10+ Applications of Artificial Intelligence in WInd Power Sector

INfluence of Artificial Intelligence on Wind pOwer Sector

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the wind industry across the world, making it more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective. AI enables Wind Turbines to learn and adapt to new situations without being explicitly programmed, and it has the potential to transform the way wind turbines are designed, operated, and maintained.

The use of AI in the wind industry is still in its early stages. AI can help improve the efficiency of wind turbines by optimizing their O&M, reducing downtime, and improving energy Prediction & production. It can also help reduce the cost of wind energy by identifying areas for improvement in turbine design and operation.

AI can be used to analyze vast amounts of data generated by wind turbines, including wind patterns, turbine performance, and energy production. By analyzing this data, AI algorithms can identify patterns and anomalies that would be difficult for humans to detect, allowing wind farm operators to take corrective action before problems occur.

AI can also be used to optimize the design of wind turbines and wind farms. By analyzing data on wind patterns and other environmental factors, Artificial Intelligence algorithms can determine the optimal placement and design of wind turbines, maximizing energy production and reducing the impact of the Wake Effect and other losses. 

Overall, AI has the potential to transform the wind industry, making it more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective. As the technology continues to develop, we can expect to see more and more applications of AI in the wind industry, leading to a more sustainable and renewable energy future.

Here is a list of the top 10+ Benefits of Using AI in the Wind Power Sector 

Wind Resource Assessment

Site Identification is the most critical part of Wind Farm assessment, and the economic feasibility of the project largely depends on this. AI can be used to analyze wind data and optimize the placement and operation of wind turbines for maximum energy production from a particular Wind Farm.

Predictive Maintenance

Taking Predictive maintenance to the next level. I can analyze data from sensors and other sources to predict maintenance needs and identify potential problems before they occur, reducing downtime and improving efficiency.

Smart Component Integration

Integrating AI with information available through the exhaustive specification sheets of various mechanical, electrical, and electronic components used in a wind turbine can help solve the puzzle of integrating the various components of various brands to extract the best energy output from a wind turbine at the lowest cost. AI should be able to suggest the gearbox of ‘XYZ’ brand and Transformers of ‘pqr’ brand and the generator of ‘ABC’ brand produces the best LCOE for a wind turbine of say 3.x MW. This could be an amazing fete to achieve. AI being able to predict the best possible combination of components for a wind turbine with the help of Human Expertise. 

Energy Forecasting & Grid Integration

One of the biggest challenges associated with the lack of large-scale penetration of wind into the national grid of many countries is its unpredictable nature making it difficult to become a part of the energy mix. AI can use historical weather and energy data to predict wind power output, helping utilities plan for energy demand and improve grid stability.

Turbine Control (Plus Generation)

A low wind (class 3/3s) regime like India, with over 70-80 of the wind falling under 3-9m/s wind speed, prepares the turbine to capture the maximum energy during higher wind speeds when the turbine is operating at the rated condition of 11-12m/s becomes very critical for the profitability of the wind farm. Many Global Wind OEMs have tried integrating the Turbine to operate in the Plus mode (Operating the turbine over the rated Power Capacity) to extract the maximum Wind speeds. 

With the Integration of predictive Artificial Intelligence, we can optimize turbine operation in real-time, adjusting blade pitch and other electronic parameters to maximize energy production and reduce wear and tear.

Employee Training 

Each Renewable Energy company takes a lot of effort in creating and maintaining user manuals for wind turbine operations and maintenance. Large amounts of money are being spent on staff training to make them equipped with such comprehensive study materials. With the use of AI, the learning experience could be made easier by reducing the time and effort of the unskilled and semi-skilled employees going through these materials. 

Resource Management 

Resource planning and staff management can be optimized during the erection and commissioning of large wind projects which demands the deployment of heavy manpower working continuous shifts causing fatal human errors. AI can optimize and control the excess resource utilization and ensure HSE norms are being followed at the site and factory. 

Intelligent Scheduled Maintenance

Advanced machine learning can enable AI to optimize the scheduling of wind turbine maintenance and repair tasks to minimize downtime and improve Plant load Factor and availability of wind turbines to generate electricity.

Environmental Monitoring

AI can monitor environmental factors, such as bird and bat movements, to reduce the impact of wind farms on local wildlife.

Energy Storage Optimization

AI can optimize the use of energy storage systems in wind power systems, maximizing the use of renewable energy and reducing the need for backup power.

Energy Trading

AI can be used to optimize energy trading strategies in a competitive energy market.

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