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Bachmann Wins Tender for the Biggest Swiss Wind Farm Juvent SA

Rudolstadt, Germany – Bachmann Monitoring GmbH , a company specialized in condition monitoring systems (CMS), was awarded the contract in November following a call for tenders by Juvent SA and its main shareholder, the BKW Group.

The internationally active energy and infrastructure enterprise has chosen Bachmann to equip the biggest Swiss wind farm Juvent with the Omega Guard CMS. The wind farm is situated on the heights of Mont Crosin and Mont Soleil in the Bernese Jura, and comprises 16 Vestas V90 and V112 wind turbines.

With The CMS the data from all the rotating power transmission components – main bearing, generator and gears – will be constantly diagnosed by means of the web-based system. According to Bachman Monitoring, this means that it will be possible to plan repairs for each and every one of the 16 turbines that were put into operation between 2010 and 2016 in good time. This not only saves money for service team logistics but also prevents long downtimes and the possibility that minor defects can turn into very expensive consequential damages. “We particularly like the collaborative partnership because it means that in future we can also manage all the data ourselves”, says Johannes Vogel, managing director of JUVENT SA.

A strategic partnership has also recently been agreed in Germany between Berlin-based BKW Wind Service GmbH and Bachmann Monitoring. After an extensive test of the CMS, BKW Deutschland decided to embark on a path to establishing health monitoring for its wind turbines together with Bachmann Monitoring. BKW’s German operation currently operates ten wind farms. The test phase saw its wind farm in Bockelwitz, Saxony, equipped with the Bachmann CMS. Other wind farms will follow.

Source: IWR Online, 10 Nov 2017