Humans have the remarkable propensity to think of outrageous, seemingly impossible ideas into reality. We’ve harnessed the wind and even the sun itself to do our bidding.
The machine used to harness to channel the energy of the wind is called a windmill.
A windmill is a mill that converts wind energy into rotational energy. It is a contraption where blades are attached at one end to a hub so that when the wind moves them, this hub is the centre of the circle the blades create. It is an inexhaustible source of energy and can be used for various functions like grinding grain, pumping water and sawing wood. Modern windmills are even capable of converting the wind’s kinetic energy into electric energy.
Is it possible to gain finer control of what the wind accomplishes? The answer is yes. The answer is IoT.
There are plans to set up IoT devices on windmills that will be connected to the Cloud(base of operations) where the client can observe the windmills as though they are sitting there without having to brave the rough terrain and almost no connectivity.
So why do windmills need to be equipped with IoT?
Well, windmills are often located remotely, away from civilization because to harness the wind into usable energy, it needs to be strong and unhindered by obstacles that can break their speed such as buildings and trees. A large stretch of land where wind can blow freely is a preferred location and this makes it difficult to keep a tab on how the windmills are performing. If it were known which windmills are performing well and which aren’t and why, certain corrective measures can be taken to avoid losses and get optimum production.
This is where IoT comes in, with its ability to connect mundane devices over long distances with an Internet connection. With this setup, it’s possible to see exactly how any device is doing at any given moment of time with a simple tap on a phone screen.
In fact, there is IoT-based technology that can analyse data received from the windmills and offer predictions by recognizing patterns. Actions can be taken even before the problem actually occurs.
The installed device measures the following quantities:
- Energy data
- Weather data
- Wind conditions
- Rotating speeds
- Asset management (eg. , Other assets)
- Any other assets can be monitored
With all the relevant information in hand, corrective measures and new innovations are easy to do.