DeWind Inc., a subsidiary of Irvine, Calif.-based Composite Technology Corp. (CTC), has completed the construction of the 2 MW DeWind D8.2 wind turbine at an offshore testing site in Cuxhaven, Germany.
The DeWind D8.2 turbine uses a hydrodynamic torque converter and a synchronous generator connected directly to the grid to produce power without using power electronics, the company says. Now that the turbines are installed, the engineering team at the site will run tests to certify the turbine.
‘This is a major milestone in the introduction of utility-scale wind turbines utilizing a synchronous generator connected directly to the grid,’ says Michael Porter, president of DeWind and CTC. ‘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.’