Vestas taps TTTech for world’s first 15 MW wind turbine

Vestas taps TTTech for world’s first 15 MW wind turbine

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By Nick Flaherty

TTTech Industrial is supplying its distributed real time Ethernet control technology to Vestas for the world’s first 15MW wind turbine.

More than 10,000 Vestas wind turbines with TTTech Industrial’s scalable distributed control system (DCS) have already been deployed in the field and Vestas continues to integrate the DCS into thousands of wind turbines each year.

The V236-15.0 MW offshore wind turbine produces up to 80 GWh/year, which equals to energy for over 200,000 households, depending on the conditions at the site.

Vestas used the DCS from TTTech Industrial to simplify the internal control systems in the turbines and avoid developing new system architectures for every new turbine model as well as to reduce system complexity to facilitate easier service and maintenance.

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Vestas is now able to reuse more than 70% of the turbine architecture when developing new turbine models. The DCS enables the connection of multiple control devices inside the wind turbine, with safety-critical and non-safety-critical functions being able to run next to each other on a specially developed controller. Data from multiple controllers is transmitted on a single network cable with Deterministic Ethernet technology, ensuring optimal bandwidth usage. This makes the entire system easier to maintain and reduces the need for expensive cabling inside the turbine.

 “We have been working successfully with TTTech Industrial for more than a decade. From the very beginning, high competency in functional safety and experience with safety-critical applications were a must for us. The DCS makes building new turbines easier and more cost-effective and speeds up time to delivery and installation. This ensures higher availability of the turbines and reduces energy costs for our customers. We currently use TTTech Industrial’s DCS in our turbines in the onshore sector and have now also included it into our newest offshore turbine, the V236-15.0 MW,” said Jan Sondergaard, Module Owner/VP at Vestas.

“The partnership with Vestas was a milestone for TTTech Industrial in the energy sector. Our long cooperation started with the integration of our DCS in a 4 MW turbine and continued with the roll-out of the DCS in other turbine variants. We are proud to contribute to renewable energy production together with Vestas and look forward to our continued cooperation,” said Thomas Berndorfer, Member of the Executive Board, TTTech Industrial.

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