Ultracapacitors for Wind: Maxwell and Freqcon at HUSUM Wind 2015
October 05, 2015 | Simona Vrabiescu, Marketing Communications Manager – EMEA
Husum is a quiet and idyllic place in the North of Germany. Between the 14th and 18th of September it became a vivid center where major wind players and energy providers came together to exhibit their solutions and debate existing wind issues at the HUSUM Wind 2015 conference.
The new concept for HUSUM Wind 2015 focused on the important German wind market, and international players such as GE, Gamesa, Alstom and Acciona were in attendance.
Maxwell participated in HUSUM Wind for the first time, partnering with Freqcon, a German developer and manufacturer of renewable energy systems.
Maxwell was represented by Ralph Heick, regional sales manager, Jan Ernst, senior application engineer, and myself. We were joined by Klaus Harder, Freqcon’s business development manager. Klaus was a great asset to our team as he provided insights from the integrator perspective and shared with visitors about Freqcon’s experience with Maxwell ultracapacitors.
We exhibited Maxwell’s products for the wind market and Freqcon’s solutions, including the PSB or pitch power backup module and a grid stabilization cabinet with Maxwell ultracapacitors.
While batteries are still largely used in wind turbines for emergency power supply, they have poor temperature performance, limited lifetime in extreme weather conditions and require intense maintenance. Our ultracapacitors are used in more than 30,000 wind turbines to ensure emergency backup power and reliability of the pitch system.
Freqcon’s PSB-module gained the attention of several wind turbine manufacturers. A technical poster prepared by Maxwell and Freqcon served as an educational piece on retrofitting wind turbines with ultracapacitors.
The Maxwell/Freqcon ultracapacitor cabinet for grid stabilization was also a hot display, which opened up interesting discussions about the stability of the grid and the quality of the energy supply.
We took time to walk the show and discover the latest technological updates, including Hanning & Kahl’ solution for rotor brakes, which integrates Maxwell ultracapacitors. For the whole team the event was a great opportunity to share with our visitors Maxwell’s technology and increase awareness of our ultracapacitor solutions.
Marketing Communications Manager – EMEA
About this author
Simona Vrabiescu holds an engineering master’s degree in mechanics and optical equipment and an M.B.A. in business administration. Her background includes international experience in various management positions in the field of energy transmission and distribution, automation, transportation, medical equipment and aviation at AREVA, ALSTOM, ABB, Phonak and Aerofina. Simona is a member of the Swiss Engineering Association and Marketing Institute.
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