Prototype D8.2 Wind Turbine in Germany Ready for Testing

Composite Technology Corporation’s subsidiary DeWind Inc., has completed erection of the high-performance two-megawatt (2 MW) DeWind D8.2 wind turbine at the DEWI-Offshore and Certification Centre GmbH (DEWI-OCC) test site in Cuxhaven, Germany.

The DeWind D8.2 uses a Voith WinDrive(R) and a synchronous generator connected directly to the grid to produce power at 13,800 Volts, without the use of power electronics. The WinDrive(R) is a hydrodynamic torque converter that allows the variable speed of the wind to be converted to a constant speed allowing clean power to be delivered to the grid. Michael Porter, President of both CTC and DeWind Inc., stated, “This is a major milestone in the introduction of utility scale wind turbines utilizing a synchronous generator connected directly to the grid. By removing power electronics and using synchronous generation the DeWind D8.2 sets a clear precedent and takes another step closer to wind power being considered a true power plant.”
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