17 November, 2016 - ACCIONA Energía, a leading renewable energies company, and U.S. assets life extension software firm Sentient Science have reached a definitive agreement to execute the Turbines for Life Initiative for ACCIONA’s 9.2GW current and future fleet of wind turbines.
The contract goal is to make ACCIONA, headquartered in Madrid, Spain more competitive in terms of cost of energy in energy sales deals, such as Power Purchase Agreement-auction bids.
The contract signed in both New York and Madrid, covers the use by ACCIONA of Sentient Science’s DigitalClone® Live technology to predict failures in critical components and systems within the wind turbine years before they occur, leading to operation and maintenance benefits that will lower the cost of energy for ACCIONA and its customers.
“We are very proud to be the first major European wind power operator to use Sentient Science’s reputed technology in our assets. This represents a big step forward in our Turbine for Life program to obtain the maximum performance from our turbines and be ever more competitive,” said ACCIONA Energía CEO Rafael Mateo.
“Digitalization of ACCIONA’s fleet with DigitalClone®Live will provide life extension and lower the cost of energy,” said Ward Thomas, CEO & President of Sentient Science. “We are excited to be working with ACCIONA Energía and his team to achieve ACCIONA Energía’s business goals to have 50-year life machines through life extension and supply chain actions.”
DigitalClone®Live, developed by Sentient Science, is based on its expertise in the field of materials science and the impact material quality has on component and system failure predictions. ACCIONA will use DigitalClone® Live to monitor and create action lists based on the health and failure projections of critical components and systems in the wind turbine, including gearbox, main bearing, pitch bearings, blades, generator and electrical system, allowing the company to move from planned preventative maintenance to predictive health maintenance schedules.