Charlotte, NC – Parker Hannifin — SSD Drives Division has entered into an agreement to provide power conversion systems and generators to Green Energy Technologies LLC, for their recently launched WindCube®, a 60kW rooftop wind turbine designed for on-site power generation by commercial and industrial power users in urban and suburban locations. The turbine, which captures and amplifies the wind, fills a previously unmet need for wind turbines that can be placed into service in a very small footprint and take advantage of the nation's net metering laws. The WindCube turbine is available from Green Energy Technologies as a single (60kW) or dual (120kW) system and in rooftop or tower-mounted design. The product is modular to satisfy a customer's electrical requirements, and produces the same amount of energy in a 22’x22’x12’ framework as a traditional turbine with blades 50 feet in diameter.
The control system provided by Parker includes a main AC890 grid-tie inverter and a smaller AC890 motor drive for the yaw mechanism. Both devices communicate with an operator-friendly touch-screen over Ethernet. All of this is mounted and wired in a control cabinet for ease of installation at the site. In addition to the electronics, Parker is also providing the PMAC generator and a servo motor for the yaw mechanism and pre-configured cable sets.
Parker Hannifin is committed to the development of innovative solutions related to sustainable energy solutions, and the SSD Drives Division has applied and adapted over 30 years of experience in industrial drive technology to this rapidly growing market. With a proven control algorithm and robust IGBT power platform, the AC890 series offers reliability and ease of use with both induction and permanent magnet AC generators, as well as performing as a motor drive. In addition to wind energy recovery, Parker is actively involved with other sustainable technologies including solar power, ocean wave power, hybrid and electric vehicles, and battery energy storage systems.
Green Energy Technologies
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