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Offshore wind is an exciting and growing clean energy source for the future.

Engineers have created state-of-the-art wind turbine installations that are built to endure in the rough environment of the sea.

However, the operation of offshore wind farms still presents certain specific challenges that can be very costly if not handled correctly.

One of these challenges is heightened humidity levels in the installations and the problems this causes.

Why you should monitor and address humidity levels 

Increased humidity levels in longer periods of time offer challenges to operators of wind farms in at least three ways:

  • Condensation can create a build-up of mold or fungi in towers, platforms, and turbines. This compromises air quality and creates unhealthy working conditions for service inspectors and technicians.
  • Even short periods of heightened humidity levels will increase the risk of corrosion to sensitive or mechanical parts of turbines which will reduce uptime and output and eventually shorten their lifetime.
  • Making sure humidity levels are at acceptable levels at all times is an expensive process of traveling to remote wind farms with expensive humidity detection equipment. While taking up a considerable part of maintenance budgets, the procedure can also be in vain, if condensation has already damaged installations.

However, these challenges might now just be a thing of the past. 

Save money on maintenance budgets with IoT asset monitoring

An IoT data tracking solution is the simple and obvious answer to these issues.

With IoT asset monitoring, the high-precision relative humidity and temperature sensors built into the hardware will monitor humidity levels remotely from anywhere.

Data can be read in graphs on an online data portal, and operators can create compliance reports in just a few clicks.

If thresholds are exceeded, you can set up alarms to notify you and your service team directly. Instead of manual inspections, you can react to real data and send out teams to relevant places only – making them much more effective.

Learn more and see concrete data readings by getting our “IoT asset monitoring: advantages and use cases in clean energy from A-Z – in production, logistics, and operation”

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Offshore wind turbines are designed to endure the rough environment of the sea.

But heightened humidity levels over time can create condensation that leads to corrosion or build-up of fungi and mold, resulting in unhealthy working conditions for service personnel.

With IoT asset monitoring, operators can save manual inspection tours on their maintenance budgets with remote tracking of high-precision humidity data.