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Endurance Test of an Offshore Wind Turbine in the Laboratory

Science Daily -- Feb. 14, 2013 — Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES in Kassel are testing the complex control system of wind turbines under real conditions in the laboratory before they are built into offshore wind energy plants. This way, software and hardware faults can be found and eliminated before the costly installation of the turbine.
Our virtual wind turbine tricks the control computer into believing it is controlling a real system. Here at the institute we can simulate every conceivable environment, depending on what the manufacturers are planning and want to test. The advantage of our system compared with existing solutions is a special modeling approach that makes secure and reliable real-time simulations possible,


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 7:58:41 AM

indeed humble. If humans are involved, there will be errors made.

But the folks at Fraunhofer are pretty good about their stuff.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 2:38:53 PM

there is always error involved in anything
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musicreporter
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:31:06 PM

great ideas
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:02:42 PM

harness and understand all concepts
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:18:27 AM

Go wind power!
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condé
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:34:22 AM

Cha Ching....... to you consumer
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EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:26:44 AM

Great, if I lived on a coast I would really want to see a wind farm in my ocean view.
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Suzzoom
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:11:15 AM

Sounds like a good--that is independent--test facility. Nevertheless, glitches are bound to happen when you get away from computers & into the real world. Hopefully, this will prevent much of that.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 9:49:54 AM

R&D comes at a cost.
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Hot air is congress's specialty
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bullseye100
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:59:21 AM

I don't know much about wind turbines but I wonder if they produce enough energy to warrant the danger to migratory birds and their ugly looks.
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METEOR49
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:58:12 AM

there has to be a better way , this seems like it belongs in the stone-age.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:57:13 AM

but we all know you can't outsmart "mother Nature"
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:54:55 AM

Ok
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sailfreeMI
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:54:44 AM

Good luck with that.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:54:18 AM

okay
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:54:16 AM

"Technology is good. Build more coal fired power plants. They take a lot less land. "

Modernization is essential to coal fired power plants since they aren't going away anytime soon.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:53:08 AM

good idea to test it first, ya think!
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:52:58 AM

I think this should be but on the table of energy stability
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:51:46 AM

Great ,if it works?
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:51:31 AM

What?
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:51:26 AM

no thanks
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:51:22 AM

Very cool idea. Unfortunately, it will be the things that they don't test for that will bring these monsters down.

Still, a strong step ahead.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:50:58 AM

very expensive installation and wiring
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:50:49 AM

Neat
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:50:45 AM

If we could harness the Core, Our abundance of energy would be endless and cheap!

But it would make no difference to the democrats and the Krazies.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:50:22 AM

This is another of thos green energy things that are fixin to go south
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:50:05 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:49:51 AM

I gotta wonder what the total cost of ownership is on a wind turbine. The maintenance on those things must be expensive.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:49:20 AM

Great. This would happen WHEN?
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:48:13 AM

cool stuff. does this affect gas?
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:47:22 AM

When will our "windmobiles" get invented =:)
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:47:21 AM

right on belladog. why is this newsworthy.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:47:17 AM

This sounds pretty far fetched to me.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:47:09 AM

Very smart !!
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:46:46 AM

tricks evertone
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:46:41 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:45:40 AM

Virtual turbin???? The only real test is one that is in place at the desired location. Virtual anything is like Global Warming-dosen't exist.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:44:43 AM

Murphys Law must also be figured in there
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:43:54 AM

wow, test a product in a lab before using it - what a novel idea
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:43:32 AM

The real test is on the complete system complete with 100+ knot winds, salt spray, and driving rain. Having a perfect control system on a turbine system that is destroyed by the elements is not cost effective.

[Edited by: Buck_on_Bass at 2/18/2013 8:46:19 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:42:00 AM

Still not production-grade, though these are certainly not land-based so they will have multiple issues to overcome.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:41:31 AM

Moving forward.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:41:02 AM

Smart.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:40:12 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:40:06 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:39:52 AM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:39:49 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:39:47 AM

Test it in a lab first. Now thats an original idea.
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:39:39 AM

Go for it!
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