In 1900, Nikola Tesla wrote an article for Century Magazine describing a “world system” of wireless communications that could send telephone messages, news, music, and pictures to any part of the world.
Tesla was way ahead of his time and we’re the ones lucky enough to watch this prophecy unfold.
The past few decades have been full of ideas to generate power but with too many logistical difficulties. Solar, wind and hydropower are capable of gifting humans and other beings a chance to turn the tide against global warming but have so far been too expensive and unwieldy for it to become a global phenomenon.
Even after installation, servicing and correcting any failures is not easy to do because of the troubles that accompany traveling to a remote location.
Now, however, data scientists have come up with a key to this problem called the Internet of Things. IoT, as this phenomenon is known, creates a network of mundane device via an Internet connection.
Basically, IoT makes it possible for a person to switch off a light from a remote location and even determine the temperature of their home. The same concept is applied on a much larger scale in industries of any kind. Windmills, for instance, is an excellent way to generate electricity.
IoT enabled windmills will literally be a breath of fresh air for all of us. An area of land which has clusters of windmills or wind turbines is called a wind farm. They are typically installed in locations away from civilization as the best way to harvest energy is to use it at its highest speed. In crowded places, the wind loses pace when it encounters obstacles like buildings.
Wind Farm operators can easily monitor the turbines, switches, software or equipment from a distant location. Any problems can be observed in real time and sometimes warnings may be sent before the problem actually occurs.
We can deploy any of the following medium of communication based on the ease and availability:
- 3G, 4G network
- Point to point outdoor wifi router
- VSAT communication
- Fiber network pole to pole
Additional toppings can be added to this arrangement in remote locations for the following data:
- Weather data
- Alarms when certain thresholds are breached
- Wind conditions • Rotating speeds
- Asset management (eg. Transformer meter, other assets)
- If transformer meter is to be monitored
- Any other assets can be monitored
This can enable a complete IoT solution which taps into data generated at windmill farms.