Minnesota, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Juhl Wind Inc. and Honeywell International have been awarded a United States Department of Energy program to test the application of an advanced “Condition Monitoring System” to provide remotely controlled data monitoring for turbine maintenance.
“We’re very excited to move forward with this Department of Energy project and to be working with Honeywell on such an advanced system,” said Dan Juhl, CEO of Juhl Wind. “Juhl has worked with a variety of industry leaders and federal and state officials in the past, but this is the first federal project in which we’ll have an active role. This represents the strength of our growing wind farm operations and maintenance business.”
Under the guise of the project, Honeywell will be providing technology which is designed to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs of turbine systems and Juhl will be providing the field application, installation, monitoring and support. Condition monitoring systems are key components of wind turbines that help operators get a better idea of how turbines are performing, which helps them avoid unscheduled machine down time.
“We currently provide administrative, operations and maintenance services for many of the wind farms we’ve already developed and we intend to provide these same services for a majority of our new projects,” Juhl said. “If we can find a reliable technology, like Honeywell’s condition monitoring system, our maintenance business will be much more competitive while we also improve the level of reliability we provide our wind farm owners. We expect this portion of our business to grow significantly during the next few years.”