Certification and standards body DNV GL has awarded ABB Switzerland with component certification for its latest generation main frequency converter. The PCS6000 medium-voltage wind converter has been developed specifically for use in offshore wind turbines and is available for capacities of up to 12 MW.
According to DNV GL, the component certificate allows ABB Switzerland to emphasize that its converter is in compliance with offshore wind turbine guidelines – demonstrating the quality of the product due to its compliance with all requirements relating to safety, functioning and quality that are needed for use in the tough environments where wind turbines are located.
Furthermore, it will simplify and speed up the overall certification process of new wind turbines for manufacturers, as they are only required to provide documentation concerning integration of the converter in the wind turbine. The certification of the PCS6000 will provide ABB's customers with the assurance needed before integrating the component into the turbine design and confidence in choosing ABB as a credible supplier.