AWEA WINDPOWER 2011 Conference & Exhibition was held May 22 — 25, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition is produced by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) to provide a venue for the wind industry to network, do business, and solve problems. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing trade shows in the U.S, WINDPOWER includes Nearly 1,400 exhibiting companies, thousands of qualified wind energy professionals, engaging educational information and unmatched networking opportunities and special events.
The AltEnergyMag team had the opportunity to walk the expo floor and visit with companies from across the industry for a peak at some of the new products that will be showcased this year. Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you.
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Maxwell Technologies - 16 V Small Cell Module
Maxwell Technologies’ 16V small cell ultracapacitor module provides energy storage and power delivery in a compact, cost effective module. The modules are specifically engineered to provide cost-effective solutions for 1.5MW and smaller wind turbine pitch control, small UPS systems, telecommunications and other lighter duty industrial electronics applications.
The 16V module is based upon the high reliability, 350F radial D-Cell®. In addition to meeting or exceeding demanding industrial application requirements for both watt-hours of energy storage and watts of power delivery per kilogram, all of these products will perform reliably for more than five hundred-thousand discharge-recharge cycles.
Vergnet Americas - GEVMP-C 275kw 55mTilt Down or GEVMP-R 275kw 32m Monopole
Vergnet announced the launch of its US Subsidiary, Vergnet Americas. With more than 700 wind turbines on six continents, we specialize in distributed generation or “community wind”, enabling our customers to harness wind energy for their local energy and fiscal needs. The GEV MP is a 275 kW wind turbine. It was first brought into commercial service in 2001, and since then has benefited from many enhancements to incorporate the latest technological developments in the industry.
Polaris America LLC - P15-50 Wind Turbine
The Polaris Model P15-50 wind turbine is a permanent magnet / direct drive turbine that utilizes a variable frequency drive (VFD) to control the PM generator. Permanent Magnet (PM) technology achieves more efficient wind power generation
and is able to produce more power at lower wind speeds due to its coreless technology. This new technology eliminates the need for a gearbox to be used as part of the wind turbine drive train thereby minimizing down time and reducing maintenance costs over the life of the system.
Polaris wind turbines are designed to meet the IEC 61400 -2 and 1. These are community-sized wind turbine that produces the right amount of power for residential development, farms, and small businesses.
Lufft USA - WS501 UMB compact weather station with solar pyranometer
Air temperature / relative humidity / air pressure / wind speed / wind direction / solar radiation. From the WS product family of professional intelligent measurement transducers with digital interface for environmental applications. Integrated design with ventilated radiation protection for measuring:
- Air temperature
- Relative humidity
- Air pressure
- Wind direction
- Wind speed
- Solar Radiation
Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. - 2 MW GridStreamer™ turbine
Vestas has updated its 2 MW GridStreamer™ turbines to deliver significantly higher energy production, state-of-the-art grid compliance and a competitive cost of energy. Raising the bar for the North American market, the turbine is certified to the latest IEC standards and designed for UL and CSA compliance. The latest 2 MW GridStreamer includes an upgraded drivetrain, a next-generation load management system and a full scale converter-based power system. It offers an exceptional capacity factor, reaching rated power of 2.0 MW with a 90-meter rotor in sites with high wind speeds, and with a 100-meter rotor in low- to moderate-wind sites.
Schneider Electric - Conext™ Grid Tie Inverters 2.8, 3.3, 3.8, 5.0 kW
The new Schneider Electric Conext Grid Tie Inverter has been designed to offer improved reliability and a low installed cost through ease of installation and integrated features. The Conext inverter is a proven, high-frequency design in a compact enclosure and may be installed as a single inverter, for a single photovoltaic (PV) array, or in a multiple-inverter configuration for large PV systems.
NHEOLIS - nheowind 3D100 & nheowind 3D50
NHEOLIS designs and manufactures new dimension wind power technology, specializing in Small Wind Turbines (SWT). The nheowind 3D turbines benefit from NHEOLIS’ patented technology : our world-first 3D blade design reaches performance, robustness and silence levels never before achieved in SWT, winning us in 2010 the Gold EEP Award.
Eocycle Technologies - PMG direct drive 25 kW wind turbines
Eocycle Technologies is a manufacturer of innovative PMG direct drive wind turbines designed with features that make them an ideal choice for power utility applications and customers who wish to avoid exposure to constantly increasing electricity rates. Our EO 25/12 wind turbine offers superior annual energy production and quiet operation with minimum maintenance. Eocycle’s dealers are closely working with their communities all across North America to supply professional turnkey services.
Endurance Wind Power - E-3120 50kW Wind Turbine
The Endurance E-3120 wind turbine is designed to produce renewable energy efficiently, reliably, safely, and quietly. This turbine is ideal for larger farms, schools, hospitals, and commercial/industrial sites, and will produce 100,000 – 250,000 kWh per year in appropriate winds.
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Power-One - LSWI – 2.5MW, Large Wind 2.5MW Inverter System
As higher power turbines using “in-line technology” grow in demand, the power converter unit is evolving to become a real “core” component of the turbine. Market pressures to reduce the installation cost per kWh and the trend in developing specialized components manufactured to specification brought Power-One to introduce the new Large Wind LWSI – 2.5MW inverter module. The LSWI – 2.5MW for large wind applications showcases Power-One’s technical capabilities to enable the large wind turbine OEM’s to achieve the highest flexibility they require for full conversion applications. This expandable modular system can be configured for larger wind turbines up to 10MW. Energy harvesting and reliability are the primary goals of our design team who have an arsenal of technological achievements that are deployed for designs that require liquid or air cooling, rugged environmental conditions, medium voltage or standard voltage applications. As the showcase for large wind applications, the LSWI-2.5MW inverter boasts an efficiency of 98.7%. The extremely rugged and integrated design of the inverter cabinet provides protection from water, oil and gas for both offshore and onshore applications. Utilizing state of the art power conversion, including 3-Level NPC topology using IGBT’s, and vector control algorithm the LSWI-2.5MW provides a highly reliable and efficient power system.
Windtronics - Gearless Blade Tip Power System ™
The Honeywell Wind Turbine utilizes a system of magnets and stators surrounding its outer ring, capturing power at the blade tips where speed is greatest, practically eliminating mechanical resistance and drag. Rather than forcing the available wind to turn a generator, the perimeter power system becomes the generator by swiftly passing the blade tip magnets through the copper coil banks mounted onto the enclosed perimeter frame. The Blade Tip Power System ™ addresses past constraints such as size, noise, vibration and output. WindTronics’ proprietary systems are breaking traditional technological barriers across multiple markets, for homes and businesses, for both energy generation and energy recapture even in moderate winds. The Honeywell Wind Turbine is the highest output, lowest cost per kWh installed turbine ever made (in class and size). So powerful, so simple.
GL Garrad Hassan - WindHelm Portfolio Manager
GL Garrad Hassan’s new WindHelm Portfolio Manager provides a single platform for the monitoring, optimization and control of any combination of operational turbines, farms and portfolios. It gives owners and operators uniform access to, and analysis of, their SCADA data. This facilitates intelligent operational decisions, therefore maximizing availability, efficiency, production and financial return. WindHelm was developed out of GL Garrad Hassan’s leading independent SCADA product and so clients benefit from the related international consulting experience and can be confident of a robust and intelligent product, and world-class support. With a rich reporting environment and an advanced analysis engine, WindHelm enables clients to get real value out of their wind farm data. Experts from GL Garrad Hassan’s SCADA and asset management and optimisation teams have worked together to offer a broad range of reports, based on their significant experience helping clients around the world to effectively manage and optimise their assets. WindHelm also offers the flexibility of user-defined reports for clients that would prefer to conduct their own advanced analyses.
Northwire Technical Cable - Resilience Wind Turbine Tray Cables
Custom Resilience™ Wind Turbine Tray Cables are available design-to-ship 5 days or fewer. No minimum length or quantity. Quotes in 24 hours or less. UL and Wind Turbine Tray Cable 2277 (WTTC) approved and NFPA 79 (12.2.2) rated for constant flex. Highly oil resistant. Passes cold bend test to -40⁰C. FT4 flame rated.
Milbank Manufacturing Co. - PowerGenTM 50 kW wind turbine
The 50 kW model is an ideal power solution for applications requiring 200,000+ kWh of electricity annually. The PowerGenTM 50 kW has a single- or three-phase induction generator, allowing for direct connection to the grid without the need for costly and maintenance-heavy inverters. Equipped with remote monitoring software, the 50 kW has a vast swept area of 3,120 ft2 and is designed to last for 25- 30 years. Other features include:
- Turbine configuration: 3 blades, horizontal axis, downwind
- Rated power at 11 m/s: 55 kW
- Main brake system: Rapid fail-safe dual mechanical brakes
- Secondary safety system: Pitch control system (for over-speed regulation) using passive springloaded
- mechanism (patent pending)
- Tower options: Freestanding monopole and freestanding lattice (100-140 ft.)
Eaton - VCP-Wind medium voltage vacuum circuit breaker
Eaton's new VCP-Wind medium voltage vacuum circuit breaker is designed specifically for wind applications. Specifically engineered to meet the requirements of wind farm applications, the new, compact circuit breaker is designed to provide reliable and robust circuit protection for wind farm collector substations. The 38 kilovolt (kV) VCP-Wind breakers offer current ratings up to 2000 amperes (A) without fan cooling and 31.5 kiloamperes (kA). They meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) C37.09 standards. The VCP-Wind circuit breaker incorporates Eaton’s industry-leading vacuum interrupting technology. Eaton’s vacuum interrupters avoid the use of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6), which poses environmental and safety concerns. They are designed to reliably switch high stress currents, and require no cooling or ventilation systems. Additionally, they are encapsulated in epoxy resin material and require virtually no maintenance over the product life cycle.