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MEMS sensors from ADI to equip smarter, safer wind turbines


March 13, 2023

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

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WILMINGTON, Mass. Semiconductor maker Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced that green-technology company Envision Energy (Shanghai, China -- a subsidiary of Envision Group) is adopting ADI's MEMS [microelectromechanical sensor] technology in the new generation of Envision Energy smart wind turbines. 

Under the terms of the ADI-Envision agreement, advanced MEMS sensors from ADI will add intellligence to the turbines that will enable new levels of wind-turbine safety through enhanced real-time monitoring of vibration, tilt, and other information that can be used to inform safer windmill operation and design.

The collaboration, according to the companies' statement, will introduce predictive-maintenance technology into the core control of smart wind turbines, which is accomplished by using ADI’s precision inertial measurement unit (IMU) and low-noise, low-drift accelerometers on different positions of the tower barrel to monitor the key states of the wind tower barrel in real time and employed to inform danger-revention measures.


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