Ice accretion formation, its location and severity detection
As one of the most cost-competitive forms of renewable energy, the wind has remarkable potential for fulfilling the increasing demand for global energy in an environmentally responsible way. Wind turbines in cold climate are becoming one of the most popular trends for wind energy developments. Because of highly variable operational conditions, wind turbines demand a high degree of maintenance to provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable power output with acceptable equipment life. In humid and cold climate environment, such as in Canada, wind turbines are exposed to icing, erosion, and debris build-up faults on their rotor blades that each result in generation power loss. This project would help EneSense in the development of next generation control systems in wind farms, which can detect, diagnose, and accommodate for the most common faults, i.e. icing and debris built up.