Future Transmissions for Wind Turbines
Most transmissions for wind turbines are set up by multiple consecutively arranged planetary gear sets and/or normal gear sets. Therefore these transmissions have a constant ratio. In order to feed the electricity produced by the wind turbines into the grid, an electric conversion to a constant frequency of 50 Hz is necessary. FZG developed a new concept for transmissions of wind turbines based on a planetary gear. By superposition of a small electric engine the transmission ratio is continuously variable. This makes an electric conversion unnecessary and thereby increases the efficiency of the wind turbine.
Zeyong Yin, Chengyu Jiang, Datong Qin, Peixin Qiao and Geng Liu
B. R. Höhn "Future Transmissions for Wind Turbines", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 86, pp. 18-25, 2011