Friday, November 30, 2012

Notes - Chapter 5 Summary

The following notes are taken from Wind Turbine Technology by Ahmad Hemami.
  • main components of a wind turbine are
    • tower
      • newer are cylindrical, sometimes with a taper
      • older are lattice towers
    • nacelle
      • housing on the top of tower
      • provides room for gearbox, generator, and other misc components
    • rotor
      • moving part, consists of blade and hub
    • foundation
      • heavy concrete foundation to endure wind
  • Each wind turbine has a transformer to usually increase the voltage of electricity produced by generator
    • pad-mount transformer
  • All turbines have anemometer that measures direction and speed of wind
    • sometimes wind direction is detected with a separate device

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