Worldsensing Innovation supports the Horizon 2020 VirtuWind project through IIoT solutions
Barcelona, December 2017
Worldsensing, a widely recognized global IoT pioneer, has installed the first Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) network on wind turbines in Denmark as part of VirtuWind, one of the projects under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme.
Wind energy accounted for almost 13% of total primary production of renewable energy across 28 EU countries in 2015. Wind park control networks have been chosen as a commercial application in VirtuWind because wind has now established itself as a common, sustainable way of generating energy. By reducing capital requirements and operational costs in control network infrastructures, VirtuWind will play an important role in achieving cost reductions in the wind energy sector.
Worldsensing brings its expertise in wireless monitoring of infrastructures and deployed its wireless monitoring solution to send real-time data to VirtuWind’s Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) systems. The project, located in Brande, Denmark, aims to increase operational efficiency and improve monitoring capabilities of remote on-shore wind turbines.
VirtuWind will develop and demonstrate virtualization (SDN & NFV) systems, based on open, modular and secure frameworks. The project will showcase a prototype in real wind parks as a use case that can be applied more generally in industrial networks. It will also help validate the economic viability of the solution.
“We have successfully tested our wireless monitoring solution with the SDN network of VirtuWind and we are planning to deploy it in off-shore wind parks in 2018,” says Ignasi Vilajosana, CEO of Worldsensing. “We are confident that our solution can be integrated with a variety of SDN networks and we are already working on expanding our wireless monitoring technology into other industries.”
As an expert in IIoT and operational intelligence, Worldsensing is integrating the powerful capabilities of its ultra low-power, long-range, remote sensing units to industrial backbone networks. It will be in a unique position to exploit the SDN and NFV capabilities and skills acquired in the project and apply it to business cases other than wind turbines, like CO2 reservoir monitoring, hydraulic fracturing monitoring & control, and structural health monitoring.
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 671648. To find out more, visit the VirtuWind website.
Worldsensing is a widely recognized global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the Barcelona-based technology provider delivers Operational Intelligence to traditional industries and cities. With over 80 employees and offices in Barcelona, London and Los Angeles, Worldsensing is globally active and has customers in over 50 countries on 5 continents.