the afternoon to 8am in the morning as well as all day long on weekends. Faults are responded to within 15 minutes. Every morning, the service team of the Norwegian operator Arctic Wind are provided with a report on the events of the night. The Deutschen Windtechnik team reports any faults that cannot be solved by dial-up to the service technicians on site.
Wind farm operators expect yield increase
“We are pleased to have found such a competent partner with Deutsche Windtechnik ,” says Arctic Wind’s wind farm manager Maik Droese. “We are expecting to considerably increase the effectiveness of our wind farm, in particular during night operation, thanks to the fast response time and troubleshooting.”
Extreme natural conditions at the Arctic Circle: The wind turbines in Havøygavlen must withstand heavy storms, sudden weather changes and massive snowfall.
|Havøygavlen wind farm at a glance|
|Start of cooperation:||May 2014|
|Deutsche Windtechnik services:||remote monitoring, instant troubleshooting|
|Turbine type:||15 Nordex N80 wind turbines|
|Total output:||37.5 MW|
|Expected annual yield:||90 million kWh|