White Paper: Boost Wind Turbine Availability and Reduce O&M Costs with Ultracapacitors for Emergency Wind Pitch Control Backup Systems
June 25, 2018 | Maxwell Technologies
Wind farm site personnel are familiar with the day-to-day operations of a wind farm, including the complex technical aspects of wind turbine maintenance.
One area that can present recurring challenges is the wind turbine’s emergency pitch control system.
Pitch systems with lead-acid batteries tend to present a variety of technical difficulties, including deteriorated battery performance in high heat or frigid temperatures, additional turbine climbs to address battery system issues, pitch faults triggered by the battery system, higher O&M costs to replace components, and more hours of turbine downtime for related maintenance and troubleshooting.
These typical pain points can be addressed by retrofitting wind turbines with ultracapacitor (supercapacitor) energy storage modules.
Maxwell Technologies’ white paper, "Boost Wind Turbine Availability and Reduce O&M Costs with Ultracapacitors for Emergency Pitch Control Backup Systems” outlines the benefits of high power, fast-response ultracapacitor technology for the emergency pitch function, including longer life, higher reliability in the often demanding and remote environments in which turbines are located, reduced number of pitch faults, decreased O&M costs due to minimal to no maintenance requirements, and increased hours of turbine operation.
This paper is a must-read for wind farm site managers, wind technicians, and original equipment manufacturers looking to streamline turbine operations.
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