Intelligent lightning monitoring: A tool for blade-asset management

By Paul Dvorak Until recently, lightning-strike monitors provided incomplete information. Recent systems deliver more useful and actionable data such as which turbine blade has been struck and the power in the strike.
Daniel J. Sylawa / Business Development Manager – Renewable Energy / Phoenix Contact USA, Inc.
Lightning risks to wind turbines vary by geographic area, time of year, and turbine location. In fact, there is a risk of lightning at every wind farm. To mitigate threats to wind turbines, the technology used to directly measure lightning include geolocation and direct-measurement systems. Examples of geolocation lightning-detection systems include weather-data-based lightning measurements and lightning detection sensors.

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