Grid Friendly, Government Approved

A looming challenge of the wind energy industry is how to increase operational utilization. Requirements by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies state that turbines must operate in a manner that will not disturb the grid. Owners and operators of wind farms would like them to operate much like a conventional energy plant where output can be throttled and grid fluctuations can be absorbed—in other words, grid stability. This means variable speed control with the use of synchronous generators, a low voltage ride through (LVRT) capability, and effective energy storage.

How can composites help?

Despite current systems, OEMs want to see a 3-4 percent increase in efficiency. On the other end, utility operators that own both gas and turbine plants want them to behave the same. Composite technologies that can increase energy efficiency will be necessary in the coming years.