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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Wind Energy Generation - Cross Section Wind Turbine Siemens

Wind Energy: As the wind blows, the blades on a wind turbine drive a generator, producing electricity. Wind turbines are set up in some of the windiest places on earth since the faster the wind blows, the faster the turbine spins and more electricity is produced. Unlike solar power that can only run during sunny hours, wind turbines can run constantly all day.

Anemometer: Measures the wind speed and transmits wind speed data to the controller.

Blades: Most turbines have either two or three blades. Wind blowing over the blades causes the blades to "lift" and rotate.

Brake: A disc brake which can be applied mechanically, electrically, or hydraulically to stop the rotor in emergencies.

Controller: The controller starts up the machine at wind speeds of about 8 to 16 miles per hour (mph) and shuts off the machine at about 65 mph. Turbines cannot operate at wind speeds above about 65 mph because their generators could overheat.

Gear box: Gears connect the low-speed shaft to the high-speed shaft and increase the rotational speeds from about 30 to 60 rotations per minute (rpm) to about 1200 to 1500 rpm, the rotational speed required by most generators to produce electricity. The gear box is a costly (and heavy) part of the wind turbine and engineers are exploring "direct-drive" generators that operate at lower rotational speeds and don't need gear boxes.

Generator: Usually an off-the-shelf induction generator that produces 60-cycle AC electricity.

High-speed shaft: Drives the generator.

Low-speed shaft: The rotor turns the low-speed shaft at about 30 to 60 rotations per minute.

Nacelle: The rotor attaches to the nacelle, which sits atop the tower and includes the gear box, low- and high-speed shafts, generator, controller, and brake. A cover protects the components inside the nacelle. Some nacelles are large enough for a technician to stand inside while working.

Pitch: Blades are turned, or pitched, out of the wind to keep the rotor from turning in winds that are too high or too low to produce electricity.

Rotor: The blades and the hub together are called the rotor.

Tower: Towers are made from tubular steel (shown here) or steel lattice. Because wind speed increases with height, taller towers enable turbines to capture more energy and generate more electricity.

Wind direction: This is an "upwind" turbine, so-called because it operates facing into the wind. Other turbines are designed to run "downwind", facing away from the wind.

Wind vane: Measures wind direction and communicates with the yaw drive to orient the turbine properly with respect to the wind.

Yaw drive: Upwind turbines face into the wind; the yaw drive is used to keep the rotor facing into the wind as the wind direction changes. Downwind turbines don't require a yaw drive, the wind blows the rotor downwind.

                                    Siemens Wind Turbine  SWT-2.3-82

1. Spinner
2. Spinner bracket
3. Blade
4. Pitch bearing
5. Rotor hub
6. Main bearing
7. Main shaft

8. Gearbox
9. Brake disc
10. Coupling
11. Service crane
12. Generator
13. Meteorological sensors
14. Yaw gear

15. Yaw ring
16. Tower
17. Nacelle bedplate
18. Canopy
19. Oil filter
20. Generator fan
21. Oil cooler

Wind turbine - Cross section

Technical description

General design

The overall design of the SWT-2.3-82 is based on the so-called “Danish Concept” – a three-bladed upwind rotor with stall regulation and constant rotor speed, an asynchronous generator coupled directly to the grid, and fail-safe safety systems with automatic air brakes and hydraulic disc brakes. Even though many other manufacturers use this concept, special design features, such as heavier dimensions on major components have characterized Siemens turbines through the era of modern electricity producing wind turbines.


The SWT-2.3-82 turbine has a three-bladed rotor with CombiStall® regulation for power output optimization and control.

The B40 blades are made of fiberglassreinforced epoxy in Siemens’ proprietary IntegralBlade® manufacturing process. In this process, the blades are cast in one piece, leaving no weak points at glue joints and providing optimum quality. The aerodynamic design represents state-ofthe- art wind turbine technology, and the structural design has special Siemens safety factors over and above all normal industry and customer requirements. The design has been thoroughly verified by static and dynamic testing of both prototype and serial production blades.

Rotor hub

The rotor hub is cast in nodular cast iron and is fitted to the main shaft with a flange connection. The hub is large enough to provide a comfortable working environment inside the structure for two service technicians during maintenance of bolt connections and pitch bearings.

Blade pitch system

The blade pitch arrangement is used to optimize and regulate power output through the operating range. The blades are feathered to minimize wind loads during standstill under extreme wind conditions.

Main shaft and bearing

The main shaft is forged in alloy steel and is hollow for the transfer of power and signals to the blade pitching system. The main shaft is supported by a self-aligning double spherical roller bearing, grease lubricated from an automatic lubrication system. The bearing seals are maintenancefree labyrinth seals.


The gearbox is a custom-built, three-stage planetary-helical design. The planetaryhelical, high-torque stage provides a compact high-performance construction. The intermediary and high-speed stages are normal helical stages arranged with an offset of the high-speed shaft and thus allowing passage of power and control signals to the pitch systems. The gearbox is equipped with large-capacity cooling and filtering systems that ensure optimum operating conditions.


The generator is a fully-enclosed asynchronous machine with squirrel-cage rotor, which does not require slip rings.
The generator rotor construction and stator windings are specially designed for high efficiency at partial loads. The generator is internally ventilated and cooled with an air-to-air heat exchanger.

Mechanical brake

The mechanical brake represents the secondary safety system of the turbine. It is fitted to the gearbox high-speed shaft and has two hydraulic calipers.

Yaw system

The yaw bearing is an externally geared ring with a friction bearing. Eight electric planetary gear motors drive the yawing. The yaw gear motors are fitted with brakes, assisting the passive friction of the bearing for stable maintenance of the yaw position.


A standard industrial computer is the basis of the turbine controller. The controller is self-diagnosing and includes a keyboard and display for easy status readout and adjustment of settings.


The SWT-2.3-82 turbine is mounted on a tapered tubular steel tower. The tower can be fitted with a personnel hoist as an option.


The wind turbine operates automatically, self-starting when the wind reaches an average speed of about 3 – 5 m/s. During operation below rated power, the pitch angle and rotor speed are continuously adjusted to maximize the aerodynamic efficiency. Rated power is reached at a wind speed of about 13 – 14 m/s, and at higher wind speeds the output is regulated at rated power. If the average wind speed exceeds the maximum operational limit of 25 m/s, the turbine is shut down by feathering of the blades. When the wind drops back below the restart speed, the safety systems reset automatically.

Remote control

The SWT-2.3-82 turbine is equipped with the unique WebWPS SCADA system. This system offers remote control and a variety of status views and useful reports from a standard Internet Web browser. The status views present electrical and mechanical data, operation and fault status, meteorological data and grid station data. Primary level users can be granted access to any of the server’s features, including full control over the turbines.

Turbine Condition Monitoring
In addition to the WebWPS SCADA system, the turbine is equipped with a Web-based Turbine Condition Monitoring (TCM) system. The TCM system carries out precise condition diagnostics on main turbine components continuously and in real time. It gives early warning of possible component failures by continuous comparison of current vibration spectra with previously established reference spectra.

The TCM system has various alarm levels, from informative through alerting level to turbine shutdown.

Grid compliance

The SWT-2.3-82 turbine complies with all currently valid grid code requirements on relevant markets. The power factor can be controlled over a wide range by the use of thyristor-controlled capacitors, and the turbine has fault ride through capability for all normal faults. Voltage and frequency control and other grid-related adjustments can be implemented by the integrated Park Pilot facility in the WebWPS SCADA system.
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