Wind turbine manufacturers, service providers and owners of wind turbines take advantage of OrbiSCADA for remote monitoring and control of their wind turbines.
Keeping track of a growing number of wind turbines
It was 2013 and Orbitals customers – wind turbine manufacturers and service providers – faced rapid growth. With turbine installation at the domestic market as well as several international markets, the internal workflows struggled to keep up with the increased number of turbines. Turbine information was stored in different systems and it was not easily available for technicians. A visit to the turbine was a costly affair and the turbine owner lost production time. Orbitals employees also faced a challenge when customers required support.
Orbital created a SCADA solution to solve the challenge
The situation initiated Orbital to develop a SCADA solution for remote monitoring and control of the turbines. The industry knowledge from developing and manufacturing control systems for wind turbines was a strong starting point. So Orbital hired a full-stack developer to develop the solution in close collaboration with colleagues and customers. The goal was to launch a SCADA system that would not just solve the challenges, but become a state-of-the-art SCADA system for wind turbines. A system that would also help Orbitals customers to sell their wind turbines and win service contracts.
Listening to customers and understanding their needs
Orbital had acquired a strong understanding of the current needs and future trends from the background in the wind industry. The ability to walk in the customer’s shoes made it clear that the system had to be user-friendly, easy to navigate and provide users with different options based on access levels. The first edition of OrbiSCADA became a reality and the customers quickly got familiar with the new possibilities. Ever since the market introduction of OrbiSCADA, there has been a constant focus on improving and adding new features aligned with customer needs.
OrbiSCADA creates value at several different levels
The wind turbine owner monitors his wind turbine from a smartphone or tablet, where he can keep up with the daily production and historical metrics. The wind turbine manufacturers and service providers have several options from their access level. Besides monitoring they are also able to control the turbines remotely. That includes start, stop, reset, yawing and setting parameters. At the most advanced access level, it is possible to export data, including power curves and to create a service & activity log for each wind turbine. The service & activity log digitalizes every service inspection – the reports can be filled out, signed and e-mailed right away when the technician performs the inspection.
Current and future mix of online wind turbines
As of today, more than 1,300 wind turbines are connected to OrbiSCADA. The majority are stall regulated turbines in the size range from 10 kW up to 600 kW. It is a mix between new wind turbines born with the TMC3 wind turbine controller and older turbines retrofitted with the TMC3 controller. Furthermore, gateway solutions make it possible to integrate turbines that are equipped with non-Orbital control systems.
OrbiSCADA is evolving to meet future customer needs
Currently, Orbitals full-stack engineers are busy working on the next version of OrbiSCADA. Building on the success of the current version, the coming version takes advantage of new technology to upgrade front- and backend. Keeping the design user-friendly and developing new features to provide as much value as possible to wind turbine manufacturers, service providers and the owners of wind turbines. With these things in mind, the next version will include a facelift of the interface and several new features.
Some of the current features in OrbiSCADA
A great overview for owners of several wind turbines to see and compare the live production and wind speed for all the turbines in one view
A visual overview of the exact turbine locations. Turbine manufacturers and service providers get a helpful tool when they plan inspections
The current weather forecast is an important and integrated part of OrbiSCADA.
The live data metrics are presented every second. That gives very detailed insight into turbine performance and condition.
When the TMC3 controller detects an error, the OrbiSCADA Blackbox system presents a detailed view of 5 sec. before and after the error (100 ms. interval logging time)
All turbine parameters are available to modify. The search function is a quick way to find the relevant group or single parameter by name or number.
A powerful tool to compare and analyze the performance of one or more turbines for a specific time period.