Integrated technology solution minimizes energy loss, maximizes clean
energy output and revenue for wind farm operators
(NYSE: EMR) has formed an alliance with Vayu,
Corp. (OTC:YSTR) company, to provide automation technology solutions
for wind farm energy optimization in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe.
The three-year collaboration combines the advanced power applications
and networking capabilities of Emerson’s Ovation™
automation platform with Vayu’s cloud-computing wind energy
optimization technology. Using this approach, Vayu has identified more
than $500 million in revenue opportunities from just a fraction of the
approximately 450 wind farms in the United States.
“Combining the respective strengths of Emerson and Vayu creates a
first-of-its-kind, intelligent solution for wind
farm optimization,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power
and water business. “This initiative will help wind energy producers
maximize their aggregate power output, achieve their financial
objectives and deliver more clean power to their communities.”
The wind power market continues to grow: 53.9 gigawatts were added in
2018, bringing the overall capacity of all wind turbines installed
worldwide to 600 gigawatts, according to the World
Wind Energy Association. The United States—the second-largest wind
power market—added 7.6 gigawatts of capacity last year.
Beyond the additional revenue from megawatt production, the advanced
solution from Vayu and Emerson can also help U.S. wind farm owners take
advantage of federal production tax credits awarded for increasing
electricity output of existing wind turbines.
“Instead of embarking on full-scale repowering projects that can cost
millions, wind farm owners can make a small investment in this
integrated solution to boost power production and qualify for the tax
credit,” said Vayu CEO Jim Kiles.
In traditional wind farms, each turbine is individually optimized. Each
creates its own turbulence, or wake, which prevents downwind turbines
from receiving full energy from the wind stream, significantly reducing
wind energy production. Vayu estimates two-thirds of U.S. wind farms
experience reduced capacity due to wind wake. Emerson and Vayu’s
solution leverages key data and machine learning to enable turbines to
work cooperatively, adjusting the side-to-side movement of each turbine
based on wind speed, wind direction and other parameters to extract the
optimum energy from wind.
Emerson’s Ovation compact controller will communicate data from each
turbine’s wind sensor to the Vayu system every 1-2 seconds—much faster
than the 10 minutes typically required to perform this function when
using traditional equipment. This near-real-time data enables a more
accurate calculation of the optimum setting for each turbine.
Ovation compact control technology was designed specifically for
renewables and other highly distributed energy applications and can
easily interface with any turbine controller—regardless of
manufacturer—eliminating the significant time and expense associated
with removing and replacing existing turbine controls.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St.
Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company
providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial
and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps
process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect
personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and
operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business
helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety,
advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure. For
more information visit Emerson.com.
About Vayu Corp.
Vayu is a cloud computing optimization
service that can significantly increase wind farm energy production
using machine learning principles. Vayu applies physics-based algorithms
against unpredictable wind data, locally and globally, to identify
cooperative action among multiple wind turbines, diminishing risk from
turbulence while increasing power production. Vayu, a Ystrategies
Corporation (OTC: YSTR) company is based in San Francisco with offices
in Pittsburgh and Houston. Learn more at www.vayuai.com
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