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LogiLube Trial New Big Data Analytic Solutions for Wind Turbines
LARAMIE, WY (October 31, 2017)
LogiLube, LLC, a Laramie, Wyoming-based technology company has entered into an agreement with electric utility Rocky Mountain Power for a field pilot of LogiLube’s SmartGear™ Gearbox Condition Monitoring technology.
The technology will be applied to three wind turbine drivetrains at Rocky Mountain Power’s 99-
megawatt High Plains Wind Project which is located on both sides of the Albany and Carbon
county border near McFadden, Wyoming. The project, which contains sixty-six 1.5 megawatt
turbines, began operations in September 2009.
LogiLube’s SmartGear™ technology provides real-time lube oil condition monitoring (OCM),
predictive analytics of lubricant remaining-useful-life (RUL), automated collection of in-service
lube oil and lubricant filter status. Real-time condition-based monitoring, combined with
fleetwide data analytics and real-time reporting, helps wind park operators avoid costly
downtime and unnecessary maintenance. Maintenance plans previously based on a calendar
schedule can now be tailored to be implemented on an “as-needed” basis.
“The resulting innovative solutions could greatly enhance the reliability of wind energy
equipment, further reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCoE),” said LogiLube CEO Bill
LogiLube began operations in 2013 at the University of Wyoming’s (UW) Wyoming Technology
Business Center (WTBC) entrepreneur incubator. LogiLube is currently sponsoring several UW
Senior Design Projects directly related to advancing the state of wind energy equipment
reliability. LogiLube will assist students with their Senior Design Projects by providing them
access to challenging real-world engineering and business applications like applying ‘smart
solutions’ to the High Plains Wind Project.
“Not only are we providing students with an opportunity to work on real-world problems, we are
trying them out for size to see if they are a good fit for our company as potential employees. We
will continue to work with universities, both locally and around the world, to develop the skills
needed to compete in an ever-changing landscape of Big Data predictive analytics, machine
learning and artificial intelligence (AI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) based sensors and
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business models,” adds Gillette.
In April 2017, Rocky Mountain Power unveiled Energy Vision 2020, a $3.5 billion project that
will add new wind generation, upgrade existing wind farms and construct new transmission. This
plan will help diversify Wyoming’s economy, create jobs and add to the tax base. These
investments mark a major expansion of the amount of clean, renewable energy serving Rocky
Mountain Power customers, and will meet customer needs and improve customer value.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has said that Rocky Mountain Power’s Energy Vision 2020 is an
ambitious plan that will diversify Wyoming's economy, expand markets, present workforce
training opportunities, add jobs and will strengthen the tax base in local communities.
LogiLube, LLC is a Wyoming-based technology company focused on Big Data predictive
analytics and machine learning in the field of intelligent machine health. Initial markets are wind
energy and O&G midstream natural gas compression/transmission. SmartGear™ is a patented
real-time oil condition monitoring technology platform that uses edge analytics to continuously
scan for potential dangerous conditions with wind turbine gearboxes. Similarly, LogiLube’s
SmartOil™ platform is a machine mounted oil condition monitoring system focused on oil and
gas applications such as natural gas-fired engines and reciprocating compressors used for natural
gas compression and transmission. For more information, visit www.logilube.com.
About Rocky Mountain Power
Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million
customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The company works to meet customers’ growing
electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Rocky Mountain Power is part
of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States. More information
can be found at rockymountainpower.net.