Special to QCS
Mesalands Community College’s North American Wind Research and Training Center (NAWRTC) recently received a software program and 30 client applications for student use, valued at approximately $230,000 from OSIsoft, a privately held company with worldwide operations that manufactures the PI System.
The PI System is the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure, used for management of real-time data and events.
“Our PI System is used worldwide on wind farms for monitoring and will give not only students but researchers real-time and historical data to use in monitoring turbine performance and reliability,” OSIsoft CEO, Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy said during a presentation at Mesalands’ campus.
Kimberly Musgrove, a wind energy student at Mesalands, says she was impressed by Dr. Kennedy’s presentation on the PI System.
“I honestly was amazed to hear from Dr. Kennedy about the many capabilities of this software,” Musgrove said. “It will definitely help us in our future careers.”
Many wind farms are utilizing advanced data monitoring systems such as the PI System. The PI System collects information from 500 data points including the temperature, wind speed, current and voltage output, mechanical, electrical, and vibration. The data will then be analyzed for trends to see if the college needs to take preventive measures.
OSIsoft also donated 30 client applications for Mesalands students to use with the ability to monitor 20,000 actual or calculated data points on the college’s 1.5 megawatt wind turbine.