April 2015

Capstone Infrastructure selects Brüel & Kjær Vibro for retrofit of Erie Shores facility wind turbines with condition monitoring

Capstone Infrastructure Corporation has awarded a retrofitting contract for its Erie Shores Wind Farm to Brüel & Kjær Vibro. The project involves installing a drive-train condition monitoring and diagnostics solution for the 66 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines on site. The 99 MW wind farm, operating since 2006 and representing approximately 2.8% of Ontario’s installed wind power capacity, is located on the north shore of Lake Erie near the town of Port Burwell, Ontario.

The comprehensive retrofit project includes a three-year contract with Brüel & Kjær Vibro to take care of all fault detection monitoring, diagnostics and action reports for the wind turbines. The scope of work also includes training and certification of Capstone’s own technicians in installing and maintaining the monitoring system hardware in the wind turbines.

John Kirby, Director of Operations at Erie Shores Wind Farm, says his organization is focused on quality and delivery performance, and emphasizes that an effective condition monitoring solution is an essential part of this strategy. This retrofit is the result of very close collaboration between the two organizations in assessing the wind farm’s requirements and providing the most suitable monitoring solution and service based on these needs.