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Final publishable report on Contract No JOR3-CT98-0296

The aim of the project was to develop a "Generic Wind Farm Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System" for the wind energy industry. SCADA is a computer-based system that allows local and remote control of basic wind turbine functions and collects data from the wind farm that can be used to analyse and report on the operational performance. The project achieved the development of a system that will communicate with all turbine types and calculate and store performance data in a consistent way. It incorporates a Remote Interface Unit to communicate directly with the turbine controllers and a site communications network based on an industry-standard protocol. The system runs on Windows NT and has extensive reporting facilities that allow users to build customised reports from standard, verified options. Extensive laboratory tests have been carried out and pilot tests have taken place on a commercial wind farm in the UK. The completed system is available as a commercial product.

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