The Met Office’s recently-enhanced VisualEyes™ product will provide Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (formerly RWE Innogy) with forecasts to keep on-site personnel safe and eliminating avoidable weather delays by planning the most cost-efficient maintenance schedules.
VisualEyes™ is an intuitive web-based weather monitoring and alerting system which will enable Innogy Renewables UK Ltd to monitor both current and forecast weather conditions across 36 of its sites across the UK, including onshore wind, hydro sites and one offshore wind site. Accessible via a dedicated web portal, Innogy Renewables UK Ltd will use VisualEyes™ both in their Wind Control Centre in Swindon where it is displayed 24/7 to help with remote site monitoring and maintenance planning, and on-site, helping to protect engineering staff from potentially hazardous weather such as lightning strikes and wind gusts. VisualEyes™ is accessible on smartphones and tablets giving field-based personnel the latest guidance on impending weather conditions and advance warnings of any possible safety risks.
Adam Oxley, UK Wind Control Centre Manager from Innogy Renewables UK Ltd commented: “We have worked really closely with the Met Office throughout the development of the upgraded VisualEyesTM system. The new design is impressive and some of the added features such as ‘SmartWindows’ and the improved map layer animations have become essential tools when planning our operations and maintenance. We look forward to continue working closely with the Met Office in the future”.
Patrick Sachon, Head of Energy at the Met Office added: “We are delighted Innogy Renewables UK Ltd have chosen our upgraded VisualEyes™ product. It has been developed in conjunction with customers in the energy industry such as Innogy Renewables UK Ltd, and gives safety-critical weather information , allowing engineering managers and site personnel to stay informed and make crucial on-the-ground decisions wherever they are.”
In addition, the Met Office is announcing its attendance at WindEnergy Hamburg later this month where there will be live demonstrations of the upgraded VisualEyes™ product.