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Real-Time Embedded Controller Makes Offshore Wind Power Reliable

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Executive Summary

The wind power industry is booming, driven by global demand for clean, renewable sources of energy. AREVA Multibrid GmbH, a leader in wind power plants, has teamed with Beckhoff, a leader in embedded industrial automation, to solve many of the reliability issues associated with generating wind power at sea. An embedded controller, running Windows Embedded CE and motion control software, has transformed the Multibrid M5000 wind turbine into a fully automated, self-monitoring energy plant. Windows Embedded CE offers a high-confidence software platform that supports differentiation through innovation and connectivity to enterprise systems. Six M5000 turbines, capable of powering up to 50,000 German households, were recently installed in a North Sea test site, where they reliably and efficiently generate clean energy with predictable service intervals.

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