25. June 2019, new tip to tower clearance measurement system
In close cooperation WIND-consult GmbH and morewind engineering solutions GmbH have successfully completed the first milestone of the R&D project funded by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the European Union for surveying tower clearance at wind turbines.
After the first phase of the project, the high-speed camera technology, motion capture and machine learning-based image acquisition and evaluation system installed in the nacelle delivers reliable results for the distance between the tower and the blade tip while the turbine is in operation. Beginning the second phase of the project, further algorithm optimisations, the merging of the measured data with operating data and the development of market maturity will be realized.
Both companies have many years of experience in the field of accredited measurements and load simulations and are convinced to provide with the system an innovative and effective tool to further optimize the design of wind turbines. With increasing rotor diameter, the topic of tower clearance becomes more important than before and thus also for the optimization of the costs of the rotor blades. The claims on precision and traceability of the measurement results follow the requirements of surveying standards with the goal to deliver reliable data for the certification process of wind turbines. The successful completion of the R&D project and the rollout are expected in fall of 2019.
27. March 2019, Wind turbine loads and control training at Rio Energy
Morewind provided last week a 3 day workshop on wind turbine loading and control at Rio Energy Projetos de Energia´s headquarter in Rio de Janeiro. It was a pleasure to work with the enthusiastic and dynamic engineering team from Rio Energy Projetos de Energia on such an important topic for wind farm owner and operator.
06. January 2019, morewind gets 4 new customer for the load simulation software mwLoADS
06. December 2017, morewind releases a new version of the load simulation software mwLoADS
With the new version of the load simulation software for wind turbines mwLoADS v6.6 morewind engineering solutions GmbH enables even more effective work with simulated and measured data.
The load simulation software mwLoADS facilitates automated generation of input files for the load simulation packages FAST by NREL and parallelizing of the simulation jobs within a computing network. FAST v8 with HydroDyn is now supported enabling the simulation of offshore turbines. Additionally, there now is a multi-parameter variation included accelerating iterations during the design process.
have also been made in the postprocessing. The Excel interface has been redesigned to ensure a more legible format of both results of extreme and fatigue analyses as well as load
comparisons and envelopes for several turbine variants.
In addition to the FAST-format, the postprocessing and viewer now also support the BLADED and Flex5 timeseries formats as well as measurement data in FAMOS-format and MATLAB files. This enables the comparison of loads from different simulators or measurements.
Statistical data like min, max, mean, stdv and 1Hz DEL of 10 min timeseries, usually used for load measurements, now can be created comfortably via mwLoADS.
Alterations have also been made on the viewer. Amongst other things, on-the-fly time derivatives and filtering of signals are now possible. Furthermore, timeseries of different formats now can be compared simultaneously.
morewind successfully uses mwLoADS for load simulation in different turbine designing projects. Moreover, resulting design load have been successfully approved by certification agencies. morewind CEO, Florian Stache, explains: “The software has been created out of our experiences within load simulation teams of leading OEM and therefore meets the requirements of modern product engineering processes. Especially iteration speed and the time2market requirements are herewith fulfilled.”
1. June 2017, morewind facilitates a workshop on lifecycle strategies and the role of O&M at IQPC conference in Berlin
morewind CEO Florian Stache facilitates a workshop on lifecycle strategies and the role of O&M at IQPC conference in Berlin.
The discussion focuses on how data and data analysis supports O&M activities and a holistic view regarding the operation of wind farms. A particular focus is set on performance optimisation possibilities and life time extension.
12. December 2016, Framework contract between ABO Wind and morewind
morewind and ABO Wind Betriebs GmbH started a cooperation on performance analysis by recently signing a framework contract. The ABO Wind Betriebs GmbH, headquartered in Heidesheim, focuses on
operational management for wind parks, performs maintenance activities and in addition offers different products regarding expert services to its customers. The company that was founded in 1996
has nearly 500 wind energy turbines to with a nominal capacity of more than 1,000 megawatts under contract.
Both parties now combine their competences in the field of performance analysis. The main aim is to evaluate wind turbines regarding possible turbine specific errors or ways of optimizing them through examining SCADA data. The results are then used to derive suggestions for improvement. ABO Wind contributes a long-time knowledge in turbine technology from operational management and its know-how with subsystems to comply with environmental standards to the cooperation. morewind provides a deep detailed knowledge within turbine technology and control which is based on the previous experiences from development and consulting for large wind turbine manufacturers.
Furthermore, morewind can systematically bring in its expertise in load simulation and prototype testing, whereas in both cases the power curve plays an important role.
“The first performance analysis was performed successfully by morewind”, says Frank Philipp, Project manager for product development at ABO Wind AG, “The next orders are already planned. We are looking forward to a productive collaboration.”
06. October 2016, morewind as exhibitor at Wind Energy
For the second time, morewind was exhibiting at the Wind Energy, the world’s leading expo for the wind industry with more than 35,000 visitors. On four days, from 27. to 30. September 2016,
morewind presented its service portfolio in cooperation with its co-exhibitor Andreas Kiehn in Hamburg. The main focus was set on the presentation of the load simulation software mwLoADS, which
was developed by morewind and is based on FAST from NREL and enables an efficient wind turbine engineering process. Additionally, morewind presented an installation focusing on the topic
“Hardware-in-the-loop”, a way of coupling a wind turbine simulation with real hardware.
We are happy about all the positive responses and numerous visitors and would like to thank Andreas Kiehn!
20. July 2016, mwTSViewer: more features available
Summer is ahead of us and with it comes an update of our mwTSViewer. Highlight of the new version: different time series formats can be compared to each other. The team of morewind has added some more functionalities: Axial offsets and scaling can be adjusted for every time series folder. To find files and channels in long lists even faster, a search function is now integrated. An enlarged context menu, easier handling and an optimized surface for a quicker analysis of different time series complete the new mwTSViewer. morewind also put some extra work into the design: The Viewer enables an intelligent selection of line colour and style within the plots to compare time series.
08. June, 2016, Trade fair coming up: morewind at Wind Energy 2016
From 27.-30 September, morewind attends the Wind Energy in Hamburg, world’s leading expo for wind energy, as an exhibitor. In this context, the team will for the second time present its services
in the field of load simulation, Wind Turbine R&D, Wind Farm Optimisation, Consulting/Training and its software product mwLoADS. For the first time, the global fair and the Annual Conference of Wind Europe (previously EWEA) will be held in parallel
which will attract even more visitors.
Visit morewind at the WindEnergy in Hamburg – Hall B7, booth 401!
10. May 2016, DEKRA relies on mwLoADS
DEKRA, one of the largest inspection organizations, has become a part of the customer base of morewind. DEKRA EXAM which is an affiliated company of DEKRA (Bochum, Germany) uses the load simulation software mwLoADS within the certification process of wind turbines. “´We are really benefiting from mwLoADS when it
comes to the testing of wind turbines according to IEC 61400”, declares Peter Czech, Chief of the new testing area at DEKRA EXAM, “without this tool we wouldn't be able to perform our testings in the quality that is required by the accreditation agency.”
Find out more about our load simulation software mwLoADS!
29. February 2016, WETI uses mwLoADS
Since October 2015, the Wind Energy Technology Insitute (WETI) of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences uses mwLoADS, the morewind toolbox. “In the context of a student project work, the designing of the wind turbine Optimus 150 was realized with the load simulation software. We just received positive feedback so far”, declares Rasmus Borrmann, research assistant at the WETI. In the near future, the institute plans to integrate the software in research and education. One main benefit lies within the combination of the open source software FAST from NREL with mwLoADS which enables an efficient pre- and postprocesssing. As a result, students and researchers can use a comprehensible developable aeroelastic code.
05. January 2016, mwLoADS now running under FAST v8
morewind starts into the New Year with a product update: The load simulation software mwLoADS is now compatible with FAST v8 in connection
with the new Modularization Framework from NREL. The morewind software especially supports simulations with BeamDyn, an approach for FEM which is optimal for the
modellation of long slender blades in FAST as well as works with HydroDyn on offshore wind turbines. Another benefit of using mwLoADS: Within
the postprocessing, measured datas from BLADED and FLEX5 (FAMOS) can be evaluated and visualized.
Further information about the toolbox mwLoADS are available here!