New Wind Turbine Generator Ditches Mechanical Transmission, Ups Efficiency 50 Percent
New wind generator design takes advantage of an advanced electrical transmission to decrease cost while boosting performance
The new generator scraps the mechanical transmission, replacing it with an electrical one. The new transmission still requires a bit of blade pitching when winds are extremely high. However, it is able to extend the peak efficiency range significantly, balancing gusts and lulls, and producing, over the course of the year, up to 50 percent more power.