Efficient wind power generation worldwide
Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures’ portfolio company eologix combines expertise and markets with the Australian technology company Ping to offer customers worldwide a holistic product family and portfolio that is unique in the wind power generation market. The joint system will be the only one on the market to provide customers with a comprehensive picture of the rotor blade condition in real time.
The two sensor technology companies eologix sensor technology gmbh (“eologix”) and the Australian Ping Services Pty Ltd (“Ping”) are merging and combining their innovative strength to become the leading provider of solutions for the continuous condition monitoring of wind turbines. The strategic merger complements the international markets, making a unique product family available to customers all over the world.
“This strategic merger is further proof and a milestone for the market-leading technology of eologix. Together with Australia’s Ping, eologix will be able to combine expertise and customer focus to offer customers worldwide what is important in the field of wind power generation,” says Marcus Böker, Managing Director at Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures. “In 2016, eologix was our first investment with Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures. It’s great to see the eologix success story continue.”
In addition to existing applications such as blade damage detection, icing measurement, pitch angle measurement and lightning detection, the future combined system will also offer additional applications such as monitoring and reporting on the current condition of the rotor blade – e.g. for early damage detection.
Thomas Schlegl, CEO of eologix, explains that by combining their strengths, the joint system will be the only one on the market to provide customers with a comprehensive, real-time picture of the condition and operation of the rotor blades. This enables operators to detect and react to problems at an early stage, thus avoiding unnecessary downtime and high repair costs. “The collaboration between the two systems enables a holistic assessment of the condition and operation of rotor blades that has never before been offered by a single company,” says Thomas Schlegl.
Ping will retain its location in Australia, while eologix will also remain based in Austria. Both companies will serve the global market. While the merger will take effect immediately, the first joint product will be launched under the joint company name in 2023.
eologix sensor technology is an Austrian company that provides comprehensive insights into rotor blades during operation in order to reduce production losses, extend the service life of components and ensure the safe operation of wind turbines. The autonomous sensors are installed directly on the rotor blade and measure things such as icing, surface temperature, tilt angle, vibrations and more.
About Ping Services
Ping is a company that monitors the rotor blades of wind turbines. The continuous sound measurement enables the early detection of damage to the rotor blades and makes it possible to optimize the maintenance of the rotor blades and the operation of the wind turbine. The monitoring system is attached to the tower and can be easily retrofitted. The ping system can also detect ice formation on the rotor blade, detect lightning events by recording magnetic fields and detect structural damage within the rotor blade.
About eologix and Ping Services
With almost 2000 wind turbines equipped with eologix and ping systems in 27 countries, eologix and Ping continue to work on equipping an ever-increasing number of wind turbines for optimal energy production and a green energy transition.
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