Small-Scale Wind Power Electricity Generation Power System (8010-3)

The Small-Scale Wind Power Electricity Generation Training System enables students to study the complete process of wind power electricity generation directly in the classroom. The training system also covers the storage of electrical energy in batteries to ensure that it is available when there is no wind or during low wind periods. The training system features the Wind Turbine Generator/Controller, Model 8216, and the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply, Model 8960-2. The Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply is used as a prime mover in order to drive the wind turbine generator. By varying the rotation speed of the prime mover and the current through the generator windings, students can measure the generator parameters for different speeds and load values. The prime mover is also used to emulate wind blowing on the blades of a wind turbine rotor. In this mode of operation, the prime mover’s torque-speed characteristic is identical to the torque-speed characteristic that would be obtained at the wind turbine rotor for different wind speeds. This allows students to plot the typical curves of the wind turbine. Finally, the wind turbine controller can be used to adjust the charge current of a storage battery in order to maximize the amount of energy stored in the battery at any wind speed.

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Features & Benefits

  • The training system teaches the basic principles of wind power electricity generation directly in the laboratory.
  • Wind speed and air density are simulated in the training system using a user-friendly and highly-configurable wind emulator.
  • All main components found in real wind turbines can be accessed separately in the Wind Turbine Generator/Controller, Model 8216.
  • The course curriculum of the Electric Power Technology Training Program is highly flexible and allows a multitude of different customized training solutions.
  • The courseware includes student manuals and instructor guides with all the theory required to perform the hands-on experiments.
  • All workstations, modules, and components are very sturdy to ensure a prolonged service life in a demanding environment such as a training laboratory.
  • The modular design approach of the training equipment allows a large variety of courses to be performed using a small number of modules, without unnecessary duplication of equipment.
  • All electrical components can be interconnected without electric shock hazard since all live parts of the connection leads are concealed and insulated.
  • All electrical symbols representing the components used in a laboratory exercise are clearly silk-screened on the front panel of the modules.
  • The training system includes a highly versatile USB peripheral:
    • Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply, Model 8960-2. This module is used as a dc power source, as well as to simulate different wind conditions through a large variety of configurable parameters.
  • Firmware upgrades for the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply are available for download free of charge on the Festo Didactic website.

Topic Coverage

  • Voltage, Current, and Ohm’s Law
  • Equivalent Resistance
  • Power in DC Circuits
  • Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Battery Fundamentals
  • Discharge Characteristics
  • Battery Charging Fundamentals
  • Battery Charging Methods
  • Voltage-Speed Characteristic of a Wind Turbine Generator
  • Torque-Current Characteristic of a Wind Turbine Generator
  • Power versus Wind Speed
  • Storing the Energy Produced by a Wind Turbine into Batteries

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