February 9, 2004

Canadian technology monitors energy production at Irish wind farm

Power Management, in Victoria, BC, reports that Airtricity, a green energy firm in Ireland, has chosen the company's Ion Enterprise(tm) energy management system to monitor electricity production at its Corneen wind park in County Cavan, Ireland. The site's two 1.5-megawatt wind turbines produce enough power to serve approximately 2,000 households.

Power Measurement's regional representative, Premium Power, has equipped each turbine with an Ion 7600 intelligent energy meter. The meters transmit data back to a workstation running Power Measurement's Ion Enterprise software at Airtricity's headquarters in Dublin.

Airtricity chief executive Eddie O'Connor says this energy management system performs three primary functions: advanced power-quality analysis, condition monitoring and revenue-certified energy metering. "In addition to metering the output of each turbine, each ION 7600 monitors vital operating conditions such as temperature, oil pressure, and critical vibration levels. With this information, we can ensure that each turbine is operating as efficiently as possible, schedule maintenance appropriately, and respond quickly to any potentially disruptive conditions," he adds.

Reliable communications are also important because, like many wind farms, the remote location of the Corneen installation makes actual site visits expensive and time-consuming. The Ion 7600 offers communications features which can accommodate remote monitoring and control in several ways, including modem over landline or satellite. Each meter can also send status reports and alarms by E-mail over Ethernet, and even host its own onboard Web page.

More information is available from Terry Tobin at Power Measurement, 250/652-7100, FAX 250/652-0411, E-mail terry.tobin@pwrm.com, Web site www.pwrm.com.

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