Gamesa picks Telvent to protect wind turbines from lightning

Gamesa’s U.S. Wind Farm To Use Telvent’s Technology. Gamesa has selected Telvent GIT SA to provide lightning safety technology for Gamesa’s wind power plants in the U.S.

Telvent’s MxVision WeatherSentry Online Wind Energy Edition warns Gamesa’s wind farm operators when lightning strikes are detected within a predefined radius, providing sufficient time for personnel to evacuate before lightning is in their immediate area, the company explains.

Telvent’s system automatically sends alerts to personnel both in the control room and to crews’ cell phones in the field when strikes are detected within a predefined radius, giving crews the time needed to evacuate. The accuracy of this technology also helps wind power plant managers avoid false alarms and unplanned evacuations due to weather, Telvent adds.

The initial services will focus on Gamesa’s North American power plants. However, Telvent’s global weather information capabilities will allow the application to be expanded into other regions where Gamesa has operations.

By José Santamarta,