Wind Power

SCADA Systems Behind Wind Farm Scene

January 26,2004 [SolarAccess.com] Wind turbine manufacturers, and project developers always get the most attention with wind projects, but behind the scenes there are many subcontractors that help make a project successful. Massachusetts-based Second Wind is one such company. They recently announced they had installed wind farm supervisory control systems on wind energy projects representing over half of the USA’s projected 1500 MW of new capacity. Second Wind’s ADMS (Advanced Distributed Monitoring System) is an independent SCADA system (supervisory control and data acquisition) for utility scale wind power plants. Second Wind has a total of nine projects under contract this year monitoring a total of over 900 MW of capacity. Second Wind’s Advanced Distributed Monitoring System (ADMS) and legacy systems are now installed in over 5,000 wind turbines in the USA and Europe. Windfarm SCADA systems allow the windfarm to be operated as a single power plant. The SCADA system provides an operator console as well as performance data acquisition and reporting. SCADA features specific to the wind energy industry include remote turbine control based on wind speed and direction, and aircraft obstruction light monitoring.