WHOI Announces Innovative Wind Turbine Monitor

PrintWOODS HOLE – The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received the issuance of a U.S. patent number for self-regulating terrestrial turbine control through environmental sensing.

Wind energy is a widespread clean alternative to energy from fossil fuels.

The increasing number of wind turbine installations highlights the need for comprehensive consistent environmental data, and the ability to instantaneously regulate the operation of wind turbines in response to immediate changes in environmental conditions from both external sources and the turbine itself.

The Multimodal Environmental Impact Monitor, or MIME, developed by engineers at The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, utilizes an all-in-one sensor package that measures flicker, acoustic noise, and vibration generated by wind turbines.

Alone or in combination, data from these modalities may then be used to provide input for turbine control paradigms in order to optimize turbine operations and/or maximize energy production.

Turbine performance management as well as site and environmental impact assessments for wind turbine developments, are presently hampered by lack of available weather tolerant instrumentation and inadequate sensors.

Thus, appropriate long-term time series assessments are not made, environmental and human health impact is not accurately determined, and output is not optimized.

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