Airtricity chooses Power Measurement to monitor energy production at wind farm

VICTORIA, BC, Feb. 13, 2004 — Green energy firm Airtricity has chosen an ION® enterprise energy management system from Power Measurement to monitor electricity production at its Corneen wind park in Ireland. Located on the Slieve Rushen Mountain in County Cavan, the site’s two 1.5 megawatt wind turbines produce three megawatts of clean electricity for the Irish electricity grid – enough power to serve approximately 2,000 households.

To maximize the efficiency, reliability and power quality of this installation, Power Measurement’s regional representative, Premium Power, has equipped each turbine with one ION 7600(tm) intelligent energy meter.

The meters then report back to a PC workstation running Power Measurement’s ION Enterprise(tm) software at the Airtricity headquarters in Dublin. According to Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive of Airtricity, this energy management system performs three primary functions: advanced power-quality analysis, condition monitoring, and revenue-certified energy metering.

“At Corneen, we’re using some of the most advanced wind turbine technology available, so when we considered metering equipment, we wanted something equally capable,” said O’Connor. “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.”

Reliable communications are also important because, like many wind farms, the remote location of the Corneen installation makes each site visit an expensive and time-consuming process. Fortunately the ION 7600 offers several flexible communications options that can accommodate remote monitoring and control in several ways, including modem over landline or satellite. And to accommodate future upgrades and expansion, each meter can send status reports and alarms via e-mail over Ethernet, and even host its own onboard web page.

With advanced power-quality analysis, condition monitoring, and revenue-certified energy metering, the ION enterprise energy management system is a vital component of this innovative wind farm application, helping to maximize the potential of wind as a renewable source of clean, reliable electricity.

For more information, contact Power Measurement at 1-250-652-7100, or visit www.pwrm.com. (For more on Premium Power, visit www.premiumpower.ie)

About Airtricity:

Airtricity was established in 1997 to develop wind energy in Ireland and abroad, and is currently developing wind farms in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK, and USA. As an integrated utility, the company is both a generator and supplier of electricity. The company currently supplies green renewable electricity to 30,000 commercial customers in both ROI & NI and has operational wind farms in Donegal, Sligo, Cavan and Wicklow. (www.airtricity.com)

About Power Measurement:

Power Measurement is a provider of enterprise energy management systems for energy suppliers and consumers worldwide. The company’s ION® web-ready software and intelligent energy meters comprise a complete real-time information and control network that helps improve power quality, reduce energy costs and keep operations running enterprise-wide, 24 hours a day.


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