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The Difference Between a Windmill and Advanced Wind Turbine Technology

It’s time to stop calling advanced wind turbines “windmills.”...

How Does a Wind Farm Work?

Starting a wind farm is a massive project, one that requires careful research, planning, and negotiation.  ...

Wind Turbine Glossary of Terms -- Pitch System & More

Understanding the guts and inner workings of a wind turbine requires being up to speed on electronics, physics, and mechanics. Depending on how involved a wind farm owner is on day-to-day operations, it may be hard to keep up with the lingo when seeking repairs, ...

Wind Turbine Pitch Control Systems as a Fault Diagnosis Tool

An underappreciated part of your wind turbine system, the pitch actuator is mainly responsible for adjusting the wind turbine pitch angle. But when the pitch actuator faults (often through no fault of its own), the dynamic response of the pitch angle either slows ...

The Latest in Fault Diagnosis Tactics for Wind Turbine Control Systems

The wind energy industry is become more and more reliant on modern technology. As the technology and stakes continue to rise in wind turbine control systems, there’s a need for new strategies in diagnosing faults. Let’s examine the emerging ways the pitch control ...

The Truth About Pitch System Downtime

When a wind turbine goes offline due to unplanned maintenance, the owner-operator can lose several thousand dollars each day. The most frequently cited culprit? At least one study has shown 23% of downtime is attributed to the pitch system. This is followed by the ...

The Vital Roles of a Pitch Control System

For any pitch-regulated turbine, you need a pitch control system within the overall control setup. A pitch control system is a critical part of any successful wind turbine design -- its absence would doom your project. Yet its definition is commonly misunderstood ...