Tuesday, 11th December 2018

Nordex Group adopts IoT to manage clean-energy wind farms

Software AG's Cumulocity IoT has been selected by The Nordex Group, a global manufacturer of innovative onshore wind turbines. The Nordex Group manages clean-energy wind farms based on sensor data. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, the company plans to connect and monitor its 6,800 existing wind turbines, using Cumulocity IoT as a platform for digitising their wind farms.

The Nordex Group supports wind turbine projects around the world that can generate huge amounts of electricity from the kinetic power of the wind, which is free of carbon emissions and can be used to meet clean energy targets as well as replace aging nuclear and coal-fired power stations. Nordex Group systems currently deliver more than 23 GW of sustainable energy each year and can be found in more than 80% of the world’s energy market (excluding China).

Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT is an open and independent, device agnostic platform supporting more than 150 pre-integrated devices and 300+ industrial protocols. It is fully distributed and available across cloud, on-premises and edge. It provides enterprises with comprehensive integration capabilities that bring short-term co-existence with legacy process along with leading edge IoT data processing capabilities. Cumulocity IoT Edge is a single-server version of the market-leading Cumulocity IoT cloud platform with extensions and modifications that enable customers to do on-site integration of business apps.

Stefan Ewald, CIO of Nordex, said: “Our wind turbines have set quality and innovation standards for decades. Being able to access the vast dataset from our wind turbines globally in real-time will enable us to generate new services and drive operational efficiency. The Nordex Group has already introduced digital products to upgrade and improve turbine performance over lifetime. We are confident that Cumulocity IoT is the best partner and product to further strengthen our digitalisation strategy.”

Using Cumulocity IoT, the company will further digitise its business, offering its clients full-service monitoring that enables them to optimise the performance of their wind turbines and capture the full potential of the investments.

Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO, Software AG, noted: “The energy sector is highly competitive. By combining Cumulocity IoT with wind turbines, the Nordex Group can set up a real-time remote management and centralised monitoring system, using the same software architecture from the edge to the cloud – a unique competitive advantage. IoT delivers innovation to Nordex’ business through smart technologies, connected devices, and endpoints. We are very happy to support our partner in serving the needs of their customers even better.”

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