Vestas is confident that the overall share of wind power in the worldwide energy supply will increase.
Besides continued political support the increase depends on a combination of accurate forecasting of wind power generation, and continuously improved integration with the power system.
To meet those challenges and opportunities, we have broadened our focus to the full range of services that add value though the entire power plant lifecycle. Our most recent offerings are:
- SiteHunt uses our knowledge of wind and weather conditions around the world to help customers find the best location for a new wind power plant. We get input from 35,000 meteorological stations and a comprehensive wind data library.
- SiteDesign calculates the optimal layout for turbines to meet the financial goals for the entire life of the project, once a location is chosen.
- Electrical Pre-Design collects the surest way of building a productive, grid-compliant, and highly profitable plant.
- Active Output Management is a service package targeted at optimising the operation and profitability of the plant. Vestas offers a wide portfolio of service offerings tailored to customers’ needs. From full scope solutions like AOM to operational support.
- Power Plant Controller is the first product fully dedicated to ensure worldwide grid code compliance and fast real time management of wind power plants.
- Vestas Performance Manager is a web based product that provides customers with a clear real time view of their plants performance.
New radar system technologyIn October 2011 Vestas acquired the technological assets of Norwegian radar specialist OCAS AS.
This includes a patented system that protects wind power plants from aerial collisions while addressing community concerns about light pollution. The OCAS system uses highly innovative and proprietary radar technology to detect approaching aircraft and activate warning systems. The system immediately turns on the turbine strobe lights as a visual warning and transmits an audio warning to the pilot’s VHF radio if the aircraft does not promptly change course.
The solution serves as a smart switch, keeping the lights off when not needed to reduce light pollution and noninterference with bird patterns, while also ensuring that the sky is safe to local air traffic by activating the appropriate warnings when necessary to ensure maximum safety.
This new technology opens up new opportunities for customers to put up turbines in areas that earlier were off limits due to air interference.