Wind turbine OEMs must push the performance limits of their turbine designs in order to remain competitive and maximize wind park revenue potential. They need to extract optimal energy from the wind by enhancing turbine performance, increasing component lifetime and improving power quality.
In the offshore arena, the industry is demanding a world-class power generation plant – guaranteeing high availability, enhanced durability and precision quality and control – so that every possible kilowatt-hour can be extracted from the wind.
AMSC’s smart control systems meet these challenges. Our wtECS™ (Electrical Control Systems) helps to lower the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) so that wind can compete more effectively with conventional power sources and customers can increase their return on investments. Whether you want an entire wind turbine control system or just individual system components, we have what it takes to complete your turbine power electronics and controls strategy.
Our Wind Turbine Controls and Systems provide higher availability, reliability and optimized energy output from your wind turbine, wherever your operations, whatever the conditions. Our offerings include:
Electrical pitch systems for optimum performance
Located in the rotating hub, our pitch control system enables operators to gain optimal power from wind at below rated wind speed by adjusting the blade angle; to control the speed of the wind turbine by holding a constant level at rated wind speed; and to minimize mechanical loads due to variable speed operations.
Nacelle cabinets for ideal power distribution and turbine control
The nacelle cabinet is split into the power cabinet and the control cabinet. The nacelle cabinet collects all signals and controls all devices in the hub and nacelle, including that of the water- and oil-cooling system, heating system, brakes and fans, yaw system, pressures and temperatures, wind speeds, wind direction, and oil and monitoring signals.
Yaw controls for maximum power output
Yaw controls ensure that the turbine is constantly facing into the wind to maximize the effective rotor area and, as a result, power. Our unique expertise in all aspects of control systems means we can optimize the performance of the yaw controls so they are fully integrated into the turbine’s entire control scheme.
Converter optimized to support any grid code and drivetrain requirements
The converter system, utilizing AMSC’s PowerModule™ power converter, coordinates variable speeds of the wind turbine with the fixed frequency of a grid, fulfilling worldwide grid codes and maintaining the capability for both low voltage ride-through (LVRT) and for reactive power management.
Software for optimized wind turbine operation, monitoring and analysis
AMSC provides the entire software solution for wind turbines, including SCADA as well as pitch, converter, yaw- and condition monitoring systems (including hardware) that are required by the wind turbine for functionality.