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Germans Developing Grid Simulator for 20MW Wind Turbines

Power News - Published on Mon, 24 Feb 2020

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German research institute Fraunhofer IWES is developing a mobile grid simulator that will allow the testing and optimization of the grid compatibility of very large wind turbines with an output of up to 20MW. As a mobile test facility, the “Mobil-Grid-CoP” grid simulator will serve to verify current and future grid system services as well as electrical properties of a wind turbine.

Future turbine sizes, especially offshore, demand an output in excess of 15MW, which cannot be provided by today’s test benches. In the future, the new mobile grid simulator will be able to simulate various grid connection points and dynamic grid events for this testing prototypes directly in the field. In addition to grid errors, the mobile test facility to be developed will also allow testing of dynamic frequency changes to analyze the supply of active power from the turbine and examine the effects thereof on the overall system. It will also be possible to simulate future requirements such as blackouts in order to test the grid restoration capacity of power grids.

The project will run for three years. The commissioning is planned for fall 2022.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy BMWi is financing this research project to the tune of EUR 12.7 million.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 24 Feb 2020
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