The rotating machinery in the nacelle has been shown to be responsible for over the 50% of wind turbine downtime. The CMDRIVE project aims to address this situation. Therefore the CMDRIVE system will potentially reduce downtime and the associated lost revenue costs by 50%.
The twin goals of the CMDRIVE project are to:
- Extend the lifetime and improve the operational efficiency of all the rotating components within the nacelle of a wind turbine
- Reduce the environmental noise levels caused by the turbine machinery vibration, in order to take into account the widespread environmental concerns expressed by residents in the close vicinity of wind farms.
These goals will be met by an integral condition monitoring and active noise control process.