The Lightning Monitoring System (LM-S) from Phoenix Contact detects and analyzes in real time the magnitude, duration, number, and other parameters of surge current events caused by lightning strikes. Detailed lightning analysis can be an effective input to asset management systems to optimize the inspection intervals for wind turbine blades, as well as appraise damage requiring immediate attention. This can result in performance improvements by reducing turbine downtime and increasing availability. This has important implications as wind turbines become larger and are located in more access remote areas such as offshore applications.
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