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The perfect training tool for Wind Energy Technology from Power Generation to Operation & Maintenance

Wind Energy is the fastest growing renewable form of energy source in the world. To maximize benefits from this technology, engineering students and technicians must be educated with the science and operational methodologies of wind turbines. SpectraQuest’s Wind Turbine Simulator (WTS) has been designed to teach/learn the fundamental principles of wind energy technology from power generation to operation and maintanence. This turnkey system provides an ideal platform for teaching the detailed concepts of how to generate electricity from the wind, workings of electro-mechanical mechanisms, wind turbine control systems, nature of aerodynamic forces, data acquistion, sensors & instrumentation, along with condition monitoring & diagnostics. The innovative design allows the WTS to be used with and without the presence of wind such as in laboratory settings. The system features three blade horizontal-axis turbine hub, nacelle with planetary and parallel shaft gearbox, three independently actuated blades with ability to control the pitch, yaw control mechanism, a vertical tower, and a complete control console. The integrated package comes with a hands-on experimentation device, curriculum along with a full set of instrumentation to expedite learning. This turnkey system can be used for teaching multiple courses in wind turbine technology.

Smart Design Makes the WTS Versatile and Easy to Use

The WTS is robust and designed to perform a variety of experiments to optimize the benefits on your investment. Modular design allows the user to configure WTS in many different ways. This feature enables instructors to use the same system in several courses for hands-on demonstrations to optimize student learning experience. The smart design of the WTS permits students to conduct controlled experiments first by varing one parameter at a time and changing several components simultaneously to mimic the reality. This approach is essential for explaining certain hard to understand underlying principles governing a bigger idea. The WTS system greatly suceed in this task because it is robust and each component is machined to a close tolerance.

The WTS is comprehensive and is applicable in teaching several courses. It permits the illustration of the principle of conversion of mechanical energy to electricity; how to store energy using a battery and a charging device; perform maintenance tasks, teach assembly and inspection procedures; perform data acquisition and condition monitoring; instruct complex instrumentation such as slip ring and transducers; and learn turbine control system. Several theoretical concepts are also computer simulated to expedite learning. The effects of various paraments such as number, length and type of blades, wind speed, etc. on the efficiency of power generation can be easily demonstrated.