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December 16, 2021

Cognitive, RWE and ORE Catapult to expedite Wind AI technology

Wind AI is claimed to reduce the levelised cost of energy while increasing annual energy production.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

Spain-based artificial intelligence (AI) company Cognitive has partnered with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and RWE to expedite the commercialisation of its Wind AI technology to improve wind turbine performance monitoring.

Cognitive’s Wind AI technology has been designed to address wind turbine underperformance issues in order to diagnose and fix them.

Cognitive Applied AI co-founder and director Christopher Fraser said: “Wind AI does not use wind speed measurement as an input.

“Instead, it ‘learns’ the performance of each turbine against every other turbine under every conceivable set of conditions, and then uses that information to create algorithms to accurately determine the predicted and actual performance of each turbine at any given moment, thus highlighting any that are underperforming.”

Cognitive’s Wind AI solution has the potential to identify performance degradation with a less than 1% error.

According to a cost analysis by Catapult, Wind AI has the capability to minimise the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) while increasing annual energy production.

ORE Catapult added that Wind AI is capable of predicting component failures before they occur and triggering predictive maintenance, thereby reducing overall corrective maintenance frequencies by 5%.

ORE Catapult senior innovation manager Andrew MacDonald said: “Cognitive’s technology is providing a solution for one of the industry’s largest, unsolved challenges – the cost-effective monitoring and tracking of wind turbine performance losses.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Cognitive as they expand their AI solutions to further improve cost reductions in the offshore wind sector.”

In June, UK Export Finance and ORE Catapult entered a partnership to promote the knowledge and capabilities of offshore wind companies in overseas markets.

The two parties have agreed to foster global trading opportunities for UK suppliers and drive the country’s renewables exports by publicising the support available to renewable energy companies.

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