Company that breaks the sound barrier to wind turbine condition monitoring flies the flag for Finland clean energy consortium at Glasgow expo

A company that has developed a new system for monitoring condition of wind turbine blades and tower structure is one of a group of carbon-free energy companies from Sweden and Finland taking part in a British renewable energy exhibition this week in Glasgow.

The AuresSound™ system monitors 24/7 the sound of wind turbine and analyses the data and sends alarms to the operator if anything is detected.

Wind turbines make small but distinctive sounds that can be detected when monitored from close proximity. Installation of the monitoring unit does not need anything on blades or hub and can be done in a few hours for each individual turbine.  

The system – which also provides comprehensive compliance data for the wind park – has been developed by Finnish company, APL Systems Oy, which is a member of the Cleantech Kvarken consortium, a joint venture involving over 130 companies in West Finland and North Sweden supported by the EU funded INTERREG programme.

Despite Brexit, these companies are keen to do business with Scotland and UK. They have created a trans-national cluster and are now looking to reach out even more internationally.

An Edinburgh-based spokesman for the consortium explained: “The Cleantech Kvarken project aims at strengthening the preconditions for SMEs in the clean-tech sector to do business on the regional, national and international markets by cross-border cooperation and joint export initiatives.

“This is done through Finnish – Swedish co-operation between cities, municipalities and companies, increasing the co-operation between the cleantech companies in the Kvarken region, executing joint export initiatives to markets both inside and outside the Nordic countries as well as attracting investments and establishment of new companies to the regions.

“They have identified Scotland as a particularly interesting and innovative place for extending the horizons of their project beyond the Nordic countries.”

In addition, the Cleantech Finland Bioenergy CFB concept – which comprises 11 Finnish companies who provide

biomass value supply chain including technology and know-how from the forest to a warm house – is also looking to develop new business partners in the UK.

The Cleantech Kvarken business directory can be found here: https://catalogue.cleantechkvarken.com

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