Current challenges in access control to wind turbines

Digital access control for wind turbine generators

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When you enter a wind turbine you quickly realize that those multi-million assets are insufficiently protected against unauthorized access, as only standard (tumbler) locks are used. It is questionable whether this is proportionate, as reports on break-ins are a common sight in the media.

In addition, turbine manufacturers have been using the same master keys for a long time now. Inevitably, keys have been lost over time. A result is that today nobody can say with confidence who has a key and is able to enter a wind turbine. Proof that some keys have changed hands is publicly available on YouTube.

Wind farm operators are now looking at the problem that they are not able to effectively control access to their assets. At the same time, asset safety and security are main concerns to them as operators are the ones who are liable. In addition, only safe and secure operation without unplanned interruption provide the steady cash flow that investors are looking for.

Access control to wind turbines provide another challenge if you look at underlying processes. Today’s processes still show room for improvement as regards efficiency and cost.

Our new white paper takes a closer look at the challenges in access control that wind farm operators are confronted with today. TIMM currently develops a digital access control system for the wind industry both for onshore as well as offshore application. This system will help operators to solve the previously mentioned challenges.