Wind turbines operate on a simple principle. The energy in the wind turns two or three propeller-like blades around a rotor. The rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins a generator to create electricity.
What does a motor do in a wind turbine?
Direct-Drive Yaw System. The yaw motors power the yaw drive, which rotates the nacelle on upwind turbines to keep them facing the wind when the wind direction changes.
How do wind turbines work when it not windy?
If there is too little wind and the blades are moving too slowly, the wind turbine no longer produces electricity. The turbine starts to create power at what is known as the cut-in speed. Power output continues to grow as the wind speed increases, but at a slower rate than it does right after the cut-in point.
Do wind turbines generate AC or DC?
Small wind turbines produce a variety of voltages and some produce DC power. Small wind turbines generally require an inverter to match the power output with the load and/or interconnection frequency and voltage.
Why do some wind turbines not turn?
Why do the turbines not spin at times? The most common reason that turbines stop spinning is because the wind is not blowing fast enough. Most wind turbines need a sustained wind speed of 9 MPH or higher to operate. Technicians will also stop turbines to perform routine maintenance or repairs.
What is the rpm required to generate electricity?
1,000-1,800 rpm is the rotational speed required by most generators to produce electricity. The high-speed shaft drives the generator which produces AC electrical current.
How much does a 5kW wind turbine cost?
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How long does it take a wind turbine to pay for itself?
Each wind turbine has a life cycle of approximately 20 years and can begin paying for themselves within an average period of 15 years, although this time frame can be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances.