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What does the computer system inside a wind turbine do?

The elaborate computer system inside a turbine performs thorough self-diagnostic tests and troubleshoots errors before the start-up command is given. If the computer detects any problems it cannot auto-correct, the turbine automatically shuts down. In addition, a SCADA (system control and data acquisition) control system allows a remote operator - using a modem from anywhere in the country - to set new operating parameters, perform system checks and ensure turbines are operating at peak performance.