Increasing digitization, in combination with larger wind turbines, is confronting the wind-power industry with steadily increasing data volumes. Consequently, the trouble-free and fast transmission of this data is absolutely essential for many wind farm operators.
To meet this trend, HARTING is focusing on the new fibre-optic rotary transmitter with bidirectional data transmission. The transmitter meets the requirements for even faster exchange of large data packets between the nacelle and the rotating hub. The wear-free and maintenance-free system offers end-to-end optical fibre-optic networking of the entire system – from the tower base over the nacelle to the hub.
To support this system, HARTING developed the MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture). MICA makes it possible to store, evaluate, and process data directly in the application environment and can be configured with individual hardware, freely available software and suitable interfaces – in a manner that entirely meets customers’ individual requirements.
HARTING also has product innovations in its broad portfolio of connectors with high-performance plastic and corrosion-resistant aluminum housings. These include innovations within the Han-Eco series. With the new Han-Eco B, HARTING has developed a plastic connector that is fully compatible with the industry standard Han B while at the same time combines all the advantages of a plastic connector. In addition to being impervious to external environmental influences, the rear mounting of the contact inserts in the bulkhead mounted housing, which can save considerable costs in the manufacturing process.
The Han-Eco Snap rounds out this continuous expansion of the portfolio. The Snap was designed for indoor applications and, with its separately detachable upper housing part, not only facilitates installation but also enables potential measurement in an installed state. Along with all standard inserts, the Han-Eco series can use modules in conjunction with the articulated frame from the Han-Modular range. The Han ES Press gives customers the opportunity to quickly perform tool-free wiring or make changes in the field.
At WindEnergy Hamburg this week, HARTING presented its over-voltage module that can be integrated into the connector. Thanks to this connector, an applied over-voltage potential can be safely dissipated within the connector even before entering the switch cabinet. The new HARTING LED light features as another highlight at the show. The optimized design delivers 35 percent better light output. This leads to a cost reduction in the overall solution for tower equipment, since fewer total lamps are required in the system.