AREVA Multibrid GmbH, a leader in wind power plants, teamed with embedded industrial automation leader Beckhoff to solve many of the reliability issues associated with generating wind power at sea. An embedded controller, running the Windows Embedded Compact family and motion-control software, transformed the Multibrid M5000 wind turbine into a fully automated, self-monitoring energy plant. Six M5000 turbines, capable of powering up to 50,000 German households, were recently installed in a North Sea test site, where they reliably and efficiently generate clean energy with predictable service intervals.
AREVA Multibrid, which will supply energy to 50,000 households, meeting 15 percent of Germany's electricity requirements by 2030 through 5,000 offshore windmills and 6 offshore wind turbines, aimed to simplify development and increase reliability of its system that remotely controls the offshore wind farms.
AREVA teamed with Microsoft partner Beckhoff to implement a turbine controller powered by Windows Embedded CE, Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework that connects with onshore enterprise information systems.
AREVA Multibrid's integrated solution allows for hard, real-time measurement of weather conditions and remote management of offshore devices connected to onshore Windows-based enterprise systems.
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