Wind gear manufacturer Moventas and generator manufacturer The Switch, have announced the delivery of the first commercial order for FusionDrive, a gearbox and generator combination. The first delivery is going to Germany-based DeWind.
“We think FusionDrive is the next big thing for the wind industry. It includes the benefits of a hybrid drive, but Moventas and The Switch have taken the integration even further,” says Dr. Sungkon Han, Managing Director of DeWind Europe.
The developers say FusionDrive is the answer to the challenge of turbines needing to be bigger in size and power, while the race is on to lower the cost of energy. The developers say FusionDrive is the smallest and lightest combination of gearbox and generator. Studies have confirmed that it is a technically optimized solution to limit rotational speed. More important to turbine manufacturer and energy provider, the unit provides the highest energy yield and the best serviceability in the market, say the two companies.
The unit requires minimal maintenance, say the companies. The gear and generator can be split, and all components are changeable in the nacelle enabling best serviceability in the market.
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