Are Wind Turbines Step-Up Transformers the weak link of the Wind Energy Supply Chain

Developers will often trade their low initial costs to secure wind energy capital. This is in exchange for higher total costs to own wind farms. In managing electricity infrastructure, all needs must be wise and with quality products. Then MGM Transformers can help to supply varying secondary voltages to externally connected loads. You can find quality electrical and lighting products at the MGM Transformer Company.

The fastest growing sector in the US’ energy sector is that which converts wind energy into electrical power. Wind energy makes up less than 5 percent of US electrical production today. This number is expected rise to 20% over the next few decades. To make this happen, it will be necessary to create new sites despite a declining economy.

A virtual modern-day land rush is being created thanks to federal stimulus funds. According to one industry leader “If there’s any site that has a viable winds profile, access network connections, and access for material delivery and it’s not developed by us, then someone else will.”

The mad rush to put up more wind turbines than ever has outstripped the development learning curve. This is where new technologies mature through a process of trial-and-error, and the result is the most suitable equipment for the job.

Today’s market is more competitive because of the additional economic pressures. According to many industry experts, this has lead to equipment purchasing decisions being based on low initial costs. It is not about the best solution in terms total cost, network stability, downtime, or revenue lost from high maintenance. This is not as evident as it is with Wind Turbine Generators transformers.

Although WTG’s function has historically been handled using conventional, off the shelf distribution transformers for this purpose, recent failures indicate that WTG’s need to be much more robust. Conventional ‘off the shelf’ distribution transformers are a poor solution. Site operators might keep an inventory of spare transformers to deal with the frequent outages caused when standard distribution transformers are used in situations that they aren’t appropriate.

The Wind Turbine Generator’s (WTG-) transformer is critical in this process. Therefore, its design must be carefully and thoughtfully considered and reevaluated.