Low-voltage switching and protection strategies for wind turbines

By Paul Dvorak This article comes from the ABB Review and is authored by Antonio Fidigatti, Paolo Baroncelli, Marco Carminati, and Enrico Ragaini
Wind turbines come in different designs, each with its own electrical behavior that needs a unique approach when it comes to switching and protection. A review of the three most common turbine designs reveals the important factors to be taken into consideration in the choice of switching and protection components.
More than 150,000 wind turbines are currently installed worldwide. Over 90 percent of these generate electrical power at low voltages, less than 1,000 V.
More than 150,000 wind turbines are currently installed worldwide.

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