Remote control and monitoring of wind turbines

Remote control and monitoring of wind turbines

SUMMARY

According to a recent study by Rebecca Lindsey and LuAnn Dahlman the world average temperature increased by 2°C in almost 150 years, which can cause a catastrophic outcome in the future. As the world is moving forwards by increasing the pace of infrastructure development and consumption, the impact on the environment increases dramatically. Despite this fact, people are trying to fight the environmental crisis is different ways; some are looking for more efficiency in consumption, some are turning towards the green energy generated from sun, water, or wind.

CHALLENGE

Energy generated from wind is one of the most prominent green energy solutions. Wind farm locations are usually remote, far away from civilization, in the hills or the seaside. Such places are used because for the wind farm to be profitable, there must be conditions that would generate as much wind as possible throughout the year. However, harsher environments require more complex wind turbines, which usually consists of towers, blades, hubs, and nacelles. To control all the parts, companies are mounting wind turbine controllers near the tower. Wind turbine controllers, like PLCs, are the brains for every wind turbine, since it is used for controlling the whole system, generating reports and monitoring. Without it, the turbine would not be working correctly, since it must be controlled and programmed. For this reason, the controllers must be connected to a unified system for remote monitoring, energy generation reporting, parameter control, and predictive maintenance. The main challenge here is obtaining reliable and secure connectivity to the Internet because of the remote location of wind farms.

TOPOLOGY

SOLUTION

The topology above shows the whole solution: wind turbine generates energy which is passed to a substation and further transmission. On the other side, everything is controlled and remotely monitored via the wind turbine controller, which is connected to TRB145 – a small but powerful 4G LTE Serial gateway by Teltonika Networks. This device provides a reliable and stable Internet connection and acts as a Modbus gateway between controller and control center where all monitoring and management takes place. TRB145 industrial gateway is an ideal choice here not only because it features Serial RS485 interface with Modbus RTU but also because it is powered by RutOS that is equipped with advanced features such as OpenVPN, Firewall, IPsec. Besides, this gateway can be managed and monitored via the RMS – Remote Management System, which, amongst other benefits, has the ability to send status reports and generate notifications by SMS or email.

BENEFITS

WHY Teltonika Networks?

Teltonika is a reliable partner for more than 20 years in the industrial IoT market. During that time, we have gathered experience in mission-critical connectivity that has lead to manufacturing products that are reliable, secure, and easy to use. We designed TRB with the same mindset and focus, making it one of the best industrial cellular gateways in the market. Paired with Teltonika RMS, this device is an ideal choice for wind farm connectivity.

Vorgestelltes Produkt TRB145

Leichtes und leistungsstarkes RS485 bis 4G LTE Cat1 IoT Gateway. Hohe Leistung gepaart mit Linux-basierter Firmware ermöglicht eine schnelle Markteinführung in den anspruchsvollsten Anwendungen. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der Wiki-Seite

rs485

RS485 - industrial differential serial communication

lte-cat1

LTE Cat 1 for M2M/IoT communications

small

Compact size, easy integration

9-30v

Wide range of power supply voltages

rms

Teltonika Networks Remote Management System compatible

rutos

RutOS – easy to use, secure and feature rich Operating System