The Switch Introduces Technology to Maximize Wind Turbine Efficiency and Energy Production

New style of drive train leverages an optimized permanent magnet generator and full-power converter package to capitalize on variable wind speeds for maximum energy capture and delivery to the grid

In the race to harness the wind, turbine manufacturers have sought an ideal drive train configuration that increases energy production and limits power losses. Based on years of experience with industrial drive applications, The Switch has developed a drive train for the wind power business that utilizes an optimized permanent magnet generator (PMG) and full-power converter package. This unique drive train, The Switch Drive, allows active power extracted from the turbine, as well as the reactive power produced, to be individually and precisely controlled over the entire operating speed range.

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