GL Garrad Hassan Announces New WindHelm Portfolio Manager Software Tool (UK)

Owners and operators are under increasing pressure to reduce operational costs while improving the efficiency of their wind farm portfolios. GL Garrad Hassan has developed a new software tool to help facilitate this. WindHelm provides a single platform for the monitoring, optimisation and control of any combination of operational turbines, farms and portfolios.

It gives owners and operators uniform access to, and analysis of, their SCADA data. This facilitates intelligent operational decisions, therefore maximising availability, efficiency, production and financial return. WindHelm was officially launched today at the European Wind Energy Association conference currently taking place in Brussels.

WindHelm was developed out of GL Garrad Hassan’s leading independent SCADA product and so clients benefit from the related international consulting experience and can be confident of a robust and intelligent product, and world-class support.

With a rich reporting environment and an advanced analysis engine, WindHelm enables clients to get real value out of their wind farm data. Experts from GL Garrad Hassan’s SCADA and asset management and optimisation teams have worked together to offer a broad range of reports, based on their significant experience helping clients around the world to effectively manage and optimise their assets. WindHelm also offers the flexibility of user-defined reports for clients that would prefer to conduct their own advanced analyses.

Key features:

* Instant access to “near real time” data via a single user interface accessible from any web browser

* No software dongles required or equipment required at project sites

* Capable of managing any volume and combination of turbines

* Fully compatible with any SCADA system with an ODBC interface, including all existing GH SCADA systems

* Ability to send event alerts and status messages via email, mobile phone or pager to facilitate rapid remediation of problems

* A full range of summary and detailed operational reports to facilitate optimisation including power curves, availability, meteorological data, faults/events, efficiency, actual v expected production

* Access to KPIs via a portfolio dashboard

* An advanced analysis engine for forensic analysis and trending of available data at the turbine, project and portfolio level

* Accommodates component taxonomies for standardisation and benchmarking of fault analysis

* Taxonomy from the RELIAWIND project included as standard

* Supports regulatory performance metric reporting

* Multiple output formats – HTML, CSV and compatible with Crystal Reports

* Ability to import Excel templates

About GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan is one of the world’s largest dedicated renewable energy consultancies and a recognised technical authority on the subject. It offers independent technical and engineering services, products, and training courses to the onshore and offshore wind, wave, tidal and solar sectors. Although the GL Garrad Hassan name is new, the company has a rich heritage. It is borne of the integration of specialist companies that, united, form the renewable energy consulting division of the GL Group. GL Garrad Hassan is a consulting company; it has no equity stake in any device or project. This rule of operation is central to its philosophy, something which sets it apart from many of its competitors. For further information, please visit


Source: gl-garradhassan, March 16, 2011