Carbone of America, a provider of power and signal transfer solutions, has re-designed the phase and ground brush holders for Hitachi generators installed in the GE fleet of 1.5 MW wind turbines. The new Carbone of America brush rigging assembly is designed to reduce wear, maintenance and downtime in the long term, according to the company.
The new brush holders are plug-and-play and up-tower, and require no modifications to the generator. According to the company, the mass-produced holders, die-cast from bronze alloy, are built to withstand rigorous field use and wind turbine maintenance without sustaining damage.
Carbone of America engineered radial-mounted brush holders to eradicate the previous reaction and trailing configuration and improve load sharing and equal wear rates between brushes. The brush dimensions were changed to provide equal surface area for the same energy transmission.
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SOURCE: Carbone of America