In response to growing grid challenges and requirements, turbine maker Senvion is launching a new turbine in its 3 MW turbine class.
According to Senvion, the Next Electrical System (NES), which includes a fully rated converter and an asynchronous generator, meets the rising requirements of grid operators in the various markets. The NES constitutes a further development of the previous system on the basis of the doubly fed induction generator and generates high yields with its sustainable design while lowering the levelized cost of electricity.
Senvion says one of the drivers for the new turbine stems from forthcoming interconnection requirements within the German market – an important locale for Senvion. In 2014, Senvion installed 185 turbines of the 3 MW class with a total rated output of 600 MW.
‘The gradual changeover to renewable energies in the grid is a project unlike any other, which means that we must expect a stream of new challenges,’ explains Russell Stoddart, Senvion's chief technology officer. ‘At Senvion, we are therefore looking toward the future and predicting possible requirements over the next 10 years to optimize our turbines for long-term grid stability at an early stage.’