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VestasOnline® Business

VestasOnline® Compact
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Operator’s Manual

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Table of Contents
1 About VestasOnline® Business and this Manual ............................... 1
1.1 Introduction .......................................................................................................... 1
1.2 Available Documentation ................................................................................... 3
1.3 Intended Audience............................................................................................... 3
1.4 System Requirements .......................................................................................... 3
1.5 Automatic updates ............................................................................................... 4
1.6 Additional Documentation ................................................................................. 4
2 Getting Started ................................................................................... 5
2.1 Starting the VestasOnline® Business Client ...................................................... 5
2.2 Connecting to the Wind Power Plant ................................................................ 5
2.2.2 Using Connection Manager ...................................................................... 7
3 VestasOnline® Business Sites ........................................................ 15
3.1 Access Levels ...................................................................................................... 16
4 Introduction to the User Interface ..................................................... 17
4.1 Menu Bar ............................................................................................................. 17
4.1.1 Files Menu ................................................................................................. 18
4.1.2 View Menu................................................................................................ 18
4.1.3 Unit Menu (Dynamic Menu) .................................................................. 20
4.1.4 Configuration Menu ................................................................................ 20
4.1.5 Help Menu ................................................................................................ 24
4.2 Toolbar ................................................................................................................. 24
5 Graphical Park Layout ..................................................................... 26
5.1 Navigation and User Interaction ..................................................................... 26
5.2 Navigation Tree .................................................................................................. 26
5.3 Main Window - Displaying the Right-click Menu for Units........................ 27
5.4 Main Window - Mouse-over Information ...................................................... 28
5.5 Main Window - Selecting Units ....................................................................... 29
5.5.1 Selecting Unit Icon in the Toolbar ......................................................... 29
5.6 Zooming and Relocating Park Units ............................................................... 29
5.6.1 Zoom Icon ................................................................................................. 29
5.6.2 Relocation Icon ......................................................................................... 30
5.7 Language Icon .................................................................................................... 30
5.8 Status Bar ............................................................................................................. 31
5.8.1 Status Line ................................................................................................. 31
5.8.2 Communication Indicators ..................................................................... 31
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6 Plant Units ....................................................................................... 40


6.1 Wind Turbines .................................................................................................... 40
6.2 VestasOnline® Business Server ......................................................................... 41
6.3 Meteorological Stations ..................................................................................... 43
6.4 Grid Stations ....................................................................................................... 44
6.5 Substations .......................................................................................................... 44
7 Remote Operation of Wind Turbines ............................................... 45
7.1 Remote Operation Commands - Single Wind Turbine................................. 45
7.2 Remote Operation Commands - Group Control ........................................... 47
7.2.1 Commands ................................................................................................ 49
7.2.2 Status ......................................................................................................... 50
7.2.3 Password Protection of Remote Operation Group Commands ........ 50
8 Wind Power Plant Online Data ........................................................ 52
8.1 Park Overview .................................................................................................... 52
8.2 Park Summary .................................................................................................... 53
8.3 Trend Curves ...................................................................................................... 56
8.4 Active Alarms ..................................................................................................... 57
9 Wind Turbine Online Data................................................................ 59
9.1 Wind Turbines of the V-type Product Range ................................................. 59
9.1.1 General Conventions for Navigation .................................................... 60
9.1.2 Indicators in Online Data Windows...................................................... 60
9.1.3 Status ......................................................................................................... 60
9.1.4 Trend Curves ............................................................................................ 62
9.1.5 Rotor .......................................................................................................... 65
9.1.6 Gearbox/Lubrication System .................................................................. 66
9.1.7 Cooling ...................................................................................................... 67
9.1.8 Generator .................................................................................................. 68
9.1.9 Hydraulics................................................................................................. 68
9.1.10 Yaw System (only available for VMP Global controllers).................. 69
9.1.11 Temperature ............................................................................................. 71
9.1.12 Transformer .............................................................................................. 73
9.1.13 Counters .................................................................................................... 74
9.1.14 System........................................................................................................ 75
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9.2 Wind Turbines of the NM-Type Product Range ........................................... 75


9.2.1 General Conventions for Navigation .................................................... 76
9.2.2 Status ......................................................................................................... 76
9.2.3 Temperatures............................................................................................ 77
9.2.4 Grid ............................................................................................................ 77
9.2.5 Production................................................................................................. 77
9.2.6 Counters .................................................................................................... 78
9.2.7 TOI (Turbine Output Input) ................................................................... 79
10 Meteorological Station ..................................................................... 80
10.1 Online Data ......................................................................................................... 80
11 Grid Station ...................................................................................... 82
11.1 Online Data ......................................................................................................... 82
12 Server Menu Overview .................................................................... 83
12.1 Online Overview Menu..................................................................................... 84
12.2 Reporting Menu ................................................................................................. 84
12.3 Maintenance Menu ............................................................................................ 84
12.4 Administration Menu ........................................................................................ 84
12.5 Information Menu .............................................................................................. 85
12.6 Notes .................................................................................................................... 85
12.6.1 Displaying Notes ..................................................................................... 85
12.6.2 Creating, Editing and Deleting Notes ................................................... 87
12.6.3 Notes in Server Logbook ........................................................................ 90
13 Reporting ......................................................................................... 91
13.1 General Information About the Reporting Modules .................................... 92
13.1.1 Reporting Tools ........................................................................................ 92
13.1.2 Outputting Reports.................................................................................. 93
13.2 Report Generator ................................................................................................ 97
13.2.1 Standard Reports ..................................................................................... 98
13.2.2 Historical Reports .................................................................................. 100
13.2.3 Event Reports ......................................................................................... 101
13.3 Report Archive ................................................................................................. 117
13.3.1 Filtering Reports..................................................................................... 118
13.3.2 Viewing Reports..................................................................................... 119
13.3.3 Editing Reports....................................................................................... 121
13.3.4 Removing Reports ................................................................................. 122
13.3.5 Regenerating Reports ............................................................................ 122
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13.4 Power/Wind Curves ........................................................................................ 123


13.5 Wind/Energy Roses.......................................................................................... 137
13.6 Collected Data Viewer ..................................................................................... 141
13.6.2 Calculated Columns .............................................................................. 143
13.6.3 Saving the Current Report as Template ............................................. 146
13.7 Data Export ....................................................................................................... 148
13.8 Logbooks ........................................................................................................... 148
13.8.1 Results ..................................................................................................... 148
13.8.2 Events ...................................................................................................... 149
13.8.3 Park Units................................................................................................ 152
13.8.4 Time Period............................................................................................. 152
13.8.5 Park Log .................................................................................................. 153
13.8.6 Advanced Data Selection ...................................................................... 155
13.8.7 Sorting, Grouping and Filtering in the Logbook Table .................... 156
13.8.8 Statistics Log ........................................................................................... 159
14 Notifications, Alarms and Logbooks ............................................... 161
14.1 How Do Alarms and Warnings Appear? ..................................................... 161
14.2 Visual Indication .............................................................................................. 162
14.2.1 Unit icon .................................................................................................. 162
14.2.2 Plant Notification Icon .......................................................................... 163
14.3 Audible Alert .................................................................................................... 163
14.4 Getting an Overview of Current Alarms and Warnings ............................ 163
14.4.1 Active Alarms ......................................................................................... 164
15 Plant Notification Window .............................................................. 165
15.1 Configuration.................................................................................................... 166
15.2 Plant Notification Icon ..................................................................................... 167
15.3 Information in the Plant Notification Window............................................ 167
15.3.1 Column View.......................................................................................... 167
15.4 Toolbar ............................................................................................................... 169
15.4.1 Align ........................................................................................................ 170
15.4.2 Max. Elements in List ............................................................................ 170
15.5 Acknowledgement of Notifications ............................................................... 170
15.6 Wiping Notifications ....................................................................................... 172
15.7 Sorting, Grouping and Filtering in the Plant Notification Window ......... 173
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16 Severity Levels (only relevant for V-type wind turbines) ................ 177
16.1 Implementation of OPC Severity Levels....................................................... 177
17 Acknowledgement of Alarms ......................................................... 178
17.1 Introduction of Alarms and Warnings .......................................................... 178
17.1.1 Alarms ..................................................................................................... 178
17.1.2 Warnings ................................................................................................. 178
18 Logbooks ....................................................................................... 180
18.1 Wind Turbines with VMP Controller ............................................................ 180
18.1.1 General Information for Logs............................................................... 180
18.1.2 Alarm Log ............................................................................................... 181
18.1.3 Warning Log ........................................................................................... 181
18.1.4 System Log .............................................................................................. 182
18.1.5 Operation Log ........................................................................................ 182
18.2 Wind Turbines with TAC-II Controller ........................................................ 183
18.2.1 Alarm Log ............................................................................................... 183
18.2.2 Statistical Log.......................................................................................... 183
18.2.3 Power Down Log ................................................................................... 184
19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ............................................... 185
20 Glossary......................................................................................... 187
21 Appendix A: Icons .......................................................................... 188
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1 About VestasOnline® Business / Compact and


this Manual
1.1 Introduction
Welcome to the VestasOnline® SCADA solution for remote control and
monitoring of Vestas wind turbines and wind power plants.
This manual comprises both the VestasOnline® Business and VestasOnline®
Compact solutions. Unless specifically outlined, ‘VestasOnline® Business’ (or
‘VOB’) will be used as the common term for the two solutions.
Note: In this manual, the term ‘VestasOnline® Business’ is used for both
VestasOnline® Business and VestasOnline® Compact systems, unless otherwise
specified.

VestasOnline® Business System Overview

Figure 1 – VestasOnline® Business - schematic system overview – including meteorology mast, grid station and
substation. There are three communication routes to the server: dial in, Ethernet and the internal fibre-optic cables in the
wind power plant.
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VestasOnline® Compact System Overview

Figure 2 – VestasOnline® Compact - schematic system overview. There are three communication routes to the server:
dial in, Ethernet and the internal fibre-optic cables in the wind power plant.

VestasOnline® Business offers a quick overview of the wind power plant’s


power production as well as a vast range of targeted functionality that enables
seamless integration of wind power plants into larger existing electrical
networks. In addition, the system constantly monitors and checks the status of
each individual turbine and provides wind power plant operators with accurate
data for optimisation of power production. Finally, the system’s extremely high
level of flexibility meets any requirement for customisation and reduces the
need for training of wind power plant operators to a minimum.
Note: The VestasOnline® Compact solution uses the VestasOnline® Business client
interface.
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1.2 Available Documentation


In addition to the Operator’s Manual, the VestasOnline® Business system also
includes a number of other manuals. See Additional Documentation, p. 4.
The VestasOnline® Business Operator’s Manual as well as all of the referenced
manuals are general manuals and describe a representative system
configuration. This means that some features and functionalities may not be
available or relevant in all installations and on all sites. Furthermore, a number
of functions requires special user access rights and may hence only be available
for users with the required access rights.
The data used for the presentation in this user manual is test data and is
primarily used for illustrating the features and functionalities of a VestasOnline®
Business solution.
Finally, if your system includes any customised solutions for power plant
control, integration of third-party products or the like, these topics will be
addressed in separate, targeted manuals.

1.3 Intended Audience


The VestasOnline® Business Operator’s Manual provides information on how to
use the VestasOnline® Business client application for monitoring and operation
of a wind power plant. It assumes that you have a working knowledge of your
computer and its standard operating conventions. The manual also assumes that
you have a general understanding of basic wind turbine terminology.

1.4 System Requirements


The minimum system requirements for the client PC are:
 1 GHz processor
 128 Mb RAM
 500 Mb free disk space
 Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise - 32 & 64 bit
 Microsoft Windows 7 - 32 & 64 bit
 Microsoft Windows 8 - 32 & 64 bit
 Microsoft Windows 10 - 32 & 64 bit
 Microsoft .NET Framework 4.51 or higher
 Port 5075 on a network firewall must be opened outbound for activation
of VestasOnline Business Client software license (not relevant if using a
hardware dongle).
Note: Administrator rights are required to run the VOB client application on Windows
Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 platforms.
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1.5 Hardware Dongle vs. Software License


The VestasOnline® Client 3.12 and newer is protected against unauthorized use
by either a USB hardware dongle or a software license.
The VestasOnline® Client first checks if a dongle is inserted in a USB port. If the
dongle is not inserted, the application will search for a valid software license. If
a software license has not been activated on the user’s computer, the user will be
prompted to activate a software license. As soon as the software license has been
activated, the application will not make a check for a hardware dongle.

1.6 Automatic Updates


The VestasOnline Business Client is a self-updating application as it incorporates the
ClickOnce technology. This secures that the VOB Client is updated whenever an
update is available from Vestas. The user can decide to update or postpone the
update.
Note: The ClickOnce technology replaces the previous LiveUpdate functionality
which is no longer relevant. Consequently, LiveUpdate is terminated.

1.7 Additional Documentation

Document no. Title


958879 Advanced Reporting Module Administration Manual

960500 User Management Manual

0052-3771 Client Installation Manual

963631 Data Export Manual

0011-8645 Load and Power Modes Manual


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2 Getting Started
Before you start using the VestasOnline® Business system, make sure that the
following issues have been completed:
 The VestasOnline® Business Client software package is downloaded and
installed on the operator’s computer.
 The VestasOnline® Business Client license product key is entered or a
valid dongle is inserted into the USB port of the operator’s computer.
 The modem or network connection is configured correctly.
 The wind power plant has been entered in Connection Manager.
 The user has been created in the User Management program.
Please refer to the VestasOnline® Client Installation Manual for detailed
information on installation and configuration of the client application software.
This manual also describes the Connection Manager function and the
procedures for the initial login to the system.
When the above items have been completed, VestasOnline® is ready for
operation.
Note: If your VOB client application is running on Windows Vista platform, select the
‘Windows Vista’ theme. Also select the ‘Aero’ appearance setting to ensure that all
turbine status icons will be shown in the client. Both settings are available from
Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization.

2.1 Starting the VestasOnline® Business Client


Choose Start > All Programs > Vestas > VestasOnline Client > VestasOnline.

Figure 3 - How to start up the VestasOnline® Business client.

2.2 Connecting to the Wind Power Plant


How to Connect to the Wind Power Plant

Choose Files > Connect to Park or click on the connect icon in the
VestasOnline® Business start-up screen (shown to the left) to open
the Connection Manager window.
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Figure 4 - The Connection Manager window.

1. Select the park name from the connections list and click on
the phone icon in the toolbar (shown to the left).
Alternatively, you can double-click the park name in
question.
If the requested park is missing in the list, it may be located in
another phonebook. You can select other phonebooks from the
Phone books drop-down list.
For details on the features in the Connection Manager window, see Using
Connection Manager, p. 7.
If you are connecting for the first time, or if the configuration of the wind power
plant has changed, you are prompted to download the new configuration.

Figure 5 – New Park Configuration dialog box.

It is not possible to continue with the current configuration, but you are allowed
to continue with the locally stored XY-coordinates for the units.
Note: Do not close this window using the system close button as this will disconnect
the connection to the wind power plant.
If any project-specific files have changed, you are prompted to download the
new files.
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Figure 6 – Download project-specific files dialog box.

You can download the new files or continue without the project-specific files or
any previously downloaded files. Vestas recommends that you always
download project-specific files in order to synchronise the local configuration
with the VestasOnline® Business server.

2.2.2 Using Connection Manager

Toolbar
The toolbar contains the following features:
Closes the Connection Manager window.

Opens the Import Connections window.

Opens the Export Connections window.

Lets you search and replace information in columns in selected


connections.

Lets you add a new connection to the list.

Deletes the selected connection(s) from the list.

Lets you edit the selected connection.

Connects to the selected connection.

Phone Books
Information about the communication setups to wind power plants can be
organised in one or more phone books.
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Phone books list existing phone books plus an All option that shows all
connections regardless of which phone book the connection is stored in. Manage
opens a window for adding, renaming or removing phone books.

Figure 7 – Managing phone books.

Filter On
You can use the filter to display entries by letter.
Select the column that should be sorted on and type a letter in Filter on. Only
entries that have this letter as the leading character in their name (Title) will be
shown. If you enter two or more letters, this is interpreted as one single filter
criterion and not as a conjunction of several individual criteria (AND /OR). For
example, entering “ba” will display “Barnsdale”, but not “Bear Lake”.
To filter on non-leading characters, include a “%” before the search criteria.
Not all columns can be used for filter criterions, only the columns that can be
sorted by pressing the column header can be used. If no column is selected, the
default filter column is “Title”.
It is possible to combine filtering on several columns by selecting and typing a
filter text on each column that should be a part of the filter. The last filter
criterion can be deleted entirely by pressing the Escape key.
The last column that has been used for a filter option will be stored locally on
the client installation and this column will be the default filter column next time
client is started.
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Dial-up Properties
These settings specify dial-up properties for modem connections.

How to Add a New Connection


Click the Add New Connection icon in the Connection Manager toolbar to open
the Connection Properties window.

Figure 8 – Connection Properties window – General tab.

In Title, give the connection a descriptive name.


In SCADA system, select VestasOnline® Business Server or VestasOnline®
Compact Server.
In Connection type, select the type of communication to the park: Dial-up (for a
modem connection), Network or Internet, Direct cable.
In Host address, enter the phone number for a modem connection or a host
address for a network/Internet connection.
In Modem, select the type of modem (if relevant)
In Background image, select a background image by clicking .
In Phone book, select in which phonebook you want the new connection.
Click OK.
Note: The Units and Advanced tabs contain information for configuration purposes and
will not be described in this manual.
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Column View
Column view allows you to customise the information displayed in the
Connection Manager window by including or excluding columns.

Figure 9 – Connection Manager window with Column view pane expanded.

When expanded, the Column view pane is located at the right side of the
window. You can collapse or expand the Column view pane by clicking the
collapse-expand area to the left of the Column view pane.

Collapse – Expand area

Figure 10 – Collapse-expand area in Column view pane.

To include an information column in the Connection Manager window, select


the corresponding item in the Column view pane. The columns selected by
default are shown above.
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A modification of the Column view setup only affects the client workstation in
question.

Sorting, Grouping and Filtering Information


In addition to the Column view function, the Connection Manager window
contains other tools for sorting and filtering information.

How to Sort Entries


To sort entries by column information, do as follows:
Click on a column header to sort the entries according to the selected column.
The first click sorts the entries in ascending order; a second click on the same
column header will reverse the sort order.
The sort order is indicated by a small triangle in the selected column.

Figure 11 – Sorting entries.

How to Group Entries


Alternatively, you can choose to group entries by applying multiple sorting
criteria.
To group entries, do as follows:
Drag column headers onto the grey area to establish the grouping criteria.
The entries are now grouped hierarchically.

Figure 12 – Grouping entries.


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To modify the grouping order, drag the column header to its new position.

Figure 13 - New position indicated by two green arrows.

To remove a grouping criterion, drag the column header out of the grey area.

How to Filter Entries


The filtering tool provides a targeted overview of entries as it lets you filter by
type in order to display only those entries that meet the filter criteria, e.g. all
entries relating to a unit type or all entries relating to a specific event code.
To filter entries, do as follows:
Select the drop-down list in a column header to produce a list of possible filter
criteria.

Figure 14 – Selecting filter criteria.

Select the wanted criteria from the list.


A “Custom” option is available for each column allowing you to combine
operators for a targeted filtering of information.
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Figure 15 - Custom filter operators.

When selecting a filter, only entries that meet the criteria will be displayed in the
window.

Figure 16 - Displaying filtered entries.

The current filtering criterion is listed in a grey bar that appears at the bottom of
the window. To remove the filter criteria and display all entries again, click on
the remove filter criteria icon.

Figure 17 – Filter criteria.


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How to Rearrange the Order of Columns


The order of the columns in the Connection Manager window can also be
modified.
Drag the wanted column to the new position in the column header row.
Two green arrows indicate the new position of the column.

Figure 18 – Dragging a column to a new position.

Release the mouse button when the column is placed at the wanted position.
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3 VestasOnline® Business Sites


In order to avoid unauthorised access to the system, all users are required to
identify themselves when accessing a VestasOnline® Business wind power plant.
All users must have an account in the system to be able to access the system
information. User accounts are created in the User Management program by the
system administrator.
VOB 3.8 and newer: When opening the VestasOnline® client for the first time
after installation of VOB, existing users are authenticated against a set of
Windows password settings configured on the Windows server. Thus, users are
asked to change password in accordance with the recommended password
settings:

Setting Recommendation
Enforce password history 12 passwords remembered. The
password must not have been used
by the same user within the last 12
months.

Maximum password age 90 days

Minimum password age 1 day

Minimum password length 8 characters

Password must meet complexity requirements Enabled. The password must contain
both capital and small letters.

Store passwords using reversible encryption Disabled

Table 1 – Recommended Windows password settings.

Figure 19 - The Password dialog box requires authentication of the user. To the right the password rules.
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As soon as you have entered a valid password, you are granted access by the
VestasOnline® Business Server (3.7) / Windows Server (3.8 and newer). Your
access level is indicated in the status bar at the bottom of the screen.

Figure 20 - The blue bars indicate the user’s access level - in this example access level 2.

If the password is not recognised by the security system, you are requested to
re-enter user name and password. In case of an invalid login, you will be
disconnected after the third login attempt and will have to reconnect.
It is possible to perform a re-login in case of user change. Click on the blue bars
and confirm that you want to change user before the login dialog box appears.
The current user is disconnected automatically.

Figure 21 – Confirm change of user.

For VestasOnline® Business solutions, menu items on the VestasOnline®


Business Server icon are managed individually for each user account by the site
administrator.

3.1 Access Levels


Access Gives access to
level
Level 1 Online data – Yes

Historical data from database – No

Sending commands to turbines - No

Level 2 Instantaneous data – Yes

Permitted historical data from database – Yes

Sending commands to turbines - No

Level 3 Instantaneous data – Yes

Permitted historical data from database – Yes

Sending commands to turbines - Yes

Level 4 Full access without any restrictions in accessing data or sending


commands. For super users and system administrators only.

Table 2 – Access levels.


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4 Introduction to the User Interface


The VestasOnline® Business user interface has been designed for optimum user-
friendliness. Most of the navigation methods used in VestasOnline® Business are
similar to those of other Windows applications allowing the user to navigate
intuitively in VestasOnline® Business.
This section describes the various components of the VestasOnline® Business
user interface.

Figure 22 - Example of a VestasOnline® Business user interface.

Note: From version 3.5, the navigation tree is created automatically when connecting to
a wind power plant and will be automatically updated if the park structure changes. If
a manually created navigation tree file is downloaded, the automatically created file
will be overwritten, and the above feature will no longer work.

4.1 Menu Bar


The menu bar at the top of the VestasOnline® Business window contains five
menus:
 Files menu
 View menu
 Unit menu (dynamic menu - reflects current selection of unit)
 Configuration menu
 Help menu
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4.1.1 Files Menu


The Files menu contains five sections containing the following commands:

Connect to Park: Gives access to the


Connection Manager window in which you
can connect to a park.
Disconnect from Park: Disconnects from
the current wind power plant.
Printer Configuration: Gives access to the
printer setup in Windows.
The fourth section shows a list of recently (i.e. max. last 10) connected wind
power plants. To connect to one of the power plants in the list, disconnect from
the current plant and open the Files menu to choose the desired power plant.
Exit: Shuts down the VestasOnline® Business application.

4.1.2 View Menu


The View menu is divided into several sections containing the following
submenu and commands:
View Details: Contains four
zoom options for selecting the
detail level of icons
representing park units on the
screen.
Low Details: Presents wind
turbines with a bar indicator
of the production level.
Medium Details: Shows wind
turbine icons with the
production bar and the unit
label.
High Details: Presents wind turbines with unit label, wind speed and
production level as text.
Auto Details: Sets the detail level according to the zoom level. The switch
between low, medium and high depends on the zoom level (default).
Main Desktop Layout: Lets you select the preferred layout of the main
VestasOnline® Business window.
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Figure 23 - Selection of preferred layout.

Note: This command has no effect unless an additional layout is configured for the wind
power plant.
Classic layout: Displays the standard layout in the main window.
Custom layout: Displays a customised layout in the main window.
The green arrow indicates the layout currently in use. If a custom layout is
available, it also shows the current type of layout (with or without navigation
tree). This information may be useful if, for example, you log in to a wind power
plant where the preferred custom layout is not available.
Keep Aspect Ratio on Mimics in Main Desktop: controls if mimics will be
scaled to fit to the size of the main window while preserving the aspect ratio or
not (not effective when mimics are open in a separate window).
Move Icons: Switches between a zoom function and a function that allows you
to move the icons representing units in the wind power plant on the
VestasOnline® Business screen area.
Open Status Window Automatically: Opens the status window automatically
when you are connected to a wind power plant.
Unique Windows: Allows only one instance of every window type to be
displayed at the same time. When set, switch options for toggling between units
are available (default).
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The commands in the third section allow you include additional graphic
indicators:
Show Wind Direction: Includes wind direction indication for each unit.
Show Update Indicator: Shows a small green dot next to the unit every
time the information for each unit is updated.
Serial Number: Shows the wind turbine’s serial number (is not
dependent on the zoom level).

4.1.3 Unit Menu (Dynamic Menu)


The Unit menu is a dynamic menu that is displayed only when
VestasOnline® Business is connected to a wind power plant.
The label of the menu reflects the name of the currently
selected unit in the graphical plant layout – for example a
wind turbine or the VestasOnline® Business server.
Double-click on a unit icon to select it and then click on the
menu label to display the menu. Alternatively, you can
right-click on a unit icon to go to the relevant menu.
An example of a menu for a wind turbine is shown here. For information on the
contents of the submenus, see the relevant chapters.

4.1.4 Configuration Menu


The Configuration menu contains the Connection
Manager command plus various menu items for
selecting the language of the VestasOnline® Business
user interface, specifying parameters for notification of
alarms and more.

Connection Manager
Connection Manager lets you establish a connection to a wind power plant. For
further information, see Connecting to the Wind Power Plant, p. 5.

Alarm Annunciation Setup


Alarm Annunciation Setup lets you specify how alarms are announced. The
announcement of alarms is specified separately for devices (wind turbines, met
stations and the like) and for the Plant Notification window.
The announcement types are available in tabs.
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Figure 24 - Alarm Annunciation Setup window.

General tab: Lists the types of alarm annunciations. The desired annunciation
types are selected in the Active column. The Repeat and Interval columns are
used for defining whether and how frequently an alarm should be repeated
until it has been acknowledged. You can test an annunciation type by clicking
Test. The red dots in the Status column will turn green while the annunciation
type is active or being tested.

Wave tab: Lets you select the desired wave (.wav) file for alarm annunciation.

Figure 25 – Wave file selection.

Speech tab: Lets you specify how alarms can be announced by means of
computerised speech synthesis.
The sliders control the speed and pitch of the synthetic voice.
Note: Drivers for synthetic speech must be installed, as they are not supplied with
VestasOnline® Business.
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Figure 26 – Specification of synthetic speech.

The text in square brackets – ErrorNo, ErrorText, Unit – will be replaced with
relevant information.

Hardware tab: Lets you select a com port, an output pin and the duration of the
output signal going to the external annunciation hardware.

Figure 27 – Hardware specification.

Hint: If entering “9999” in “ON time”, the alarm will be on until it is reset.
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Download Speech Engine tab: Lets you download and install speech engine
software modules from Microsoft.com.

Figure 28 – Download speech modules.

Language
The Language command is used for selecting the desired language for the
VestasOnline® Business user interface.
Please be aware that if the language is changed during connection to a park,
mimics will only change language when closed and re-opened. Right-click
menus will be reloaded when reconnecting to the site.

Figure 29 – Available languages in VestasOnline® Business.

Windows Editor
Windows Editor enables editing of the VestasOnline® Business mimics.
Requires special access rights.
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4.1.5 Help Menu


The first two commands in the Help menu open the online help feature
containing the Operator’s Manual and the Client Installation Manual.

For information on VestasOnline® Licenses


or VestasOnline® Dongle, see License /
Dongle Icon, p. 37.
About opens a window that displays the
version number and date the version was
generated.

Figure 30 – The About window.

4.2 Toolbar
The toolbar contains the following buttons:

Indicates that VestasOnline® Business is connected to a wind


power plant. Clicking the green phone icon will disconnect you
from the park. The icon will switch to the red phone icon
described below.

VestasOnline® Business is without connection to a wind power


plant. Clicking the red phone will open the dial up window and
enable VestasOnline® Business to connect to a wind power plant.

Opens a park overview window containing various turbine,


production and wind data.

Opens a window containing a list of the presently active alarms in


the wind power plant.
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Opens a window showing a park summary overview of online


information in table form or graphical presentation.

Opens a window showing a graphical presentation of trend


curves.

Group control tool. Groups wind turbines and sends a command


to all wind turbines in the group in a single operation.

Returns to previous.

Goes to an online data window for the previous wind turbine.

Goes to an online data window for the next wind turbine.


Note: The Next/Previous buttons are only available in the unique view
mode. See page 18 - View Menu for more information.

Selects individual park units.

Prints the content of the active window.

Calls up the status window of the selected wind turbine. If no


turbine has been selected, the item is grey, indicating that it is not
active.

Calls up the temperature data of the selected wind turbine. If no


turbine has been selected, the item is grey, indicating that it is not
active.

Calls up the grid data of the selected wind turbine. If no turbine


has been selected, the item is grey indicating that it is not active.

Calls up the production data of the selected wind turbine. If no


turbine has been selected, the item is grey, indicating that it is not
active.

Zoom tool. When clicking this icon, the icon switches to the icon
described below.

Unit relocation feature. Lets you move the selected unit to another
location.

Turns the status bar below the main graphical area on/off.

Provides direct access to the language selection window.


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5 Graphical Park Layout


5.1 Navigation and User Interaction
The mouse is the primary navigation tool in the VestasOnline® Business
application. However, certain keyboard shortcuts are also available. These
shortcuts are indicated with an underlined letter in the menu bar. To activate
one of the shortcuts, hold down the ALT key while pressing the underlined
letter of the menu item.

5.2 Navigation Tree


The navigation tree provides a quick way to
navigate to different units or items within the
park. Typically, it is organised to reflect the
physical units that make up the wind power
plant. However, the structure of the
navigation tree can be customised to suit
specific needs and requests.
Click on an item to display the mimic that is
associated with the item in the main
window. Pressing the Ctrl key while clicking
the item will display the mimic in a separate
window.
Click on the right-arrow node to expand the
tree under the item next to the node.
Click on the expanded node to collapse the
tree under the item next to the node.
You can collapse or expand the navigation
tree pane by clicking the collapse-expand
area on the right side of the navigation tree
pane.
Selecting one of the Server subfolders will display an overview with an
introduction to each of the commands in the selected subfolder. Click on a
command to open it.
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Figure 31 - Example of commands in the Server menu.

5.3 Main Window - Displaying the Right-click Menu for Units


Right-click on the selected unit in the wind power plant to display the
associated menu. The content of the right-click menu depends on the type of
unit.

Figure 32 - Right-click menu for a wind turbine.


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5.4 Main Window - Mouse-over Information


When the mouse is positioned over a unit, information about wind speed,
production and turbine status of the unit is displayed. This information is also
presented in the status bar at the lower left corner of the screen.

Figure 33 – Mouse-over information.

Additionally, notes attached to units in the wind power plant are displayed as
mouse-over information. Operator’s notes are indicated by a small page icon on
the unit. For more information about notes, please see page 85.

Figure 34 - Operator’s note.


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5.5 Main Window - Selecting Units


You select a unit in the wind power plant by double-clicking the unit. A selected
unit is indicated with a dotted grey frame. To bring up the right-click menu for
the selected unit, right-click anywhere in the window, except on another unit.

Figure 35 - Selecting a unit.

5.5.1 Selecting Unit Icon in the Toolbar


Lets you select a specific unit in a power plant.

In the drop-down menu that appears, double-click on a unit


to select it.
To return without selecting a specific unit, select the “……..”
option.
Note: Selection in this menu is compulsory, so you must
either select a unit or the “……..” option.
Figure 36 - Unit drop-down menu.

5.6 Zooming and Relocating Park Units


The zoom icon in the toolbar is used to toggle between two different
functions. Per default, the icon indicates that the zoom feature is
enabled.
If you click the icon, it will switch to the icon shown below.
The icon now indicates that manual relocation of the unit is enabled.

5.6.1 Zoom Icon


It is possible to zoom in on a particular area of the graphical screen in
VestasOnline® Business. This enables further details on each park unit –
depending on the zoom-in level.
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When the zoom icon is visible, left-drag the mouse diagonally towards the
bottom-right to surround the units that you want to zoom in on.
To zoom out again, left-drag diagonally towards the top-left. VestasOnline®
Business will zoom out to the normal zoom level.
Details on the wind turbines can be shown if the detail level in the View menu is
set to Auto Details.

5.6.2 Relocation Icon


This icon allows you to manually relocate each unit in the wind
power plant. You relocate a unit by left-dragging the unit icon to
its new position.
The new positions of the unit icons will be saved in the local settings file
for the wind power plant. VestasOnline® Business will recall the last
setting next time you connect to the park.
To reset the icons to their original positions, choose Configuration >
Connection Manager, double-click the connection in question and select
the Units tab. Right-click and choose Select All and then click Delete. All
wind turbines will then be downloaded when re-connecting to the
VestasOnline® Business Server.

5.7 Language Icon

The language selection icon opens a window that enables


you to toggle between various languages supported by the
client software.

Figure 37 – Selecting language.


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5.8 Status Bar

The status bar is located at the bottom of the VestasOnline® Business application
window. You can display or hide the status bar by clicking the status bar icon in
the toolbar.

Figure 38 - The status bar icon.

Figure 39 - The Status bar in the VestasOnline® Business window.

5.8.1 Status Line


The status line is visible when the mouse pointer is positioned over a unit. The
status line provides the most essential information about the unit. If the data for
the selected unit has not yet been received, the text: “Waiting for data” will be
displayed. When data has been received, the following information is listed:

 Wind turbine: Wind speed – Production - Status code - Status text


 Grid station: Active production – Reactive production
 Met station: Wind speed – Wind direction

If the VestasOnline® Business Server has lost contact with the unit, and the bar
indicator below the unit has turned yellow, the status line will show the last
known data and “No Communication”.
Figure 40 below shows examples of status line information from a grid station
and a meteorological station.

Figure 40 - Status line indications from a grid station and a meteorological station.

5.8.2 Communication Indicators


The communication indicators are used for displaying the communication status
and light up like the indicators on a physical modem unit.
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On VestasOnline® Business Server solutions, only the RXD (receive) and TXD
(transmit) indicators are visible. Click on the indicators to toggle all indicators
on or off.

Mailbox Icon
The VestasOnline® Business Mailbox is a bulletin board system where users can
display and communicate messages to all other users of the system.
All messages can be read by registered users on the VestasOnline® Business
Server system.
To access the VestasOnline® Business Mailbox, click the small envelope at the
VestasOnline® Business status bar or choose Server > Information > Vestas
Online Mailbox in the navigation tree.
Whenever you log in to a VestasOnline® Business Server, you will be notified if
you have any unread messages in the Mailbox.

New messages are indicated by an open envelope icon.

New messages are listed by default when you open the Mailbox. You can see
old messages by selecting either the Old Messages or the All Messages check
boxes.

Figure 41 - The VestasOnline® Business Mailbox with one new message.

The three buttons below the Message field allows you to:
 Add new messages
 Edit messages
 Remove old messages
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Figure 42 - Editing a message in the VestasOnline® Business Mailbox.

User Information Icon

You can modify your own user information, i.e. information about user name,
organisation, e-mail address and password. You cannot change the information
for other users on the system.
If you want to change your password, you will be asked to enter the existing
password before entering a new one.

Figure 43 – Entering user information.

In case you need to change your user initials/login name, please contact the
system administrator of the VestasOnline® Business Server installation.
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VestasOnline® Messenger
VestasOnline® Messenger provides real-time communication with
other online users on the same VestasOnline® server, as it lets you
“chat” using quick text messages.
You can have a one-to-one conversation with a single online user, or you can
send a message to all online users.
The full history of a conversation is stored until you disconnect from the wind
power plant. This means that if you close the Messenger window and later want
to continue the conversation, you will still have access to all entries in the
conversation.

Using VestasOnline® Messenger

To access VestasOnline® Messenger, click the small user icon on the


VestasOnline® Business status bar.
The number next to the icon displays the number of other users
currently logged on to the system.

The online users list displays all other


VestasOnline® users (except you) that are
currently logged in on the system, as well as
their online status.

Figure 44 – The VestasOnline® Messenger window.


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Modifying your Availability State

When you open the VestasOnline® Messenger


window, your status is by default “Online”.
To let other users know that you momentarily
are unable to answer messages, you can
change your status by selecting a pre-defined
availability state.
Click on the user icon in the upper left corner
to display a status list and select an
availability state from the list.

Figure 45 - Availability state.

Sending a Message to a Single Online User

Double-click the desired user from


the list of online users to open a
chat window.
The name and company
information of the user is displayed
in the window. Also, the
availability state of the user is
shown in the upper right corner of
the window.
Write the message in the lower text
box and click Send. Alternatively,
you can press Enter to send the
message.
Your message will now be
displayed in the Message history
box along with the reply and all
other messages in this chat.
To remove all messages from the
Message history box, click the
Figure 46 – Writing a message.
eraser icon in the toolbar.
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Broadcasting a Message to All Online Users

Click the broadcast icon in


the upper right corner of the
list of online users.
Write the message in the lower
text box and click Broadcast.
Alternatively, you can press
Enter to send the message.
Your message is now displayed
in the Message history box.
To remove all messages from
the Message history box, click
the eraser icon in the toolbar.

Figure 47 - Broadcasting a message.


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License / Dongle Icon


The VestasOnline® products use software licenses or security
dongles with codes to protect the applications from unauthorized
use.
Information about what licenses / codes have been installed on the PC can be
obtained through the Installed Licenses window. To display this window,
double-click on the security icon in the status bar or choose Help >
VestasOnline® Licenses.

Dongle

Figure 48 - The Access Control window displays the VestasOnline® Business licence number and enabled software
modules.

Each key code provides access to certain parts of the VestasOnline® Business
system.
When you have received a new security key code for an additional software
module, you must enter this code in New key before the software module is
enabled. Press Enter or click the green checkmark to add the security key code.
A security key code is unique and only valid for one specific VestasOnline®
Business dongle.
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Software License

Figure 49 - The Installed Licenses window displays the VestasOnline® Business licence number and type .

Each license provides access to certain parts of the VestasOnline® Business


system.
The license product key for the VestasOnline® Business Client is requested
during the initial installation of the application. Licenses for other VestasOnline®
products must be activated using the License Management Toolkit that is
available from the Vestas Download Center.
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Access Level Indication


Each user on the VestasOnline® Business system is
granted specific access rights by the system
administrator according to the access levels listed in
the table below.
Once you have logged into the system, you can change the user account by
clicking on the access level indicator in the status bar. You are then asked to
confirm the change. The current user is disconnected automatically.

Figure 50 – Confirm change of user.

In case you need a new access level in order to perform your tasks, please
contact the VestasOnline® Business system administrator.

Download Indicator
The download indicator displays the progress when online information is
downloaded from the wind turbines. A blue bar indicates the completion
percentage of the data file download. The download indicator is only visible
during download.

Figure 51 - Download indicator.


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6 Plant Units
6.1 Wind Turbines
Wind turbine icons represent the wind turbines in the wind
power plant and can be placed in the main window
background according to their actual location.
The wind turbine icon has a number of indicators as shown
in the illustration below. A complete overview of all
indicators is shown in Appendix A – Overview of Icons.

Figure 52 - Wind turbine status indicators - VMP controller.

Figure 53 - Wind turbine status indicators – TAC controller.


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You can right-click a wind turbine icon to display a menu for viewing online
values.

Figure 54- Wind turbine right-click menu.

For further details on online data, see Wind Power Plant Online Data, p. 52.
Additionally, you can send commands for remote operation of the wind
turbines and other units in the wind power plant from VestasOnline ® Business.
For further details, see Remote Operation of Wind Turbines, p. 45.

6.2 VestasOnline® Business Server


When you right-click on the VestasOnline® Business Server icon, the menu
below appears.

Figure 55 - VestasOnline® Business Server drop-down menu.


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Each menu item has a submenu containing the following features:

Online Overview Description Chapter


Park Overview Displays current power production from the wind 8
power plant

Park Summary Displays current status of all units 8

Trend Curves Displays trend plots of wind turbine data 8

Active Alarms Displays an overview of active alarms on units 8

Reporting Description Chapter


Report Generator Generation of new reports 13

Report Archive Archive of existing reports 13

Power/Wind Curves Power, scatter, wind and reference curves 13

Wind/Energy Roses Wind and energy roses 13

Collected Data Viewer Viewing collected raw data from the database 13

Logbooks Logbook and statistics module for all events 13


from the units

Data Export (optional) Recurrent export of data at scheduled intervals Data Export Manual

Shadow Data Editor Editing shadow data See Advanced


(optional) Reporting Module
Administration
Manual

Plant Notification Opens the Plant Notification window 15

User Management Managing all user accounts – for administrators See User
only! Management
Manual

Profile Administrator Administration of reporting profiles See Advanced


(optional) Reporting Module
Administration
Manual

Template Designer Generation of new report templates See Advanced


(optional) Reporting Module
Administration
Manual

Data Export Recurrent export of data at scheduled intervals See Data Export
Manual
Alarm Notification Setup Administration See User
Management
Manual
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Bonus Management Administration of Bonus schemas See Bonus


Management
Manual

User Settings Change user information and password 3


VestasOnline Mailbox Bulletin board for site-specific messages to all 5
users

Load and Power Modes Monitoring and reporting of Load and Power See Load and
Modes configurations Power Modes
Manual

Notes How to add notes to units 12

Please note that not all of the above menu items apply to all wind power plants
and might require individual permission to access. Contact your system
administrator if any necessary menu items are not available for a given user
account.
When connected to a VestasOnline® Business Server site, the local database
version can be seen by positioning the mouse pointer over the server icon. The
database version will be displayed in the hint text.

6.3 Meteorological Stations


Meteorological stations measure weather conditions. The
meteorological data are collected by the data collection module on
the VestasOnline® Business Server.
Furthermore, it is possible to view the actual meteorological values online.
When you position the mouse pointer over the meteorological station icon, the
status line at the bottom of the screen indicates the label of the meteorological
station, the actual wind speed and wind direction.

Figure 56 - Information from the meteorological station in the status line.

Most meteorological stations measure data at either 10 metres height and/or at


wind turbine hub height.
In addition, some meteorological stations also have a rain sensor mounted for
registration of precipitation. The information collected can be very useful for
historical purposes when compared to production data and the other types of
meteorological data from the VestasOnline® Business Server database.
For further details on data from the meteorological stations, see Online Data, p.
80.
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6.4 Grid Stations


The grid stations in a wind power plant contain power meters that are
installed to measure the power produced by the entire or part of the
wind power plant.
For more details about data from the grid stations, see Online Data, p.
82.

Figure 57 – Information from the grid station in the status line.

6.5 Substations
Some wind power plants may be equipped with a substation for
monitoring and controlling project-specific functionality, such as:
 Park regulation
 High-voltage line diagrams
 Circuit breakers
 Transformers
 Protective relays
 Additional third-party products
It is possible to configure one of the modules on the VestasOnline®
Business Server to receive all the signals from a substation and to
log the signals in the wind power plant logbook.
In addition, fire alarms and intruder alarms from the control building of the
wind power plant can be received if the detectors are wired up to the substation.
Some substations may also contain a power meter for the measurement of
power being produced by the wind power plant.
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7 Remote Operation of Wind Turbines


Remote operation commands can be sent from the VestasOnline® Business client
to:
Single wind turbines - see below.
Groups of wind turbines - see page 47.

7.1 Remote Operation Commands - Single Wind Turbine


When you right-click the icon for a wind turbine, the Commands submenu
shows a list of operational commands.

Figure 58 – The Commands submenu.

The number of available turbine commands depends on:


 Permissions granted to the individual user by the system administrator
 Turbine type
 Turbine model

How to Send a Remote Operation Command


Right-click on the wind turbine icon and choose the desired command from the
Commands submenu.
To ensure that only authorised personnel issue turbine commands, you are
prompted to enter your password.
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Figure 59 – Password is required for sending commands.

Enter your password and click Next to continue. To cancel the remote
command, click Close.
In Responsible for downtime, specify the responsible party for the action, if
any, and click Next.
Note: This functionality is only available if supported by the wind turbine controller
and software version. If not supported, the below dialog box will not appear.

Figure 60 - The Select Responsible drop-down list lets you select the responsible party for the action.

Note: The ‘Pause turbine after error’ /’Release turbine after error’ options are only to be
used if the standard procedure – acknowledge the error and issue the Run command - is
not sufficient to return the wind turbine to operation.
The responsible parties for pausing wind turbines from the VestasOnline®
Business Client have associated values (sources) which are used for shadow
data purposes. The source values are as follows:
Utility 12

Owner 13

Manufacturer 14
Environmental 15

Table 3 – The remote pausing sources and their values in VestasOnline® Business.
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In the dialog box that appears, enter an explanatory remark - for example, the
reason for sending the command.
The information is stored in the database and can be found in the Remark
column in VestasOnline® Business Server logbook.

Figure 61 - The Remark field lets you enter an explanatory remark for the command

Click Send to execute the command.

7.2 Remote Operation Commands - Group Control


The Group Control feature allows you to group wind turbines and send a
command to all wind turbines in the group in a single operation.

Click the Keyboard icon in the toolbar to open the Group Control
window.
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Figure 62 - The Group Control window is used for sending commands to a group of wind turbines.

Each group is identified by a name and a number between 1 and 10. Group
members are indicated by red check marks. To add a new member or remove a
member from the group, click the box to the right of the label for the unit.
All units can be added all at once by clicking Add All. To remove all units from
a group, click Delete All.
Delay between each command allows you to specify a delay in seconds
between each execution of a command on the wind turbines in a group. This
feature is very helpful when a large part of the wind power plant needs to be
started or stopped at the same time, as it prevents large load transients on the
grid.
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7.2.1 Commands
Group control commands are available from the associated drop-down list.

Figure 63-The Group Control commands.

Run/Start, Pause/Stop and Acknowledge/Reset are active for any type of wind
turbine.
Note: Extended Yaw On/Extended Yaw Off and Untwist are only relevant for
turbines that are set up to run in extended yaw mode (optional).
Responsible for Pausing and Starting Turbines
You can specify the responsible party (source) for the action in Responsible.

Figure 64 - The Responsible drop-down list lets you select the responsible party for the action.

Note: The ‘Pause turbine after error’ /’Release turbine after error’ options are only to be
used if the standard procedure – acknowledge the error and issue the Run command - is
not sufficient to return the wind turbine to operation.
The responsible parties for pausing wind turbines from the VestasOnline®
Business Client have associated values (sources) which are used for shadow
data purposes. The source values are as follows:
Utility 12

Owner 13

Manufacturer 14

Environmental 15

Table 4 – The remote pausing sources and their values in VestasOnline® Business.

For more information on source values in connection with shadow data, see
Advanced Reporting Module Manual – Chapter 4 “The Profile Administrator”.
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As the remote command functionality is only available if supported by the wind


turbine controller and software version, Turbines supported (info) only shows
those turbines within the park that support this functionality.

Figure 65 - The Turbines supported (info) drop-down list shows the wind turbines within the group that support the
responsible party functionality.

7.2.2 Status
Status shows the status of the current command (Run/Stop; Pause/Stop or
Acknowledge/Reset).

Figure 66 - The Status field shows the status of the commands sent to the wind turbines within the group.

7.2.3 Password Protection of Remote Operation Group Commands


All remote operation group commands require an authorisation password.

How to Send Remote Operation Commands


Select the relevant command from the command list (see Figure 63) and click
Send Command.
Enter the authorisation password to authorise the command and click OK.
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Figure 67 – Authorisation password.

The command has been sent when Status lists the selected turbines and the
status of the remote command.

Figure 68 - The Status field shows the status of the commands sent to the wind turbines within the group.
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8 Wind Power Plant Online Data


VestasOnline® Business lets you display online data from the wind power plant
as well as from the individual wind turbines and other units. At the wind power
plant level, you can also get an overview of turbine events and produce trend
curves of selected data from turbines. The online data at wind power plant level
is available from the Unit menu and by right-clicking Server in the navigation
tree.

8.1 Park Overview

The Park Overview window displays the accumulated online


production and status information from all wind turbines in the
wind power plant.
If the wind power plant includes a substation, the production values measured
at the substation will/can be shown instead of the accumulated values. The
meteorological data is supplied from a meteorological station, if any.
Alternatively, the met data can be taken from a wind turbine.

Figure 69 - The Park Overview window.


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8.2 Park Summary

Park Summary displays current status information in table


format about all wind turbines in the wind power plant.

Figure 70 - The Park Summary window.

In the above example, Profile 1 is selected (default). A profile is a stored set of


parameter selections allowing you to set up different profiles each of which
focuses on different parameters. You can create as many profiles as you require.
Up to five profiles can be accessed directly from the toolbar. Additional profiles
are accessed by using the Folder icon in the toolbar.
In Profile 1, the parameters wind speed, power, status for generators, brake, and
yaw system are displayed in table format. To configure the overview, click the
Configuration tab.
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Figure 71 - Configuration window for the Summary overview window

The Configuration tab allows you to configure, select, import and export
profiles. The available parameters are shown in the Standard tab, and the
selected parameters are shown in the box to the right of the tab. The arrow up
and down buttons are used to order the column values.
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In the Advanced tab you can define non-standard selections of parameters.

Figure 72 – Park Summary window – Advanced tab.

The Graphics tab provides a graphical presentation of the wind data.

Figure 73 - Graphical data presentation of wind speed for each turbine.


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8.3 Trend Curves


The Trend Curves icon in the toolbar allows you to make trend plots of
wind turbine data. By default, the Graphics tab is displayed.

Figure 74 - Trend curves for a wind turbine.

To display trend curves for other wind turbines or if you want to include other
signals, click the Configuration tab.

Figure 75 - Trend Curves - Configuration tab.


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In the above example, four values have been selected for trend curve
presentation: unit, data, update speed, trend history size (i.e. the time window,
X-axis).
Typically, the data for the trend curves is selected in the Standard tab that
provides the facilities needed for normal use.

In the Advanced tab, data can be selected by reference numbers. An overview of


the relevant reference numbers is available from Vestas Wind Systems upon
request.

Figure 76 – Trend Curves - Advanced tab.

When you have completed the selection of data, click the Graphics tab to see the
resulting trend curve.

8.4 Active Alarms

The Active Alarms window displays a list of all current alarms in


the entire wind power plant. Alarms are listed in red. A yellow
background indicates that the communication to the wind
turbine is interrupted. A “?” and “…” indicate that valid data is
not available.
Note: For wind turbines with TAC controllers, active warnings are also listed in blue.
Clicking + in the toolbar expands the view to include all turbines – also turbines
without current errors. Clicking – will only include turbines with active alarms
or warnings.
By default, the information is sorted by the turbine in ascending order –
indicated by a green down arrow. To sort in descending order, click once more
in the column header. To sort by another information type, click the column
header in question.
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Figure 77 - The Active Alarms window – expanded and collapsed view.


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9 Wind Turbine Online Data


Online data for a wind turbine is dynamic data that displays the current status
of the wind turbine. The data is organised in a number of mimics (windows)
reflecting the physical modules and components of a wind turbine. Each of these
mimics can be selected in the Online Data submenu that is available from the
Unit menu or by right-clicking the wind turbine in question.

Figure 78 – Menu for selection of online wind turbine data. This example shows a V80 wind turbine.

9.1 Wind Turbines of the V-type Product Range


This section describes the online data information that is available from wind
turbines featuring the VMP controller series.
Note that online data command labels, commands available and windows
displaying online data may differ according to wind turbine type.
Note: Vestas V82 wind turbines are not included in this product range. For
information covering the V82 turbines, see
Wind Turbines of the NM-Type Product Range, p. 75.

Figure 79 - Menu for selection of online wind turbine data. This example shows a V90 3.0 MW wind turbine.
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9.1.1 General Conventions for Navigation

If a wind turbine has been selected, the Online Data menu can also be
selected by right-clicking this icon in the toolbar. If no wind turbine has
been selected, the icon in the toolbar will be inactive.
Click this icon to see online data for the previous wind turbine.

Click this icon to see online data for the next wind turbine.
Note: The Next/Previous buttons are only available in the unique view
mode (see View Menu, p. 18).

9.1.2 Indicators in Online Data Windows

Max. – min. Indicators


Two small dots above and below the meters show the maximum and minimum
values during the last 10-minute period.

Figure 80 – Min. – max. indicators – in this example showing power production and wind speed.

Legends for Indicators


Green status dot: Component is in operation or operational state is OK
Blank status dot: Component is not in operation
Red status dot: Component requires operator intervention
??: Signal is not supported in OPC server namespace
--: Data is not received

9.1.3 Status
The Status window shows the most important operation information about the
wind turbine, e.g. active power production, operation mode, wind speed, wind
direction and more.
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Figure 81 - Online status data – V90-3.0 MW turbine.

Details

Operational mode: Displays the current operational mode graphically as a


colour-coded rectangle and as a textual message.
Available operational modes are:
Run: green
Pause: yellow
Stop: orange
Emergency: red
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Pending mode: Displays any operational mode that has been selected, but not
executed yet. For example, if the Pause mode has been selected, the pending
mode indicators will show Pause until the wind turbine has come to a complete
standstill, whereas the operational mode will show Run during this period.

Status: Displays the latest status event from the wind turbine.

Info: Displays additional information, if any, related to an event.


Note: Info messages are transferred directly from the wind turbine and are consequently
only available in English.

9.1.4 Trend Curves


In contrast to the general trend function in the toolbar and the trend curves in
mimics that both generate trend curves based on actual values, the Status
window lets you generate trend curves from historical data. The historical trend
information is based on 10-minute values and is available for six pre-defined
time periods.
Trend curves are available for many types of information, such as power output,
wind speed, temperatures, RPMs, and transformer data.
You can display up to 10 trend curves from various wind turbines in the same
window.
When you position the arrow pointer over the above-mentioned “hot spot”
areas in the window, the shape of the arrow pointer will change to indicate that
trend information is available.

Figure 82 - Arrow pointer over trend area.

How to Display Trend Information


Position the arrow pointer on top of the desired information area
(power/wind speed/generator/rotor). The appearance of the arrow
pointer now changes into a rectangle.
Right-click to display the dynamic trend menu.
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Figure 83 - Dynamic trend menu.

Select the desired period from the menu.

Figure 84 – Trend curve – 1 signal

To display the trend curve information in tabular form, click the Table tab in the
Trend Curve window.
You can include more trend curves – from the same wind turbine or from other
wind turbines. Right-click in the desired area and choose the same time period
from the dynamic menu.
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Figure 85 - Trend curves - 6 signals.

If you now choose a different time period, the trend curves for the previously
selected signals will be adjusted to the new time period.

Overview of Toolbar Icons


The Trend Curve window features a toolbar that is identical to the toolbars
found in the VestasOnline® Business reporting modules.

General Icons

Closes the application window.

Opens an output window enabling you to specify the output


format (QRP or PDF).
Copies table data to the clipboard. Can be used to export the
data to a spread sheet.
Saves the table data in ASCII, Paradox or Excel format.
(Excel format requires that Excel is installed on the client
PC).
Refreshes the data (= reloads the data from the database).

Chart-related Icons

Presents data as an area chart.

Presents data as continuous curves.

Presents data as columns.


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Presents data as unconnected points.

Switches between 2D and 3D curve presentation.

Switches between presentations with and without grid lines


in the curve area.

Gives access to a detailed curve-editing menu, which allows


you to modify titles, axis scales, axis texts, 3D effects, colours
and frames and to add supplementary texts.

9.1.5 Rotor
The Rotor window displays the operational conditions of the rotor, such as rotor
speed, blade pitch angle, hub temperatures and the state of the hydraulics
system.

Figure 86 – Rotor window – V90-3.0 MW turbine.


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9.1.6 Gearbox/Lubrication System


The Gearbox/Lubrication System window displays the operational conditions
of the gearbox and the lubrication system, such as speeds, gear oil temperature,
gear oil level as well as pump and filter conditions.

Figure 87 – The Lubrication System window – V90-3.0 MW turbine.


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9.1.7 Cooling
The Cooling System window displays the operational conditions of the cooling
system, such as temperature and operating status of cooling fans.

Figure 88 – The Cooling System window - V90-3.0 MW turbine.


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9.1.8 Generator
The Generator window displays the operational conditions of the generator,
such as speed, temperature and power output.

Figure 89 – The Generator window - V90-3.0 MW turbine.

9.1.9 Hydraulics
The Hydraulics window displays the current temperature, pressure filter state
and other operational conditions of the hydraulics system.

Figure 90 – The Hydraulics window - V90-3.0 MW turbine.


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9.1.10 Yaw System (only available for VMP Global controllers)


The Yaw window displays status information about the wind turbine’s yaw
system. In addition, the Remote Yaw Control functionality allows service
technicians to yaw the nacelle into a specific position from the VestasOnline®
Business Client. For example, to allow service personnel to enter the wind
turbine door safely without the risk of being hit by ice falling from the blades.

Figure 91 – The Yaw window – only available for VMP Global controllers.

Note: The Yaw function requires VMP Global software version 13.01.50 or newer! In
case of an older VMP Global software version, a message is flashed in the Remote Yaw
Control section

Figure 92 – The Yaw window – VMP Global software version does not support remote yaw functionality.
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Details
Status: Displays general status information from the wind turbine yaw system.
This information is identical to the information in the Status window.
Operation Counters: Displays the number of yaw operations in clockwise (CW)
and counter-clockwise direction (CCW) as well as a summation of the time used
for yawing (in hours).
Automatic Lubrication: Displays status information from the automatic yaw
lubrication system. Lubrication Pump 1 is mounted by default while pump 2 is
optional. The status indicators turn green during pump operation.
Remote Yaw Control: This section contains a number of commands for remote
operation of the Yaw system. To ensure that only authorised personnel sends
yaw commands, all yaw commands require a valid password.
Note: the wind turbine must be set in Pause mode before you can get access to the
Remote yaw commands. The only exception is the Request untwist command.
Disable Auto Yaw: When the wind turbine has been put into Pause mode, you
must disable the Auto Yaw function by clicking the Disable Auto Yaw button.
The Auto Yaw function is then disabled for a period of 900 seconds before it is
automatically re-enabled. Clicking any of the commands will start a new Auto
yaw disablement period of 900 seconds. If needed, you can also extend the
disablement period by another period of 900 seconds by clicking the Reset
countdown button.

Figure 93 – Auto Yaw disablement period.

Enable Auto Yaw: This command terminates the disablement period and re-
enables the Auto Yaw function.
Yaw to angle: This command lets you yaw the wind turbine nacelle into a
specific direction (0-359 degrees). The Yaw system automatically chooses the
most convenient yaw direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise).
First enter your password and then the requested direction of the nacelle
(0 – 359) degrees.
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Figure 94 – Yaw to angle - password

Figure 95 – Yaw to angle – requested nacelle direction

Yaw CW / Yaw CCW: These commands allow you to yaw the wind turbine in
clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. The wind turbine will yaw for 900
seconds or until interrupted by the Stop yaw command; a command from the
wind turbine controller or a yaw end stop is engaged. Clicking the Reset
countdown button will extend the yaw period by 900 seconds without
interrupting current yawing.
Stop yaw: This command put an immediate stop to any of the remote yaw
commands: Yaw to angle; Yaw CW; Yaw CCW.
The Stop yaw command is only active while the wind turbine is yawing.

9.1.11 Temperature
For most wind turbine models, the temperature information is displayed in one
window. However, for the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine the temperature
information is organised in two windows:
 Electrical Temperatures
 Mechanical Temperatures
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Electrical Temperatures
The Electrical Temperatures window displays the current data for key
temperatures in the electrical system of the wind turbine.

Figure 96 - The Electrical Temperatures window - V90-3.0 MW turbine.


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Mechanical Temperatures
The Mechanical Temperatures window displays the current data for key
temperatures in the mechanical system of the wind turbine.

Figure 97 - The Mechanical Temperatures window - V90-3.0 MW turbine.

9.1.12 Transformer
The Transformer window displays the current operational conditions of the
transformer such as power output, temperatures, current and voltage from all
three phases.

Figure 98 - The Transformer window - V90-3.0 MW turbine.


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9.1.13 Counters
The Counters window displays online information directly from the production
and operations (hour) counters in the wind turbine.
The counters information is available for:
Total: Total production/ operation hours since the start-up of turbine or the last
reset of the turbine controller
Trip: Production/operation hours since the last resetting of the trip counter
Twelve-month period (current month plus the eleven preceding months)
To export data in the Counters window to a spread sheet application for further
processing, select the relevant data cells and right-click to copy the data to the
clipboard.

Figure 99 - The Counters window – V90-3.0 MW turbine.


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9.1.14 System
The System Information window displays generic information about the
individual wind turbine, such as model, controller type and software version,
namespace version, and connection data.

Figure 100 – The System window – Vestas V90-3.0 MW.

9.2 Wind Turbines of the NM-Type Product Range


This section describes the online data information that is available from wind
turbines featuring the TAC-I and TAC-II controller series and the DCE3 protocol
(i.e. the previous NEG-Micon product range).
Note: This section is also valid for the current V82 wind turbine.

The online data for a wind turbine are dynamic data that reflect the status of the
wind turbine. These data can be selected in the Online Data submenu. To bring
up the Online Data submenu, right-click wind turbine in question and choose
the desired command from the menu.

Figure 101 – Menu for selection of online wind turbine data – DCE3 turbine.
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9.2.1 General Conventions for Navigation


See General Conventions for Navigation, p. 60.

9.2.2 Status
The Status window shows the most important operational parameters of the
wind turbine, e.g. active and reactive power production, generator status, status
code, wind speed and wind direction.

Figure 102 - Online status data for a wind turbine.


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9.2.3 Temperatures
The Temperatures window displays key temperatures in a wind turbine.

Figure 103 - Online temperature data for a wind turbine

Legend
--- = sensor not enabled on this turbine type.

9.2.4 Grid
The Grid window shows the main electrical parameters for the wind turbine –
voltage, current, frequency and power.
To display the grid data, choose Online Data > Grid.

9.2.5 Production
The Production window contains two types of data:
 Pure production data, such as kWh and hours of operation.
 Status data, which give details about the performance of the wind
turbine (number of hours with power connected, hours with status OK,
hours with alarms, hours with service, number of change-overs between
the generators, if relevant, and the availability hour counters).
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Figure 104 - Online production data for a wind turbine.

9.2.6 Counters
The Counters window provides information about of how many times and for
how long time contactors, pumps, brakes, fans and phase compensation have
been in operation.

Figure 105 - Online counter data for a wind turbine.


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9.2.7 TOI (Turbine Output Input)


The wind turbine has two TOI (Turbine Output Input) units; one unit in the
bottom section of the tower and one in the nacelle.
The TOI online data submenu contains commands for two separate interfaces:
 TOI Tower Interface
 TOI Nacelle Interface

Figure 106 – The TOI submenu.

Note: The TOI nacelle interface is not always used. In cases where it is used, it
is similar to the TOI tower interface.
Selecting the TOI Tower Interface command opens the following window:

Figure 107 - Signal status for the TOI tower bottom section interface.

Active (high) signals are indicated by a red dot to the left of the text line.
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10 Meteorological Station
Most wind power plants have one or more meteorological stations collecting
online meteorological data via various types of sensors. The data are organised
in a number of mimics (windows) reflecting the weather conditions measured.
Each of these mimics can be selected in the Online Data menu that is available
from the Unit menu or by right-clicking the met station in question.

10.1 Online Data


The Meteorological Station window displays online data from a meteorological
station.
To display the meteorological data, right-click the icon for the meteorological
station and choose Online Data > Status.

Figure 108 - Meteorological station online data – VestasMetPanel TAC-II.


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Figure 109 Meteorological station online data - VestasMetPanel 3500.

Figure 110 Meteorological station online data - VestasMetPanel 3000.


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11 Grid Station
11.1 Online Data
The Grid window displays information about the power production that is
delivered to the grid as measured by the grid station.
To display online data for the grid station, right-click the grid station icon and
choose Online Data > Status.

Figure 111 - Grid station online data.

The Production information section shows instantaneous values for active and
reactive power as well as accumulated values of exported and imported kWh
and kVarh.
The Voltage and current section shows instantaneous values for voltage and
current of each of the three phases plus the power factor (CosPhi).
The lower section contains a production trend curve showing a rolling snapshot
of the production. In addition, it also shows grid frequency, both as a graphical
representation and as a numerical value.
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12 Server Menu Overview


This chapter describes the server-based functionality and information that is
available when right-clicking the Server icon in the navigation tree. However,
due to the extent of the information, the Reporting functionality is explained in a
separate chapter - see Reporting, p. 91.
The illustration below gives an overview of the Server menu items.
Note that some of the items displayed are optional and therefore may not be
available on all systems.

Figure 112 – Organisation of Server menu and submenus. Note that some modules are optional.
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12.1 Online Overview Menu


The Online Overview menu provides access to frequently used overviews of
online data from wind turbines:
 Park Overview
 Park Summary
 Trend Curves
 Active Alarms
For more information, see Wind Power Plant Online Data, p. 52

12.2 Reporting Menu


See Reporting, p. 91.

12.3 Maintenance Menu


The Maintenance menu provides access to:
Shadow Data Editor (optional) - for maintaining wind turbine data in the
database.
The Shadow Editor tool is described in Advanced Reporting Module
Administration Manual.
Plant Notification window - for displaying notification of events from all units
in the wind power plant.
The Plant Notification window is explained in Plant Notification Window, p.
165.

12.4 Administration Menu


The Administration menu provides access to various administration and
management applications:
User Management – for creating and managing users and user privileges on the
VestasOnline® Business system. This program is described in the User
Management manual.
Profile Administrator (partly optional) – manages creation and maintenance of
report profiles that are a set of basic setup rules for data handling and report
generation. This module is described in the Advanced Reporting Module
Administration Manual.
Template Designer (optional) – manages creation of report templates for use in
the Report Generator. This module is described in Advanced Reporting Module
Administration Manual.
Data Export (optional) – for recurrent export of data at scheduled intervals. This
module is explained in the Data Management manual.
Alarm Notification Setup – for creation and management of alarm
subscriptions for distribution to remote users by SMS or e-mail. This module is
explained in the User Management manual.
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Bonus Management (optional) – for creation, management and modification of


calculation schemas for Bonus Management reports. This module is explained in
the Bonus Management manual.

12.5 Information Menu


The Information menu provides access to the following applications:
User Settings, which contains information about the current user as well as a list
of all users on the system.
VestasOnline® Mailbox, which is a bulletin board system for communicating
messages to all other users of the system.
The User Settings and VestasOnline® Mailbox functionalities are explained in
Introduction to the User Interface, p. 17.
Load and Power Modes, which is a reporting module monitoring the Load and
Power Modes configuration settings and status in the turbines.

12.6 Notes
The Notes function lets operators add written comments about units in the wind
power plant in order to share this information with other operators.
The main purpose of this function is to allow operators or service personnel to
share information with colleagues - for example warning other operators not to
restart a turbine due to an error and to inform that service is on its way.
The notes appear as yellow sticky notes on the unit icon in the plant overview
window.

Figure 113 – Example of a note.

12.6.1 Displaying Notes

Single Note
The information in a note is displayed when the tip of the arrow pointer is
positioned over the note in question.
Alternatively, you can right-click the desired unit and choose the Notes
command from the menu. This will display the note message in the Note
window.
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Figure 114 – The Note window.

If you want to see other notes, use the browse units


icons in the toolbar to bring up the wanted units in the
Note window.

Multiple Notes

To get an overview of all notes on the various units in


the wind power plant, click the plus icon in the toolbar.

To return to a single note view, click the minus icon in


the toolbar.

Figure 115 - Example of multiple notes.


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12.6.2 Creating, Editing and Deleting Notes

How to Create Notes


Right-click the desired unit and choose Notes.
Click Add Note to open the associated window.

Figure 116 – The Add Note window.

Type the information in Note.


This text will appear when positioning the pointer over the wind turbine icon.

Figure 117 – Adding a note.

If wanted, specify expiry date and time for the automatic removal of the note.
The expiry time is set at one hour by default.
Click Send Note to create the note.
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The note now appears on the wind turbine icon.

How to Edit Notes


Right-click the unit with the note you want to edit and choose Notes.

Figure 118 – The Note window.

Click Edit Note to edit the existing text or add new information in Note.

Figure 119 – The Edit Note window.

When completed, click Send Note.


Enter your password to confirm the removal of the note.
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Figure 120 - Password window

Status displays the phases in the transfer process and will show OK when the
process is completed.
Click Close to exit the Edit Note window.

If you need to edit additional notes, use the


browse units icons in the toolbar to bring up
the wanted units in the Notes window.

When completed, close the Notes window by clicking the close icon in the upper
left corner of the window.

How to Delete a Note


Right-click the unit with the note you want to delete and choose Notes.
The note now appears in the Notes window.

Figure 121 – The Note window.

Click Delete Note to remove the note.


Enter your password to confirm the modification of the note.
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Figure 122 –Password is required to delete a note.

If you need to delete additional notes, use the browse


units icons in the toolbar to bring up the wanted units
in the Notes window.

When completed, close the Notes window by clicking the close icon in the upper
left corner of the window.

12.6.3 Notes in Server Logbook


All information about the creation, editing and deletion of all notes is stored in
the database, which shows records of note transactions in the VestasOnline®
Server logbook dating back to the first day of operation.

Figure 123 – Notes in logbook.

The information in the individual notes is listed in the Remark column at the far
right.
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13 Reporting
The VestasOnline® Business solution offers an extensive range of database
reporting tools ranging from pre-defined general reports to the versatile Report
Generator module that allows you to make fully customised reports.

Figure 124 - Reporting menu.

Please notice that some of the reporting tools are optional modules and may not
be included in all VestasOnline® Business configurations – see below for an
overview of general vs. optional modules. The optional reporting modules are
not described in this manual. See Advanced Reporting Module Administration
Manual for more information on these modules.
Note: Some modules may not be available to all operators because the system
administrator has assigned different user roles.

Overview of Items in Reporting Menu


The Reporting menu provides access to a number of reporting modules:
Report Generator: Generates reports based on templates. See Report Generator,
p. 97.
Report Archive: Presents stored reports. See Report Archive, p. 117.
Power/Wind Curves: Plots power curves and wind speed distribution
information. See Power/Wind Curves, p. 123.
Wind/Energy Roses: Plots wind and energy roses. See Wind/Energy Rose, p.
137.
Collected Data Viewer: Presents raw and processed data. See Collected Data
Viewer, p. 141.
Logbooks: Presents historical logs from plant, wind turbines and other units
and shows statistics related to historical logs. See Logbooks, p. 148.
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13.1 General Information About the Reporting Modules


13.1.1 Reporting Tools
Most of the reporting modules feature a toolbar with a number of tools. The
number of available tools may differ from one module to another.

Figure 125 – The toolbar – Power & Wind Curves window.

The toolbar icons are presented below:

General Icons

Closes the application window.

Opens a report output window enabling you to specify the


output format of the report.
Copies table data to the clipboard. Can be used to export the
data to a spread sheet.
Saves the table data in ASCII, Paradox or Excel format.
(Excel format requires that Excel is installed on the client
PC).
Displays/hides additional tabs with more information (only
available in the Report Generator).
Refreshes the data, i.e. reloads the data from the database.

Chart-related Icons

Presents data as area chart.

Presents data as continuous curves.

Presents data as columns.

Presents data as unconnected points (X-Y pairs).

Switches between 2D and 3D curve presentation.

Switches between presentations with and without grid lines


in the curve area.
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Gives access to a detailed curve-editing menu, which allows


you to modify titles, axis scales, axis texts, 3D effects, colours
and frames and to add supplementary texts. In some
modules, this icon is also used to indicate access to an editing
tool.

13.1.2 Outputting Reports


When having generated a report in the reporting module, click on the printer
icon in the toolbar to open the Report Output window, which allows you to
select the output format of the selected report(s) - either print format or PDF
(Portable Document Format).
Irrespective of the selected output format, the report(s) is displayed in a print
preview window from where it can be printed.

Figure 126– The Report Output window.

Note: PDF reports: the Report option is not available for graphical reports.
In addition, you can specify whether you want to print a screen dump of the
current report window or if you prefer to print the actual report.
Briefly described, the main difference between the two output formats is that the
screen dump method offers more speed but less control of the print setup – see
illustration below.
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Figure 127 – Print format: Screen dump (back) and Report preview (front).

The orientation of a report can also be set. If you want use the same orientation
for future reports, you can save the current setting by selecting Save Setting.
A PDF report can only be viewed if a PDF viewer has been installed on the client
computer. Click Download Adobe PDF Viewer to download the latest Adobe
Acrobat from the Adobe web page.
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Report Preview Window


The Report Preview window is divided into three sections:
 Toolbar: Contains various tools (see details below)
 Left pane: Two tabs show thumbnails of pages or search results
 Main pane: Shows a preview of the selected page

Figure 128 – The Report Preview window.


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The function of each tool in the toolbar is described below:

Zooms out to full page height on the screen.

Presents the page in 100% size.

Presents the page with maximum width.

Shows the first page of the report.

Shows the previous page.

Shows the next page.

Shows the last page of the report.

Goes to the page number entered.

Opens the Search dialog box allowing you to search for a text in
the reports. The search result is presented in the Search Results
tab in the left pane.
Gives access to the printer setup.

Prints the report.

Saves the report on disk in Quick Report format (QRP). A


window pops up in which directory and file name can be
specified.
Loads the report from disk in Quick Report format (QRP).
A window pops up in which directory and file name can be
specified.
Closes the preview window.
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13.2 Report Generator


The Report Generator module allows you to generate reports based on data and
events logged from wind turbines, meteorological stations and grid stations.

Figure 129 - Standard performance report.

Note: The ‘Serial no’ is optional and only appears in reports if the option is selected by
the system administrator in the Database Management module.
The layout of the reports is based on report templates. Three types of report
templates are available:
 Standard report: Focuses on signal data, can comprise several signals.
 Historical report: Focuses on time periods, can only comprise a single
signal.
 Event report: Lists events from units.
Report Generator contains a number of pre-defined report templates for either
TAC or VMP controllers. These pre-defined reports can be supplemented by
creating site-specific report templates using the Template Designer module - see
Advanced Reporting Module Administration Manual for more information.
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The following pre-defined report templates are available:

Report template Report type Controller type


Energy Based Availability Standard VMP

Energy Based Availability 2 Standard VMP

Energy Based Availability 3 Standard VMP

Performance Standard VMP & TAC

Wind Speed Historical VMP & TAC

Wind Gust Historical VMP & TAC

Actual Output Historical VMP & TAC

Wind Availability Historical TAC

Average Ambient Temperature Historical VMP & TAC

Maximum Ambient Temperature Historical TAC

Event Report1 Event VMP & TAC

Standard Production Standard VMP

Standard Performance Standard VMP

Standard Availability Standard VMP & TAC

Power Plus Gain Standard VMP & TAC

Prerequisites for pre-defined report templates:


Report templates designed for a TAC controller can be selected for VMP controller and
vice versa, but will not generate correct results.
Availability calculations in the pre-defined report templates will not show the
standard Vestas Manufacturer Availability percentage if the categorisation of events in
the Event Allocation list is modified.
Calculation formulas are no longer valid if you create and use new categories in the
Event Allocation list.

Reports can be stored in the Report Archive where they are available for a
period of 60 days. For more information, see Report Archive, p. 117.
Alternatively, you can archive reports for an indefinite period if you select “Do
not automatically delete this report after 60 days” in the Save dialog box that
appears when closing the Report window containing the generated report.

13.2.1 Standard Reports


The standard report layout is designed to include a number of various signals in
the reports in contrast to the historical reports that focus on a single signal.
An example of a pre-defined standard report – standard performance report - is
shown below.

1
The Event Report template cannot be edited in the Template Designer.
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Figure 130 - Standard performance report.

The report logos for all reports in the Report Generator module can be modified
in the VestasOnline® Business configuration module. Select the Pictures tab and
select Report Logo 1 and 2. This will affect all print previews in VestasOnline®
Business and allow you to include a project specific logo or symbol on your
reports.
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13.2.2 Historical Reports


Historical reports are trending reports that focus on one single calculation
procedure – in contrast to the standard reports that include several calculations.
Each column in the report represents a time interval that may be day – month –
year.

Figure 131 - Historical report – wind speed.


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13.2.3 Event Reports


Event reports can be filtered to include a single wind turbine event or all events
for the selected reporting period (see Event Filter, p. 103). The events are listed
from the 10-minute data.
The VestasOnline® Business Server collects a 10-minute data package from the
wind turbine controller. This package is generated in the wind turbine controller
and contains one event code for each 10-minute package. This event code is
defined to be the first event to occur within the 10-minute period. Additionally,
the 10-minute package includes a counter that counts the number of seconds
during which the wind turbine has been error free.
This number is used for processing the start and end times and the duration of
each event. It gives a clear indication of the wind turbine events, but might in
some particular cases not be completely accurate. An example of this could be in
the cases where the duration of an event is shorter than 10 minutes and does not
cover two 10-minute periods. In such cases, a little inaccuracy in terms of start
and end time must be accepted.

Figure 132 - Event detail report.


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Modifying the Layout of Events Reports


Categories and comments in event detail reports cannot be applied when using
the base edition of the Report Generator module.
Events detail reports can be presented in different ways. The group headline
indicates which sub headlines the event listing should be based upon. The sort
order can then be selected within each group.

Figure 133 – Example of different sort order in an event report.


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Summarised Event Reports


In addition to the sort order in the detailed event report (see illustration above),
you can get summarised information about frequency, number of occurrences,
duration and lost kWh.

Figure 134 –Event report (summarized by turbine and by event).

This functionality is controlled by the Grouping and type option in the Report
options section.

Figure 135 – Selecting grouping and type and sorting order.

Event Filter
The event filter allows you to create event reports based on a single turbine
event or on all events (default selected).

Figure 136 – Event filter for event report.


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How to Use Report Generator


In the VestasOnline® navigation tree, choose Server > Reporting > Report
Generator.

Figure 134 - The Report Generator window

In Profile/Unit type, select the desired profile and unit type, respectively.
The number of available profiles is dependent on your report access rights that
are specified in the Profile Administrator and User Management modules.
Unit type lets you select the unit type for the report. Standard and historical
reports can contain wind turbines (WTG), meteorological stations and grid
stations.
In Available, select the desired unit from the click the green single-arrow button
to transfer the unit to the list of currently selected units.
Note: The ‘Serial no’ is optional and only appears in reports if the option is selected by
the system administrator in the Database Management module.
To move all units in one operation, click the green multi-arrow button.
The red arrow buttons move units from the Selected list back to the Available
list.
In Report options/Template, select the desired report type and template.
Four types of reports are available in the Report Generator. Each report type has
a targeted purpose and a specific layout designed for the data presentation.
Standard and historical reports are both based on templates, whereas the event
detail report only includes a list of wind turbine events.
Once a template has been selected, a short description of the template is
displayed below the drop-down list.
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Figure 137 – Template description.

Define the report period.


You can select among four fixed reporting periods (hour, day, month and year)
or define a specific period (custom). In the example below, custom has been
selected.

Always specify the start time of the report period, and if custom has been
selected also the stop time of the report period.
The system makes a validity check of the specified time period. If you by
accident select a stop time that is earlier than the start time, both time selection
fields will change to a red background. If you then attempt to generate a report,
a message will pop up and prompt you to correct the time specification.
Click Schedule to specify scheduling of background report generation.
The schedule function allows you to generate reports as a background task at a
specific time and date. When generated, the reports will appear in the Report
Archive.
In Schedule Report, enter the date and time for the generation of the report or
click Run as soon as possible for an immediate generation of the report. Finally,
enter a title for the report and click OK.
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Figure 138 – The Schedule Report tab.

The View Scheduled Reports tab displays all scheduled reports that have not
yet been generated. To refresh the list, press F5.

Figure 139 – The View Scheduled Reports tab.

Click Generate to start the generation of the report.


The Generating Report status window appears displaying the progress of the
report generation.
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The Data Quality field shows if the required data for the selected period are
available. For example, if you generate a month report on the 15th, only
approximately 50% of the required data are available.
Clicking Stop Process will stop the report generation process immediately.

Figure 140 - Status window during report generation

When the report generation is completed, the status window is replaced by the
Report Details window.
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Here you can change the information that will appear in the header of the report
or include additional background information, such as a legend, sub
calculations and graphics.

Figure 141 – The Report Details window.

Click OK to display the report in table format in a separate window.

Figure 142 - Report – table format.

If, for some reason, the report cannot be generated, an informative message will
appear in the Generating Report status window.
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Click the Graphics tab to display the report data as a chart.

Figure 143 - Same report as above displayed as a chart

The buttons in the toolbar let you choose various chart types (area, line, bar,
points), add 3D perspective, toggle grid lines on/off, or customise the
appearance using the tools in the toolbox.

Print or save the report to disk using the tools in the toolbar.

When closing the report window you can discard the report or store it in the
Report Archive.
The Report Archive stores reports for a period of 60 days, unless you specify
that the report must be stored for an indefinite period by selecting Do not
automatically delete report after 60 days.

Figure 144 – The Save Report dialog box.


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Additional Report Information


The Report Details window allows you to include additional information in a
report. When confirming the selected report details, the report is displayed as a
table overview in a separate window. To display a print version presenting the
report details on separate pages, click the printer icon to open the Report
Output window and then select Report.

Figure 145 – Report Details editing window.

Including Additional Information


The additional report information is included by selecting one or more of these
check boxes:
Include report details/description: The optional description entered in the
Report Details window is displayed on a report details and description page.
Include legend: Presents information about the specified report type template
on a separate page.
Include comments: Shows comments originating from the Shadow Data table
(comments cannot be edited in the Report Details window).
Include subcalculations: Shows the formulas behind the calculations.
Include graphics: Displays the report data as a chart.
Each of these options is illustrated on the following pages.
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Report Details/Description
The report information and description entered in the Report Details window is
shown as follows in the print report version:
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Legend
The legend page offers an explanation of the report columns.
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Comments from Shadow Data Editor


The comments page lists comments to events. The comments are entered in the
Shadow Data Editor.
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Sub calculations
The sub calculations pages show the formulas behind the calculations in the
report. Each formula is presented on a separate page.
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Graphics
The graphics page shows a graphical representation of the data in the report.
Note: The chart type for standard and historical reports is a line chart, while
event reports show the data as column charts.
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Displaying Sub calculation Formulas


To display the sub calculation formulas for a report, click the button in the
toolbar of the report.

Figure 146 – Displaying sub calculations.

This adds the Sub calculation Report tab that displays the calculation formulas
of the report.

Figure 147 – The Sub calculation Report tab displaying sub calculation formulas.
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13.3 Report Archive


The Report Archive module is used for viewing, printing and regeneration of
reports that have been created earlier and stored in the database. In addition, it
is possible to remove reports from the database. Furthermore, the Report
Archive module also allows you to edit the title, the headlines and to add a
descriptive text to a report.
For details on the toolbar icons, see Reporting Tools, p. 92.

Figure 148 - The Report Archive window.

The Available reports section contains a list of the reports that are available to
the user. The types of reports in the list are dependent on the profiles and
templates that have been made available to the user.
The main information for each report type is listed in the column headers:

Column Description
Title Stored reports in the Report Archive

Profile The current report profile

Template Template used for the report

Gen. by Initials of the user who has generated the report

Gen. on The date the report was generated/regenerated

Type The report type (standard/historical/event)

Start date/End date The time period

Table 5 – Report information.

For more detailed information about templates and profiles, please see
Advanced Reporting Module Administration Manual.
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The Description section in the lower part of the window displays a descriptive
text for the selected report.
The window contains four buttons: View Report, Edit Details, Remove Report,
Regenerate. The use of these buttons is described in the following sections.

13.3.1 Filtering Reports

The filter filters the list of reports according to a number of criteria.

Figure 149 – The filter allows you to define filtering criteria.

The filter options are as follows:

Option List of
Generated by Users who have stored reports in the Report Archive

Templates Templates that the current user has access to

Report period Pre-defined reporting periods

Table 6 - Filter options.


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13.3.2 Viewing Reports


To display a report, select the desired report in the list and click View Report.

Figure 150 – Viewing a performance report.

For details on the toolbar icons, see Reporting Tools, p. 92.

The View Report Details button opens the Report Details function that
is described later in this section.

In case all of the report columns are not visible, use the scroll bar below the table
to see the remaining columns. You can resize the window and change the width
of the columns on the screen, which may improve the readability of the report.
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Below you will find the report in the Report Preview window showing you how
the final report will appear when printed.
To display this window, click on the print icon in the toolbar and click Report in
the Preview and print report sections in the Report Output window.

Figure 151 - Report preview – based on a standard report template.

The upper part of the Report Preview window contains a toolbar with a number
of buttons.
The last pages in the report contain description, legends and comments - further
details are found in Editing Reports below.
When you close the preview window, you will automatically return to the
Report window.
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13.3.3 Editing Reports


The Edit Details function allows you to change the title, description and other
general information in a report. It also offers the option to include additional
information. However, editing of the actual report data is made using the
optional Shadow Data Editor module.

The editing function is activated by clicking the Edit Details button in the
Report Archive window or by clicking the View Report Details button
(left) in the Report window.

Figure 152 – The Report Details editing window.

Fields with a white background can be edited, while fields with a grey
background cannot, as they only display information. Additionally, you can
choose to include or exclude information by clicking the corresponding check
boxes.

Editable Fields
Title
Project
Description
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Including/Excluding Information
Note: The below options only affect printed reports – not the report as displayed on the
screen.
Include report details/description: The optional description entered in the
Report Details window is displayed in the Description field in the main Report
Archive window.
Include legend: Presents information about the various signals in the report on
a separate page.
Include comments: – comments originating from the Shadow Data table
(comments cannot be edited in the Report Archive window).
Include subcalculations: Gives detailed calculations behind some of the
advanced calculations (only relevant for sites with Report Generator add-on
modules).
Include graphics: Displays the report as graphics (charts).
When you have completed the modification of the report details, click OK to
transfer your changes to the database.

13.3.4 Removing Reports


The Remove Report function lets you delete a report from the list in the Report
Archive window.
To remove a report, select it and click Remove Report. Before the report is
removed, you will be asked to confirm the removal of the report.
You can always remove reports generated by yourself. Removal of reports
generated by other users requires special access rights.

13.3.5 Regenerating Reports


This function is used to update the information in a report in case the data for
the report has changed since the original generation of the report. The
Regenerate function updates the report by using the data available at the time of
regeneration.
To regenerate a report, select it in the list of available reports in the Report
Archive window and then click Regenerate. You will also be prompted to
confirm the regeneration.
Regeneration of a report may take some time, depending on the size of the wind
power plant and the length of the report period. Once the regeneration has
taken place, the information in the Gen. on column will reflect the date and time
of the regenerated report. When a report is regenerated, the old version of the
report is lost as it is overwritten by the new one.
A user may regenerate any report to which he or she has access through
templates.
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13.4 Power/Wind Curves


The Power/Wind Curves module lets you generate power curves, power scatter
plots and wind distribution curves for wind turbines based on logged 10-minute
data.
You can select one or more units and different curve types and display these
curves in the same plot. In addition, the data can be presented in table format.
The Power/Wind Curves module allows you to generate scatter plots and
traditional power curves, both combined with information on the given wind
distribution and compared to the guaranteed power curve. Scatter plots and
power curves can also be generated based on maximum and/or minimum
production in the relevant period. Furthermore, rainy and icy periods can be
excluded when the relevant sensors are available through a Vestas
Meteorological Station.
The wind turbine anemometer(s) as well as the anemometers on the
meteorological station can be used for the wind speed measurements. In
addition, a calculated free wind speed based on the turbine’s anemometer
combined with a 6th order polynomial is available.
Additionally, using wind speed measurements from a meteorological station
anemometer enables you to exclude a user-defined wind sector to get even more
detailed power curves. All power curves can be air density corrected using
information from the meteorological stations to make them comparable with the
guaranteed power curve.
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How to Generate a Power Curve


In the VestasOnline® navigation tree, choose Server > Reporting > Power/Wind
Curves.

Figure 153 – The Add Curves window.

In the Add Curve(s) window, select the desired type among the four available
curve types:

Power: The normal power curve showing the average power produced by the
wind turbine as a function of the wind speed.
Scatter: Shows all the individual 10-minute values (pairs of power and wind
speed) as points in a power/wind speed diagram. The scatter diagram gives a
detailed presentation of the relation between wind speed and power, whereas
the Power curve presents the same data in a condensed form.
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Wind: Presents the wind distribution by simply indicating the number of 10-
minute average values registered for each wind speed interval.
Reference: The theoretical reference power curve or reference wind distribution
curve for a specific wind turbine. It is calculated by the manufacturer of the
wind turbine.
The power, wind and reference curves are shown with the same wind speed
range. By default, the wind speed range is divided into 0.5 m/s contiguous bins
centred on integer multiples of 0.5 m/s. However, this can be altered from the
Wind speed bins drop-down list in the Power & Wind Curves window - see
Figure 158).
The colour of the characters in a selection field changes from black to light grey
when the field is unavailable for selection because other selections already have
been made.
In Select park units, select the desired unit(s).
In Time period, select the desired time period.
Each specified curve may have its own time period, but a common time period
for all curves or a group of curves can also be selected. The minimum time
period is 10 minutes. Periods can be from 10 minutes and more.
When having specified a time period, a validity check of the specified time
period is made, and if the difference between the stop time and the start time
turns out to be negative, all four selection fields change colour to black text on
red background. Once you have corrected the time settings, the background
changes to white again.

In Parameters, select parameter settings:

Wind distribution curve: Lets you select a wind distribution reference curve.
Wind distribution reference curves are created in the Profile Administration
add-on module. For more information, see Advanced Reporting Module
Administration Manual.
Wind speed measuring unit: Lets you select a measuring unit. This is either a
wind turbine or a meteorological station, as the wind speed used in a curve (not
a norm curve) can be taken from both. The wind turbine free wind is the 10-
minute average wind measured on a wind turbine applied with a 3’order
correction polynomial. The polynomial can be set up in a report profile.
Report profile: Can be selected for a norm curve or when WTG free wind has
been selected in the report profile. Report profiles are defined in the Profile
Administrator. A profile contains e.g. information about which norm curve
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should be used for each wind turbine and how the WTG free wind should be
calculated.
Reference curve: Lets you select a reference power curve from the list. Reference
power curves are created in the Profile Administration add-on module. For
more information, see Advanced Reporting Module Administration Manual.
Use correction: Enables use of the correction parameters to perform a pressure
and temperature correction in order to make the measured power curve
comparable to the reference curve.

Normalisation method: Specifies normalisation of the data according to wind


turbine type. The two types selectable are stall-regulated and active stall control.
By default, the system will use the correct normalisation method that is defined
in the database for the individual wind turbine type. When you select another
method, the system will be forced to use this method.
Normalisation for stall-regulated wind turbines is applied to the measured
output in the way described below. The stall-regulated normalisation method
applies to the NEG-Micon passive stall-regulated and power trim wind turbines:

Normalisation for active stall-regulated wind turbines is applied to the wind


speed in the way described below. The active stall control normalisation method
applies to the active stall/pitch-regulated and Power Regulated Variable Speed
(PRVS) wind turbines:

Measured Air Density


Measured air density can be calculated with and without air pressure. Ambient
temperature and air pressure are always used if the selected correction unit is a
meteorological station. If the selected correction unit is a wind turbine, only the
ambient temperature is used by default. To include air pressure in the
correction, the ‘Elevation above sea level’ option must be selected in Profile
Administrator (see below for more details).
1.225 is the density of air at 15°C, and pressure is 1013.25 hPa.
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Air density based on ambient temperature and air pressure is calculated in the
following way:

If the wind turbine has been selected as the correction unit, the elevation above
sea level (‘hub height’) can instead be included in the correction as the wind
turbine cannot measure air pressure.
This requires that the Include correction for elevation above sea level option
has been selected in Profile Administrator (see 958879 Advanced Reporting
Generator Adm. manual).
Air pressure at height h, p(h), will be calculated using this expression:

where p(0) is the air pressure at sea level (in Pascal),


g is the gravity (9.81 m/s²)
h is the elevation above sea level (in metres)
R is the gas constant of dry air (287.05 J/kgK),
T is the average temperature at height h (in Kelvin).

To calculate the actual air density at height h, ρ(h), the below formula is used:

where p(h) is the pressure at height h,


R is the gas constant of dry air (287.05 J/kgK),
T is the average temperature at height h (in Kelvin).
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Complete Formula for Wind and Power Normalisation

Stall-regulated Formula

Active Stall-regulated Formula:

The Effect of Temperature and Pressure on Density and Production


High
Density and production

Temperature
Pressure

Low High

Figure 154 – How temperature and pressure affect density and production.

The temperature and pressure affect density and production in the way
described in the above graph:
 Low temperatures combined with a high pressure result in high density
and consequently a high production.
 High temperatures in combination with low pressure result in a low
density and consequently a low production.
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Air density correction unit: Specifies the correction unit type. Air density
correction can be based on values from a turbine or from a meteorological
station. If a meteorological station is selected for correction, the temperature and
pressure measurements in this station are used for converting the measured
power values to power values at the same pressure and temperature as the
norm curve is based upon.
If the wind turbine is selected as correction unit, only a temperature correction is
made, as turbines do not have air pressure measurements.
Large wind power parks tend to have several meteorological stations of which
only one has measurements of temperature and pressure. In such case, the
station with these measurements is used for correction of the power value from
all the turbines selected, whereas the measuring unit to deliver the wind speed
data is selected for each turbine individually.

Site air density: Specifies whether site air density should be based on a default
value or whether it should be specified. The default value is taken from the
database. It is of utmost importance that the right density is used when a
comparison between a measured power curve and a norm curve is to take place.
If the norm curve is valid for a density of 1.1 kg/m3,, the power curve has to be
calculated for that air density. The correction formula below is made for a stall-
regulated turbine, which includes temperature and pressure corrections:
Density referenced 273.15  TActual 1013.25
kWnormalized  kWmeasured   
1.225 288.15 PActual

1.225 is the density of air at 15°C, and 1013.25 hPa. TActual and PActual are measured
temperature and pressure from the correction unit selected under Use
correction. TActual and PActual are substituted by 15°C and 1013.25 hPa, respectively,
if no correction unit has been selected. PActual is substituted by 1013.25 hPa if only
temperature correction is used.

Assuming that TActual and PActual are 20°C and 990 hPa, respectively, and that a
density of 1.1 kg/m3 is required, the correction will be the following:

1.1 273.15  20 1013.25


kWnormalized  kWmeasured     kWmeasured  0.986
1.225 288.15 990

Typically, a meteorological station is equipped with two anemometers, whereas


most wind turbines are equipped with only one anemometer. For such wind
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turbines, only Anemometer 1 should be selected, as the calculation otherwise


will be incorrect.
The average, minimum and the maximum wind speeds can be selected.
Typically, the average wind speed value is selected.
Wind speed range: Lets you specify a certain wind speed range for the
calculation. When this is enabled, the calculation will only use wind data from
within this range.
Free stream factor:

Figure 155 – The Free Stream Factor calculation window.

Free stream factor is a factor used for correcting wind speed measurements.
Often wind speed measurements from the anemometers on the wind turbine are
disturbed by the turbine operation, and the free stream factor is then used to
compensate for this disturbance. The factor may be higher or lower than 1.
Normally, the value is lower than 1 because a wind speed sensor on a turbine in
operation tend to measure a too high wind speed. A power curve based upon
such misleading wind speed measurements will consequently show a too low
power for a certain wind speed, which is why free stream correction is used.

It is possible to restrict the curves to contain data from certain wind directions
only. To do so, specify measuring unit and wind direction range. The default
setting for the wind direction range is all directions from 0° to 360°.

Minimum bins per interval: Excludes intervals where the number of 10-minute
bins is less than the manually entered number for each interval. This feature is
used for excluding periods with a limited data basis in the presentation.
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Include bins with generator cut-out: Includes bins with generator cut-out. The
production data used for a power curve is affected negatively when the
generator has been cut out during the measurement period.
Note that ‘Include bins with generator cut-out’ and ‘Include bins with WTG failure free’
cannot be selected at the same time as they exclude each other.
Production value: Selects the average, minimum or the maximum production.
Include bins with WTG failure free: Selects all 10-minute bins where the event
code registered in the turbine controller is 0 (= failure free) - even though the
generator is not connected to the grid for the entire 10-minute period. This
situation is sometimes referred to as “Time to Start”.
Note that Include bins with Generator cut-out and Include bins with WTG failure free
cannot be selected at the same time as they exclude each other.
Exclude bins with rain/ice: Excludes periods with rain and ice to avoid a
negative impact on the power curve. Temperatures below -2 degrees is treated
as an indication of ice, higher temperatures are not.
Note that the rain and ice options require special equipment at the meteorological mast.
Include bins with power regulation: Includes all 10-minute bins in which the
power production has been regulated.
Apply exclusion sectors: Applies the wind sectors defined in the Report
Generator - Profile Administrator to exclude data from certain sectors. The
exclusion sectors are defined and then assigned to a report profile and to each
wind turbine. For more information, see Advanced Reporting Module
Administration Manual.
WSG: Specifies a specific wind sector group for free wind correction on wind
turbines using sector exclusion based on data from meteorological stations.
Show Weibull: Adds a Weibull curve to the wind distribution curves.
Click Add to add a curve type. Repeat this operation for any additional curves.
Click Generate to create the power/wind curve report.

Figure 156 – Generating power curves.


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When the specified curves have been created, they are presented in a new
window.

Figure 157 - The Graphical tab with power curve.

By default, the Graphical tab in the Power/Wind curve window opens. This tab
offers you a number of presentation options and other options, which can be
selected by clicking an icon in the toolbar. For details on the toolbar icons, see
Reporting Tools, p. 92.
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Select Tab

Figure 158 – Select tab - Power/Wind curve

The Select tab lets you modify the contents of the power/wind curve. The tab
contains the following buttons:
Add Curve(s): Lets you define and generate new curve(s).
Edit Curve(s): Lets you edit existing curve(s).
Remove: Removes a single curve.
Remove All: Removes all curves.
Generate: Generates a power/wind curve report for the selected power curve.
In addition, Wind speed bins are used to change the wind speed range used for
curves.
By default, the wind speed range is divided into 0.5 m/s contiguous bins centred
on integer multiples of 0.5 m/s.
The options in Wind speed bins are:

Centre point Wind speed range


1.5 [ 1.25 – 1.75 ]

2 [ 1.75 – 2.25 ]

2.5 [ 2.25 – 2.75 ]

Table 7 – Wind speed range.


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Table (Power/Wind) Tab


The Table (Power/Wind) tab presents power, wind and reference curve data in
table form.

Figure 159 - The curve data presented in table form

Table (Scatter) Tab


The Table (Scatter) tab presents the scatter data in table form. The first column
contains the time stamps for all selected scatter curves.

Figure 160 – The scatter data presented in table form.


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Legends Tab
The Legends tab presents a detailed description of each curve. Each parameter,
which has been selected, will be presented in a list with other related constant
values that have been set up for the curve.

Figure 161 – The Legends tab.

The legend title in each section (ex. 1-B1 Scatter [kW]) corresponds to the name
of the column in the table tabs.
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List of possible legend information


Legend

Curve

Park unit

Period from

Period to

Wind speed measuring unit

Report profile

Normalisation correction unit

Normalisation method

Site air density

Free stream

Anemometer

Wind speed processing

Wind speed from

Wind speed to

Wind direction measuring unit

Wind direction from

Wind direction to

Production processing

Exclude bins with rain

Include bins with generator cut-out

Exclude bins with ice

Factor A

Factor B

Factor C

Factor D

Factor E

Factor F

Factor G

Reference title

Include bins with power regulation

Qualified 10 min. data

Table 8 – Possible legend information.


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13.5 Wind/Energy Roses


The Wind & Energy Rose window presents wind roses and energy roses based
upon wind measurements from wind turbines or meteorological stations.
Note: When data from a wind turbine are used, keep in mind that the roses depend very
much on the alignment of the nacelle, as the nacelle position is used as the direction for
the roses. The nacelle alignment is difficult to perform and deviations from the correct
north direction are not unusual.

Figure 162 - The Wind & Energy Rose window.


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How to Create Wind and Energy Roses


In Select curve, select the desired type of presentation:
Wind:
The wind rose gives a graphical presentation of the frequency
of wind directions. It is calculated as the number of 10-minute
data sets collected within the selected time period for each
wind direction interval.
Energy:
The energy rose is created in a similar way. However, instead
of using the number of data sets with wind directions within a certain interval, a
number proportional to the energy contents of the winds within this interval is
displayed. This number is calculated by raising the average wind speed for each
data set within the direction interval to the third power, as the power of the
wind is proportional to the wind speed raised to the power of three.
In Units, select the desired unit(s).
The Units box contains a list of all available units (wind
turbines and meteorology stations).
Click a unit to select it (whereby the unit is highlighted). More
than one unit can be selected by Ctrl-clicking the desired units.
Consecutive units can be selected by Shift-clicking the top and
the bottom units in the list of units desired for selection.
In Time period, specify the time frame for the report.
The time period specifies the period for the
curves. Each of the specified curves can have
its own time period, but a common time period
for all curves or a group of curves can also be
selected. The time resolution is 10 minutes.
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Include the desired units in the Selected list.


The Select tab displays a list of the selected units. The four buttons shown below
can be used to add and remove units from the list of selected units.

Figure 163 - Unit selection and deselection arrows.

The leftmost button moves all units to the list of selected units. All the units will
get the actual settings regarding curve type, wind speed, wind direction,
correction (unit and parameters) and time period.
The single down-arrow button moves the selected units to the list of selected
units. All these units will get the actual settings regarding curve type, wind
speed, wind direction, correction (unit and parameters) and time period.
The single up-arrow button removes the units selected from the list of selected
units.
The rightmost button removes all units from the list of selected units.
Click the Graphical tab to start the generation of the wind/energy roses.

Figure 164 - The Graphical tab showing a wind rose.

The layout of wind and energy roses is identical.


The Graphical tab offers number of presentation options and other options that
are selected by clicking an icon in the toolbar. For details on the toolbar icons,
see Reporting Tools, p. 92.
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Click the Table tab to present the wind/energy rose as numerical data in a table.

Figure 165 - Data table for wind roses

The left column contains the direction in degrees. The center and the right
columns contain - for each unit - a number proportional to the number of 10-
minute values within the selected time period for each direction. The direction
for which the number of 10-minute values is the largest is assigned the number
100 (% of the largest number registered), and all the other directions are
assigned a number equal to or smaller than 100.
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13.6 Collected Data Viewer


Collected Data Viewer is a tool for displaying data from:
Standard 10-minute data from wind turbines, meteorological stations and grid
computers.
 Monthly counters (only from wind turbines with VMP controllers)
 Shadow data (if the user has access to the shadow data)
 Additional high-resolution data if available
 Calculated columns (see further information in ‘Calculated Columns’
section below)
The data are collected by the VestasOnline® Business Server and stored in the
SQL Server database.
The Collected Data Viewer tool gives you the flexibility to select data from any
park unit, for any given time and for any given value and present the data in
table format or as graphical representations.
In addition, you can save the current selections as a template for future use.
Finally, the optional Data Export function lets you automate recurrent export of
collected data by combining a template and a data export job. The data export
job specifies the media (email or FTP) and the scheduling of the export process.

How to Select and Present Collected Data


In the VestasOnline® navigation tree, choose Server > Reporting > Collected
Data Viewer. This opens the associated window in the Select tab.

Figure 166 – The Select tab in Collected Data Viewer.


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In Select graph view, select the desired type of graphical representation -


historical or X-Y plot.
Note: Using the X-Y plot option, you can only select two values from a single unit.
In Units, select the desired unit.
When a unit is selected, the available values are shown in the Available data
section. In historical mode, more than one unit can be selected by Ctrl-clicking
the desired units. Consecutive units can be selected by Shift-clicking the first
and last of the desired units.
The order in which the data is added will also be the order of presenting the
data.
Note: When making multi-selections, only the values from the first unit will be shown
in the Available Data section.
Click on the green arrow buttons to include the data in the presentation list
below.
The one-arrow button includes the selected value for the selected units; the
double-arrow button includes the selected value for all units.
Specify the desired time frame of the presentation.

Click the Graphical tab to generate a graphical presentation of the data.

Figure 167 - Graphical view (historical) in Collected Data Viewer.

The legend below the chart shows the colour-coding for the selected signals. The
checkboxes in the left pane allows you to show or hide the information from one
or more wind turbines.
The presentation can be tailored by a number of parameters available via the
icons in the toolbar. For details on the toolbar icons, see Reporting Tools, p. 92.
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Click the Table tab to display the data in table form. The data can then be saved
on disk or copied to the clipboard for further processing in other applications,
such as Microsoft Excel (Excel format requires that Excel is installed on the client
PC).

Figure 168 - Table presentation in Collected Data Viewer

13.6.2 Calculated Columns


Calculated Columns is a special feature for calculating a total or average of
values in data columns in Collected Data Viewer. This is done by adding special
calculation columns: ‘Server_Sum’ / ‘Server_Average’ – see figure 162. In
addition, the total of data values in rows is also added below each column.
The Calculated Columns feature is designed for park-wide reports (or for a
selection of turbines) based on 10-minute data values – for example when
reporting on park curtailment.
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Figure 169 – Calculated Columns and aggregated SUM

The Calculated Columns feature is only available for the following 10-minute
data from VMP turbines:

Name in Collected Data Viewer Name of 10-minute data


Sum Active Production (VMP) Grid > Possible Power, Average /
Grid > Grid Production Power Average

Sum ReActive Production (VMP) Grid > Possible Power, Average /


Grid > Grid Production ReactivePower Average

Sum Set Point (VMP) Active power limit

Sum Possible Power (VMP) Grid > Possible Power, Average /


Grid > Grid Production PossiblePower Average

Average Wind Speed (VMP) Ambient > Wind speed, Average /


Ambient > AmbientWindSpeedAverage

Average Temperature (VMP) Ambient > Temperature, Average /


Ambient > AmbientTemperatureAverage
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How to use Calculated Columns


First, specify the time period and select the 10-minute data for the wanted wind
turbines.
Note: Other 10-minute data values than those available for Calculated Columns can
also be selected. However, these values will not be calculated into Calculated Columns.
When all 10-minute data have been selected, select PC – VestasOnline Server
from the Units drop-down menu.

Figure 170 –Available Calculated Columns

When this unit type is selected, the available Calculated Columns are shown in
the Available data section.
Select the wanted Calculated Columns using the green arrow buttons.
Finally, click the Table tab to display the data in table form. The Calculated
columns will appear to the far right in the table – see figure 162.
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13.6.3 Saving the Current Report as Template


The Save Selection as Template feature that is available from the toolbar lets
you save the current report selections as a template for future reporting.

How to Save as Template


When the selection for the report is completed, choose Save Selection as
Template in the toolbar menu.

Available templates are listed below the two commands.


In Save as Template, enter a descriptive name for the new template and click
Save.

The progress of the save process is displayed in the progress bar in the lower
right corner of the dialog box.
Click Close when the template is saved.
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How to Use an Existing Template


To use an existing template for a new report, select the desired template from
the templates list in the toolbar menu.

The selections from the template are now transferred to the Collected Data
Viewer window.

How to Remove a Template


In the toolbar menu, choose Manage Existing Templates to remove a template
from the list.

Select the template to be removed and click Delete.


Click Yes to confirm that you want to delete the template.

The template is now removed from the list.


Click Close when the template disappears from the list.
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13.7 Data Export


Note: The Data Export feature is an optional function that must be acquired separately.
The Data Export feature enables recurrent export of collected data at specified
intervals (10 minutes/hour/day/week/month/year). The export of data is an
automated process that does not require any operator intervention once you
have linked a collected data template to a data export job.
For more information about the Data Export function, please refer to Data
Export Manual.

13.8 Logbooks
The Logbooks window presents logs of alarms and events from all types of
units in the wind power plant. All of these logs are stored in the central database
on the VestasOnline® Business server.
The park log presents a chronological list of alarms and events in the selected
period, while the statistics log presents statistical information about the alarm
and events (number of occurrences, duration, MTBO).
You select log type by turning on Park log or Statistics log in the Result section.

Figure 171 - The Logbooks window.

13.8.1 Results
The options in the Result section let you select how to
display the entries in the logs.
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Park log presents each individual entry in the log, whereas Statistics log shows
alarm and events in statistical view.

Figure 172 – Selecting log type.

Note: On older systems, Statistics log may be dimmed. In this case, the Statistics log is
available from the Server menu.

13.8.2 Events
This section allows you to specify the event types that you want to display in the
logbook. Use Select All and Remove All for selecting or removing all event
types.

Figure 173 – Selecting event types.

Table 9 below shows which log types are relevant to display for events deriving from
the different turbine types and for events that derive from the server.

Event Turbines Turbines Turbines VestasOnline


log with VMP with TAC-I with TAC-II Business
type controller controller controller Server
Alarm log X X X

Warning log X X X

Operation log X X

System log X

Miscellaneous X

Notes X

Track changes X

Extended logs X

Table 9 – Log types from turbines and server

Note: The operation log is only available for wind turbines with a TAC-II controller if
the data are logged on site.
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Extended Logs
Log entries from turbines with a VMP Global controller contain additional
information that can be displayed by clicking the Extended logs check box (see
Figure 171 above). This adds five table columns with information that can be
helpful when troubleshooting issues on turbines:
 Extended log component
 Extended log subcomponent
 Extended log status
 Extended log category
 Extended log value
For details on the extended log information, see Table 10 – Information on event
log entries, p.154.
Note: No event data from extended logs will be present for turbines with other
controller types than VMP Global.
In the logbook table, each category indicates the type of information relating to
an event:
 Access: All logins to and logouts of the turbine, as well as key position
changes (indicating a user has worked on the turbine).
 Configuration: All configuration changes and who has made the
changes.
 Developer: Very detailed tracing from the turbine software. This
category is only useful in advanced troubleshooting scenarios.
 Operation: All changes to turbine operation state. This is almost
identical to the VMP operation log.
 Supervision: All alarms and warnings logged when a change to a
supervision has occurred. This is similar to the VMP warning and alarm
logs, but contains more detailed information.
 System: High-level detail logging from the operating system. This
category is only useful in advanced troubleshooting scenarios.
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Figure 174 –Extended log data.

Track Changes
Track changes enables traceability of changes made on the server through either
Server Management or User Management. The following changes are tracked:
Server Management: Start/stop of all services as well as configuration changes to
the following modules: Server Management, Database Management, Alarm
Notification Module (ANM), Alarm Polling Data Collection Module (APDCM),
Alarm Polling Module (VAMP), Power Regulation Module.
User Management: All changes made to users and roles.
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13.8.3 Park Units


The Available list contains the units that can be selected. Select a unit by
clicking it. To select more than one unit, Ctrl-click the desired unit. To select a
number of consecutive units, Shift-click the first and the last unit in the selection.

Figure 175 - Lists for unit selection.

Select All button : Moves all units to the Selected list.


Select One button : Moves the selected unit(s) from the Available list to the
Selected list.
Remove One button : Moves the selected (blue) units from the Selected list
back to the Available list.
Remove All button : Moves all units in the Selected list to the Available list.

13.8.4 Time Period


The Time period section contains four selectors:

Figure 176 - Time selection field

Select the start date and time as well as stop date and time. The first and the
third selectors are used to select dates for start and stop of the logbook.
The system makes a validity check of the specified time period. If the difference
between the stop time and the start time turns out to be negative, all four
selection fields change colour to black text on red background. Once the time
indication has been corrected, the background changes to white again.
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13.8.5 Park Log


When you have made your selections for units and time period, click the Table
tab to display the actual park log information.

Figure 177 - The Table tab - example of park log.


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The logbook lists the alarms/events in chronological order. For each event type,
the following information is listed:

Item Description
Unit Name of the unit in which the event occurred

Serial no. Serial number of the unit

Code ID of the event

Description Description of the event

Detected Time the event was detected

Device acknowledged Time the event was acknowledged

Reset/Run Time the unit was reset or running again

Duration Duration of the event

Log type Type of event


(alarm/warning/system/operation/miscellaneous/notes/track
changes)

Severity OPC severity level of the event (see page 177)

ACK user Name of the user who acknowledged the event

ACK time Time the event was acknowledged

ACK dongle/license Dongle/license no of the user who acknowledged the event

ACK remark Any remarks made by the user who acknowledged the event

Module title The name of the server module

Value changed The configuration value changed

Old value The old configuration value

New value The new configuration value

Extended log component The turbine controller logging the event

Extended log subcomponent The turbine subcomponent

Extended log status The log status of the event

Extended log category The category that the event belongs to (see details in
‘Extended Logs’, p. 150.

Extended log value A detailed description of the extended log event

Table 10 – Information on event log entries

Information in the User and Dongle/License columns is only included in case of


commands and other user interaction. Also, information will only appear in the
Affected column if a command is issued from another unit. For example, if a
command is to a wind turbine, Unit = PC and Affected = the wind turbine.
Further, information is only displayed in the Module title, Value changed, Old
value and New value columns if the VestasOnline Server unit has been selected.
Note: The Acknowledged, Log type, Severity and Extended logs columns are not included
in logs from wind turbines of the former NEG-Micon product range.
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In case the current day is included in the selected time period, you can refresh
the selection by clicking the Refresh icon in the toolbar. This feature is very
useful if power plant events happen after the first selection or after a logbook
has been retrieved.

13.8.6 Advanced Data Selection


The Advanced data selection section lets you include additional information
columns and also offers tools for sorting and filtering information in logbooks
(not available for the statistics log).

Shows advanced data selection.

Hides advanced data selection.

Figure 178 – The Advanced data selection section.

The selection tools are organised in two tabs: View (see Figure 178 – The
Advanced data selection section. above) and Event Details (see illustration next
page).
The View tab lets you specify the information columns to be included in the log
book.
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The Event Details tab presents additional information about the individual
event. Each of the subsections on this tab can be collapsed or expanded by
clicking the arrow icon next to the name of the subsection.

Figure 179 – The Event Details tab.

13.8.7 Sorting, Grouping and Filtering in the Logbook Table


In addition to the column view function, the logbook table window contains
other useful tools for sorting and filtering information.

How to Sort Log Entries


To sort log entries by column information, do as follows:
Click on a column header to sort the entries according to the selected column.
The first click sorts the entries in ascending order; a second click on the same
column header will reverse the sort order.
The sort order is indicated by a small triangle in the selected column.

Figure 180 –Sorting log entries.


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How to Group Log Entries


Alternatively, you can group entries by applying multiple sorting criteria.
To group entries, do as follows:
Drag column headers onto the grey area to establish the grouping criteria.
The entries are now grouped hierarchically.

Figure 181 – Grouping entries.

To modify the grouping order, drag the column header to its new position.

Figure 182 – Modifying grouping order - new position is indicated by two green arrows.

To remove a grouping criterion, drag the column header out of the grey area.
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How to Filter Log Entries


The filtering tool provides a targeted overview of entries as it lets you filter by
type in order to display only those entries that meet the filter criteria - for
example, all entries relating to a unit type or all entries relating to a specific
event code.
To filter log entries, do as follows:
Select the drop-down list in a column header to see possible filter criteria.

Figure 183 – Selecting the filtering criteria

Select the desired criteria from the list.


A Custom option is available for each column allowing you to combine
operators for a targeted filtering of information.

Figure 184 - Custom filter operators.


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Only those entries that meet the criteria will now be displayed in the window:

Figure 185 - Displaying only the filtered entries.

The current filtering criterion is listed in a grey bar that appears at the bottom of
the window. To remove to the filter criteria and display all log entries again,
click on the Remove filter criteria icon.

Figure 186 – Removing filter criteria.

How to Rearrange the Order of Columns


Finally, the order of the columns in the window can also be modified.
Drag the desired column to the new position in the column header row.
Two green arrows indicate the new position of the column.

Figure 187 – Dragging a column to a new position

Release the mouse button when the column is placed at the desired position.

13.8.8 Statistics Log


The statistics log presents statistical information (number of occurrences,
duration, MTBO) about all alarms/event types that have been registered for the
power plant units.
When you have made your selections for units and the time period, click the
Table tab to display the actual log information.
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Figure 188 - The Table tab displaying logbook statistics.

The statistics log lists log entries by the number of occurrences within the
specified time period.
By default, the information is sorted by log type. To sort by another criterion,
click the column header in question.
For each event type, the following information is listed:

Column Description
Log type Event type (alarm/warning/system/operation)

Code Unique number for the event type

Description Explanatory text of the event type

Occurrences Number of times the event type has occurred

Duration Total amount of time for this event type

MTBO (Mean Time Between Occurrences) - average time between


occurrences

The statistics log offers the same functionality for sorting, grouping and filtering
information as the park log. Please refer to Park Log, p. 153 and subsequent
sections for a detailed description.
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14 Notifications, Alarms and Logbooks


This chapter explains how to handle alarms and warnings that may appear
during operation of the wind power plant and how to obtain information from
the logbooks.
The topics of the chapter are:
Where alarms and warnings appear in VestasOnline® Business
Notification of alarms and other events
How to acknowledge alarms and warnings (only relevant for V-type wind
turbines – not including V82 wind turbines)
Severity levels (only relevant for V-type wind turbines – not including V82 wind
turbines)
Logbooks

14.1 How Do Alarms and Warnings Appear?


The VestasOnline® Business system uses a variety of methods to catch the
operator’s attention when an alarm or another type of event occurs on a unit in
the wind power plant.

Alarms
Appearance Description
Visual indication Red horizontal bar below wind turbine icon.

Event overview Shows an overview of units with alarms.

Plant notification window Displays a list of active alarms (wind power plant level).

Alarms Acknowledgement Displays a list of active alarms that have not been
window acknowledged yet (unit level).

Alarm log Displays a list of all alarms that have been acknowledged.

Warnings
Appearance Description
Visual indication Blue horizontal bar below wind turbine icon.

Active Alarms Shows an overview of units with alarms.

Plant notification window Displays a list of active alarms (wind power plant level).

Warnings Acknowledgement Displays a list of warnings that have not been acknowledged
window yet.

Warning log Displays a list of all warnings that have been acknowledged.
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14.2 Visual Indication


14.2.1 Unit icon
Colour coding of the various icons for plant units (wind turbine, meteorological
station, grid station) is used to reflect the current operating status of the unit.
For example, alarms are visually indicated by a red horizontal bar below the
wind turbine icon.

Figure 189 – Example of wind turbine icon with alarm.

Colour of Significance
status indicator
Green status indicator The WTG is in operation; the length of the green bar is
= WTG in Run state proportional to the current power output from the wind turbine.

Yellow status indicator The WTG is NOT in operation but in Pause state (VMP
= WTG in Pause state controller-based wind turbines / not available on TAC
controller-based wind turbines).

Orange status indicator The WTG is NOT in operation but Stop state (VMP controller-
= WTG in Stop state based wind turbines / not available on TAC controller-based
wind turbines).

Red status indicator = The WTG is NOT in operation but in Emergency Stop state (V-
WTG not in Emergency type wind turbines) / stopped with brakes on (TAC controller-
state based wind turbines)).

Green status indicator The blue background indicates that a shift from one
on blue background = operational state to another is pending (TAC controller-based
WTG in operation but wind turbines / not available on VMP controller-based wind
with pending warning turbines).

No connection The unit is not answering.


indicator = no
communication with
unit

Grey status indicator = The VestasOnline® Business system is waiting for data from
VestasOnline® is the unit or data is bad.
waiting for data from
WTG

Table 11 - Colour of turbine status bar.


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14.2.2 Plant Notification Icon


Located in the Status bar at the bottom of the VestasOnline® Business window,
the colour coding of the Plant Notification icon shows if events have occurred.
The number of current notifications of events is displayed next to the icon.

Colour Significance
of icon
3 Notifications about events are available

No notifications about events

Table 12 – Colour of Plant Notification icon.

14.3 Audible Alert


In addition to the visual flashing on the screen, each alarm may be accompanied
by an audible alert (sound, hardware or voice) in order to gain the operator’s
attention.
The type of audible alert is specified using the Alarm Annunciation Setup
command from the Configuration menu (see page 20, Alarm Annunciation
Setup).

14.4 Getting an Overview of Current Alarms and Warnings


Two separate windows – Active Alarms and Plant Notification - offer an
overview of alarms and events on wind power plant level.
The table below lists the major differences between the two information tools.

Name Shows
Active Alarms Only shows alarms – not other types of events.

Note: For wind turbines with TAC controllers, active warnings are also
listed in blue.

The most recent active alarm on each unit in the wind power plant; older
alarms are not displayed.

Only basic information about the event.

Filtering on unit or type of event is not possible.

Plant All active alarms and events from all units.


Notification
Detailed information about the event.

Filtering on unit and type of event is possible.


Table 13 – Differences between notification in the Active Alarms and Plant Notification windows.
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14.4.1 Active Alarms


The Active Alarms window provides a quick overview of all units with alarms.
It can be opened from the toolbar or from the Unit menu.

Use the Expand View/Collapse View function to display


a status list of all units or units with alarms only – see
examples below.

Figure 190 – Status list of all units. Figure 191 – Status list of all units with alarms.

Active Alarms is explained in more detail in Active Alarms, p. Error! Bookmark


not defined..
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15 Plant Notification Window


The Plant Notification window gives the operator a complete overview of
events on all units as it collects and presents notifications of each individual
event in a single, separate window.

To display the Plant Notification window, click the Plant Notification icon
in the status bar or choose Unit > Maintenance > Plant Notification in the
navigation tree.

Figure 192 - The Plant Notification window.

The Plant Notification window can be dragged to any position on the screen, or
it can be aligned with the main VestasOnline® Business window to prevent that
neither of the two windows cover the other. The Plant Notification window can
also be displayed on a second monitor, if available.
When you have read an incoming notification and decided if the event requires
any intervention, you can acknowledge the notification. Acknowledged
notifications are indicated with a specific symbol to prevent other operators
from taking action in a situation that is being addressed already. When the
situation or state that created the notification has been resolved, the notification
will be removed from the Plant Notification window.
You can acknowledge notifications individually or select up to 100 notifications
to be acknowledged in one operation. In addition, you must confirm each
acknowledgement operation by entering your password.

Acknowledgement of notifications is restricted to users with level 3 user rights.

IMPORTANT: Acknowledging a notification in the Plant Notification window


does NOT acknowledge the actual alarm or warning – only the notification that
an event has occurred.
Alarms and warnings must be acknowledged by the Acknowledgement
commands on the individual unit (see Acknowledgement of Alarms, p. 178).
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Due to timing issues, old notifications may turn obsolete and therefore cannot be
acknowledged. Such obsolete notifications can be removed using the Wipe
function. The procedure for wiping notifications is basically identical with the
acknowledge procedure.
Note: The Wipe functionality is restricted to users with access level 4.

15.1 Configuration
The basic configuration of the Plant Notification function is controlled from the
Alarm Notification Setup (see User Management Manual for more information).
The configuration setup offers a filtering function that enables the system
administrator to specify the events from various types of units that will be
shown in the Plant Notification window.

Figure 193 – Configuration of events.


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15.2 Plant Notification Icon


The Plant Notification icon in the status bar signals the occurrence of new
notifications of alarms or events. The number next to the icon displays the
current number of notifications.
In case of more than 999 notifications, the symbol “+++” is shown instead of a
number. However, positioning the mouse pointer over of the “+++” will reveal
the correct number. The icon is dimmed in case of no notifications of alarms or
events.

Figure 194 – Notification icon in status bar.

Clicking the icon opens the Plant Notification window (see Figure 192).

15.3 Information in the Plant Notification Window


Notifications are listed according to their timestamps in descending order, i.e.
the most recent notification is listed at the top of the list.
You can customize the amount of information that is displayed about each
notification by including or excluding information columns. Additionally, the
notifications can be sorted, grouped or filtered for better overview.

15.3.1 Column View


The Column view function allows operators to customise the information
displayed in the Plant Notification window by including or excluding
information columns.

Figure 195 – The Plant Notification window with Column view pane expanded.

When expanded, the Column view pane is located at the right side of the Plant
Notification window. You can collapse or expand the Column view pane by
clicking the column view icon in the toolbar or by clicking the collapse-expand
area to the left of the Column view pane.
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Collapse – Expand area

Figure 196 – The column view icon Figure 197 – Collapse – Expand

To include an information column in the Plant Notification window, select the


corresponding item in the Column view pane. The columns selected by default
are shown in the above illustration.
A modification of the Column view setup does not affect other workstations on
the system but only the client in question.
You define the maximum number of notifications to be displayed in the Plant
Notification window in Max. elements in list above the column view pane. In
case the actual number of notifications exceeds the number to be displayed, a
warning: “Additional elements on server” will appear in the toolbar.

Column Notification Information


The following information is available for notifications:

Column Information
Plant not. Index Index number of notification

State Three icons indicate the state of the notification:

Alarm notification – Active

Alarm notification – Not active

Event notification – Not active (fixed state)

Plant This icon indicates that the notification has been acknowledged:
acknowledged

No icon indicates that the notification has NOT been acknowledged

Unit The name/number of the unit

Affected The name/number of any affected unit

Code The event code number


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Column Information
Description The textual description of the event code

Severity The Severity level of the alarm/event (not relevant for wind turbines
with a TAC-I/TAC-II controller)

Turbine ack. The type of acknowledgement: Auto /Remote/Local


Mode Automatic acknowledgement – takes place automatically after 1 or
10 minutes
Remote acknowledgement – from VestasOnline® Business
Local acknowledgement – from the turbine controller

Turbine reaction The operational mode of the turbine after the acknowledgement:

Run – Pause – Stop – Emergency

Turbine category For the internal calculation of availability in the turbine controller,
alarms are categorised into five groups: Ambient – Grid – Turbine –
User – Message

Log type The log where the event that triggered the notification is recorded:
Alarm/Warning/System/Operation log

Note: Some events may generate an entry in both the Alarm and the
Operation log – however, this triggers only one notification with the
label: “A+O” in the Log type column.

Detected time The time the event was detected on the unit

Device ack. time The time the event was acknowledged on the unit

Reset/run time The time the event was reset/run on the unit

Remark The remark made when the alarm was acknowledged

Ack. time The time of the notification acknowledgement

Ack. user The user who made the notification acknowledgement

Ack. remark The remark made when the notification was acknowledged

15.4 Toolbar

The Plant Notification window toolbar provides access to these features:


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15.4.1 Align
The Align feature will align the Plant Notification window with the main
VestasOnline® Business window. The vertical size of Plant Notification window
remains unchanged while the main VestasOnline® Business window is adjusted
to make use of the full screen area. If the Plant Notification window is located on
a separate monitor, the Align feature will maximise the Plant Notification
window to the full screen area. When the window is maximised, clicking the
Align icon will set the window size back to normal.

15.4.2 Max. Elements in List


The Max. elements in list feature controls the number of notifications displayed
in the Plant Notification window. If the actual number of notifications exceed
the maximum number, a message “Note: Additional elements on the server”
will appear in the Toolbar. The maximum number of notifications that can be
shown in the Plant Notification window is limited to 1200 elements.

15.5 Acknowledgement of Notifications


The notification acknowledgement function does not acknowledge the actual
alarm or event and does not resolve the situation that forwarded the
notification. It simply serves as an indication to other users on the system that
someone is taking care of the situation and in this way prevents other operators
from taking action in a situation that is being addressed already.

How to Acknowledge Notifications


To acknowledge notifications, do as follows:
Select the notification(s) to be acknowledged from the list by selecting the
corresponding checkbox.
To select several of the displayed notifications, right-click inside the Plant
Notification window. Then choose Select Top 100 Events. Choose Clear All
Selections to cancel any selection of notifications.

To get a better overview of notifications, you can use the sorting, grouping or
filtering functions described in the next section.
Click the Acknowledge Selected Notification(s) icon in the Plant Notification
toolbar.
Enter your password in the acknowledge dialog box and click Next to continue.
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Figure 198 – Acknowledge dialog box.

Note that acknowledgement of notifications is restricted to users with level 3 or level 4


user rights.
Enter a descriptive remark and click Send to complete the acknowledgement
procedure.

Figure 199 – Acknowledge remark dialog box

An acknowledged icon will now appear on each of the notifications that are
related to active alarms. If the alarm is no longer active, the notification will
disappear.
Remarks will appear in the Ack. remark column in the Plant Notification
window.
The acknowledged notifications for active alarms will remain in the list until the
cause of the situation that caused the notification has been resolved.
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15.6 Wiping Notifications


Occasionally, it may prove necessary to wipe (i.e. remove) old notifications for
obsolete alarms that for some reason are still labelled Active (for example, if the
turbine controller has been replaced). The notification must be acknowledged
before it can be wiped.
Note: Wiping of notifications is restricted to users with level 4 user rights.

How to Wipe Notifications


To wipe notifications, do as follows:
Select the notification(s) to be wiped from the list.
Click the Wipe Selected Notification(s) icon in the Plant Notification toolbar.
Enter your password in the wipe dialog box and click Next to continue.

Figure 200 – Wipe notification dialog box.

Enter a descriptive remark and click Send to complete the wipe procedure.

Figure 201 – Wipe remark dialog box

The wiped notifications will be removed when the server updates the
information in the Plant Notification window.
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15.7 Sorting, Grouping and Filtering in the Plant Notification


Window
In addition to the Column view function, the Plant Notification window
contains other useful tools for sorting and filtering information.

How to Sort Notifications


To sort notifications by column information, do as follows:
Click on a column header to sort the notifications according to the selected
column.
The first click sorts the notifications in ascending order; a second click on the
same column header will reverse the sort order.
The sort order is indicated by a small triangle in the selected column.

Figure 202 –Sort order triangle.

How to Group Notifications


Alternatively, you can choose to group notifications by applying multiple
sorting criteria.
To group notifications, do as follows:
Click the funnel icon in the toolbar to insert an area just below the toolbar.

Figure 203 – Grouping notifications – step 1.

Drag column headers onto the grey area to establish the grouping criteria.
The notifications are now grouped hierarchically.
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Figure 204 - Grouping notifications – step 2.

To modify the grouping order, drag the column header to its new position.

Figure 205 - New position is indicated by two green arrows.

To remove a grouping criterion, drag the column header out of the grey area.

How to Filter Notifications


The filtering tool provides a targeted overview of notifications as it lets you filter
by notification type in order to display only those notifications that meet the
filter criteria. For example, all notifications relating to a unit type or all
notifications relating to a specific event code.
To filter notifications, do as follows:
Select the drop-down list in a column header to see filter criteria.
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Figure 206 – Selecting the filtering criteria.

Select the wanted criteria from the list.


A “Custom” option is available for each column allowing you to combine
operators for a targeted filtering of information.

Figure 207 - Custom filter operators.

Only those notifications that meet the criteria will now be displayed in the Plant
Notification window.
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Figure 208 - Displaying only the filtered notifications.

The current filtering criteria are listed in a grey bar that appears at the bottom of
the Plant Notification window. To return to the filter criteria and display all
notifications again, click on the remove filter criteria icon.

Figure 209 – Filter criteria.


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16 Severity Levels (only relevant for V-type wind


turbines)
Note: the V82 wind turbine is not included in this group.
Alarms and warnings are organised into groups according to the urgency of the
error.
The Severity attribute is used to indicate the urgency of the alarm or event. It is
expressed as a value in the range of 1 - 1000, with 1 being the lowest and
indicating an event that is of purely informational nature, while 1000 is the
highest and used to indicate a threat to the safety of the operating staff.
The severity value refers to the international OPC Alarms and Events
specification that was established in 1999 to provide a common communication
interface for transferring real-time alarm and event data. As few vendors want
to support 1000 individual severity levels, each vendor can choose to present
fewer severity levels by mapping the severity values to severity levels.

16.1 Implementation of OPC Severity Levels


Vestas has implemented alarms and warnings in six severity levels that are
mapped to the OPC severity levels as illustrated in the table below.

Alarms/warnings OPC severity


Personal safety 1000

Communication error 800 – 999

Turbine alarms that require local 600 – 799


acknowledgement

Turbine alarms that can be acknowledged 400 – 599


remotely

Turbine alarms that are acknowledged 200 – 399


automatically
Other turbine events 1 – 199

Table 14 - Severity levels.

Note: the V82 wind turbine is not included in this group.


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17 Acknowledgement of Alarms
17.1 Introduction of Alarms and Warnings
17.1.1 Alarms
Alarms are system messages signalling an error situation that has caused a unit
in the wind power plant to stop operation. To resume operation, one of three
types of acknowledgement is required:
 Local acknowledgement from the turbine’s controller unit
 Remote acknowledgement
 Automatic acknowledgement - takes place automatically after a pause
of 1 or 10 minutes depending on the nature of the alarm

17.1.2 Warnings
Warnings are system messages that signal a possible error situation or other
irregularities that require attention, but do not cause the turbine to stop.
For example:
 Error in the UPS
 UPS battery activated
 GPS receiver out of order
Some errors on a wind turbine require on-site attendance of a service engineer
who must fix the cause of the error and then acknowledge the alarm from the
operating panel on the turbine controller unit. However, many situations can be
inspected and acknowledged from VestasOnline® Business by operators who
have been authorised by the system administrator to relieve error situations.
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How to Acknowledge Alarms


To acknowledge an alarm, do as follows:
Right-click the wind turbine in question and choose Acknowledgement >
Alarms from the menu.

Figure 210 – Acknowledge alarm window.

By default, the alarm log is sorted by event time with the latest entry at the top
of the list. This is indicated by a green up-arrow in the column header. Click in
the column header to have the events sorted in the reverse sort order.
You can apply new sorting criteria and re-arrange the sort order by clicking
another column header. A second click in the column header will sort the events
in the reverse order.
Click Acknowledge All Alarms to acknowledge all active alarms on the turbine
except those that require local acknowledgement.
When completed, click the close icon to exit the window.

How to Acknowledge Warnings


To acknowledge warnings, do as follows:
Right-click the wind turbine in question and choose Acknowledgement >
Warnings from the menu.

Figure 211 – Acknowledge warning window.

Select the warning that you want to acknowledge and click Acknowledge
Selected Warning.
To acknowledge all active warnings in one operation, click Acknowledge All
Warnings.
When completed, click the close icon to exit the window.
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18 Logbooks
The structure and organisation of the logging of wind turbine events is
dependent on the controller type in the wind turbine.
For this reason, this section is divided into two sections, each covering a specific
controller type:
 VMP controller (VMP 5000.02 / VMP 6000 / VMP Global)
 TAC-II controller

18.1 Wind Turbines with VMP Controller


The wind turbine logbooks keep a historical record of events on each individual
wind turbine. The logbook entries are organised in four categories that are
accessed from the dynamic Unit menu.

Figure 212 - Logbooks menu.

Each of the four log types can hold up to 700 entries. When this number is
exceeded, the oldest entry is deleted to make room for the new entry.

18.1.1 General Information for Logs


By default, the alarm log is sorted by event time with the latest entry at the top
of the list. This is indicated by a green up-arrow in the column header. Click in
the column header to have the events sorted in the reverse sort order.
You can apply new sorting criteria and re-arrange the sort order by clicking
another column header. A second click in the column header will sort the events
in the reverse order.

Use the Refresh button in the toolbar to update the log.


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18.1.2 Alarm Log


The warning log contains information about situations that have caused the
wind turbine to stop normal operation and go from Run state to Pause, Stop, or
Emergency Stop state.

Figure 213 - Turbine alarm log.

18.1.3 Warning Log


The warning log contains information about possible error situations or other
irregularities that require attention, but do not cause an immediate stop of the
wind turbine.

Figure 214 - Turbine warning log.


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18.1.4 System Log


The system log contains information about changes in the setup of the wind
turbine, such as user logon/logoff.

Figure 215 - Turbine system log.

18.1.5 Operation Log


The operation log contains information about the condition of the wind turbine,
such as changes in the blade pitch angle, changes in the wind direction and
changes in the number of generator revolutions.

Figure 216 - Turbine operation log.


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18.2 Wind Turbines with TAC-II Controller


The logbook entries are organised in three categories that are accessed from the
dynamic Unit menu.

Figure 217 - Logbooks menu.

18.2.1 Alarm Log


The turbine alarm log holds 100 alarms. The log is a circular buffer, which
means that it always holds the last 100 events. Before the alarm event is
triggered, a snapshot of 75 relevant turbine key parameters such as production
data, wind speeds, grid information temperatures are sampled and stored with
the alarm event for troubleshooting purposes.
The snapshots are accessed by clicking the individual events in the log.

Figure 218 - Turbine alarm log (TAC-II controller).

18.2.2 Statistical Log


The turbine statistical log records all event statistics from the wind turbines
from the first day of operation.
The turbine statistical log presents for each wind turbine event code:
 Number of occurrences
 Total event time
 MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)
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Figure 219 - Turbine statistics log (TAC II controller).

18.2.3 Power Down Log


The turbine power down log records the events when the turbine controller has
lost its power (for example, in case of a grid outage). The log holds the last 10
events.

Figure 220 - Turbine power down log (TAC II controller)


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19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Note: Questions concerning installation of the VestasOnline® Business client are
addressed in the Troubleshooting section of the VestasOnline® Business Client
Installation Manual.

What version of VestasOnline® Business Client have I installed?


In case you call for support for the software, you are usually required to state
the version number of the VestasOnline® Business version installed on your PC.
You can find the version number in this way:
Start VestasOnline® Business.
Choose Help > About.

You will then see general and copyright information about the installation:

Figure 221 - The VestasOnline® Business Client About window.

In the example above, VestasOnline® Business Client Version 3.12 has been
installed.
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How do I change language after I have installed VestasOnline® Business?


When you install VestasOnline® Business, English is the default language.

In case you want to change this,


choose Configuration > Language.
The below window, which allows
you to make your language
selection, will appear:

Figure 222 - The language selection window.

Alternatively, when the VestasOnline® Business Client has been started, select
the globe (language selection) button in the toolbar.

Why don’t I have access to all the VestasOnline® Business Server menu items?
There may be a number of reasons why users cannot see all menu items when
right-clicking on the VestasOnline® Business Server icon.
All menu items are linked to individual access rights that are maintained and
administered by a system administrator.
Moreover, some of the menu items documented in this manual may not apply to
the specific site you are working with and may vary according to individual
contractual agreements.
For accessing the Profile Administrator, the Template Designer and the Shadow
Data Editor modules, you need the Report Generator (Server) dongle code/
license and access rights from the system administrator.
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20 Glossary
BMP An uncompressed file format for windows
JPEG A compressed file format for windows
JPG A compressed file format for windows
ODBC Open DataBase Connectivity
OLE Object Linking and Embedding
OPC OLE Process Control - for more information
look at http://www.opcfoundation.org
QSL Quick Service Line. Hotline surveillance system
SCADA Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition
SQL Structured Query Language. Used for querying
data from a database system
SQL Server Microsoft SQL Server is the database system
used in the VestasOnline® Business Server
installations
Stored Database scripts that can be executed with SQL
Procedures queries
TCCS DOS-based SCADA system for wind power
plants
TCP/IP Ethernet network protocol
Wind power A group of wind turbines connected to a
plant VestasOnline® Business Server solution or to a
TCCS-based SCADA system
VestasOnline® Vestas SCADA software used for controlling
Business and monitoring wind power plants
VestasOnline® Vestas server-based SCADA system
Business
Server
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21 Appendix A: Icons
Overview of Icons in the VestasOnline® Business User Interface
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Toolbar Icons

Icon Name Description

Disconnect from Indicates that VestasOnline® Business


Park is connected to a wind power plant.
Clicking the green phone will
disconnect you from the plant. The
colour of the icon will switch to red.

Connect to Park VestasOnline® Business is without


connection to a wind power plant.
Clicking the red phone will open the
dial up window and let you connect to
a wind power plant.
When connected, the colour of the icon
will switch to green.

Park Overview Displays an overview of current


production information.

Active Alarms Contains a list of the presently active


alarms and warnings in the wind
power plant.

Park Summary Provides a tabular or graphical


presentation of online information.

Trend Curves Displays information as trend curves.

Group Control Lets you send commands to several


units in one operation.

Back Returns to previous window or mimic.

Previous Unit Displays online data window for the


previous wind turbine.
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Next Unit Displays online data window for the


next wind turbine.
Note: The Next/Previous buttons are
only available in the unique view
mode.

Select Unit Lets you select an individual unit from


the list of units.

Print Prints the active window.

Turbine Status Calls up the status window of the


selected wind turbine. If no turbine
has been selected, the icon is dimmed
indicating that it is not active.

Turbine Calls up the temperature data of the


Temperature Data selected wind turbine. If no turbine
has been selected, the icon is dimmed
indicating that it is not active.

Turbine Grid Data Calls up the grid data of the selected


wind turbine. If no turbine has been
selected, the item is grey indicating
that it is not active.

Turbine Calls up the production data of the


Production selected wind turbine. If no turbine
Counters has been selected, the item is dimmed
indicating that it is not active.

Zoom This icon has two modes: zoom and


unit relocation (allows you to
reposition a unit).

Unit relocation
Clicking the icon toggles from one
mode to the other.

Status Bar On/Off Turns the status bar located below the
main graphical area on/off.

Select Language Lets you choose between supported


languages.
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Status Bar Icons

Icon Name Description

Modem indicators Displays the status of the


communication.
Using TCP/IP communication, only the
TXD and RXD indicators are visible.
TXD indicates transmitting data, RXD
indicates receiving data.

Plant Notification Signals the occurrence of notifications


about alarms or other events on units.
The number of non-acknowledged
notifications is indicated at the right of
the icon.

VestasOnline® The upper icon indicates unread mail.


Mailbox The lower icon indicates no new mail.

License Opens the Installed Access Control /


Licenses dialog box.

User Info Displays information about the current


user.

VestasOnline® Provides real-time “chat”


Messenger communication with other online users
on the same VestasOnline® server. The
number next to the icon displays the
number of other users currently logged
on to the system.

Access Level The number of columns indicates the


access rights of the current user.
1: access to online data
2: as level 1 + access to permitted
database items
3: as level 2 + permission to issue
commands
4: full access rights
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Download Displays the progress of download of


indicator information from units in the wind
power plant. Only visible during
download.

Unit Icons

Icon Name Description

Green status The turbine is in operation; the length


indicator = turbine of the green bar is proportional to the
in Run state current power output from the wind
turbine.

Yellow status The turbine is NOT in operation, but


indicator = turbine in Pause state (applies to VMP
in Pause state controller-based wind turbines - not
available on TAC controller-based
wind turbines).

Orange status The turbine is NOT in operation, but


indicator = turbine in Stop state (VMP controller-based
in Stop state wind turbines - not available on TAC
controller-based wind turbines).

Red status The turbine is NOT in operation but


indicator = turbine in Emergency Stop state (V-type wind
not in Emergency turbines) / stopped with brakes on
state (TAC controller-based wind turbines).

Green status The blue background indicates that a


indicator on blue shift from one operational state to
background = another is pending (TAC controller-
turbine in based wind turbines - not available on
operation, but VMP controller-based wind turbines).
with pending
warning

No connection The server is not answering.


indicator = no
communication
with unit
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Grey status The VestasOnline® Business system is


indicator = waiting for data from the unit or data
VestasOnline® is is bad.
waiting for data
from turbine

Turbine with The units are shown with the


minimum detail minimum level of information.
level

Turbine with The units are shown with the medium


medium detail level of information.
level

Turbine with The units are shown with the


maximum detail maximum level of information.
level

Turbine with The wind turbines are shown with the


wind direction wind direction indicator.
indicator

Turbine with The update indicator appears when


update indicator the information from the wind turbine
is refreshed.

Turbine with The turbine’s serial number is


serial number displayed.

Turbine with The service key is activated, and the


service key wind turbine is not running.

Turbine with note A note with information to other


users has been posted on this wind
turbine.

Server The VestasOnline® Business server.


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Meteorological A meteorological station in the wind


station power plant.

Grid station A grid measurement station in the


wind power plant.

Substation A substation in the wind power plant.

Project-specific A “placeholder” icon signalling that


files not available the project-specific file for this unit
for a unit has not been downloaded yet.