Wind energyProject Resilient Wind Energy for Telecommunication Sites
This is the first Lessons Learnt Report for Diffuse Energy’s Resilient Wind Energy for Telecommunications Sites Project. This report discusses the lessons learnt and challenges faced resulting from COVID restrictions.
Diffuse Energy’s second milestone had two key technical outcomes: first was to build a representative micro-grid, typical in small-load remote telecommunications; and second to build an anemometry / data logging system to record performance of the local test site. The data logging system is to be deployed on customer’s sites in the future.
The micro-grid is based around an Eaton -48V system controller (SC200 with installed solar controller) with a Hyland 920 wind turbine, 1375 W of solar panels, 8 kWh of AGM batteries and an Eaton 240 V inverter. This system operates as a standalone system but supplies an existing 240 V micro-grid that was already on site.
The data system has required both hardware and software development. The hardware is able to monitor the Diffuse Energy turbines through either analogue or serial connection while also reading the serial data from an anemometer. This data is collated on board and sent periodically to a cloud- based database, from which we can access the data directly. A web platform has been created for viewing the output either at site level or as a whole group.