in News Departments > FYI
print the content item

The Switch, a manufacturer of permanent-magnet generators (PMGs) and full-power converters (FPCs), has released a technology paper that the company says addresses an ongoing wind industry debate on drivetrain technology selection.

With this paper, the Finnish manufacturer says it tackles performance misconceptions surrounding the main two drivetrain technologies that currently dominate the wind industry and claims PMGs with an FPC will emerge as a clear technology of choice for modern wind turbines.

“In the wind power industry, the debate on which generator and converter option makes for the best modern wind turbine drivetrain is still raging,” says Jukka-Pekka Makinen, CEO of The Switch. “Numerous technology experts and industry commentators promote the use of the double-fed induction generator technology, while expressing doubts about the advantages of the permanent-magnet generator approach. In this paper, we aim to set the record straight and explain why PMG with a full-power converter is by far the best technology, regardless of which key decision-making criteria you use.”

The report is available here.




Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill With Wind PTC Extension

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House earlier this month, will renew the critical production tax credit through the end of 2014 - giving developers only about two weeks left to start construction.


Transmission Study Shows Nebraska Could Handle A Lot More Wind Power

A new report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board finds that the state already has enough infrastructure to accommodate at least 2 GW of additional wind generation.


Can Wind Energy And Birds Coexist? Environmental Group Says Yes

The Environmental Defense Fund, a supporter of responsible wind energy development, points out ways to help mitigate impacts of turbines on birds and bats.


Another Study Finds Wind Turbines Do Not Affect Nearby Property Values

Research conducted by the University of Guelph focused on regions in Ontario, and the conclusion echoes that of previous studies.


Too Little, Too Late? U.S. House Approves Wind PTC Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that would renew the wind production tax credit (PTC) and about 50 other expired tax breaks through 2014. The wind industry argues the short-term fix is virtually no fix at all.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015