German Federal Government and CONTACT Test Energy Systems

June 11, 2020 Tiera Oliver

With partners, CONTACT is proving new technologies for an efficient and sustainable energy supply as part of the German government's 7th Energy Research Program. The Wind I0 project uses CONTACT's IoT platform for the digitalization and autonomous control of wind turbines and wind farms.

Wind power/energy ensures low CO2 and sustainable energy production. A key technology for this is the Digital Twin. The ideal scenario is wind turbines and wind farms that determine their maintenance requirements themselves and independently optimize their operating parameters. For example, they can automatically adapt to site-specific and constantly changing weather conditions. In addition, they are able to use their plant status, the currently available service resources and the operation model for an optimal management.

To achieve this goal, the Wind I0 joint project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), brings together partners from the wind energy sector. The project uses CONTACT Elements for IoT with its data models and methods for Digital Twins to explore concrete use cases. One example is the combination of the wear models of sensitive components with the Digital Gemini to extend their overall lifetime and improve preventive maintenance.

The IoT platform provides developers, operators and service technicians with the relevant operating information in a clear and concise manner.  

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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