How to extend slip-ring life in wind turbines
A healthy wind turbine is a productive turbine, one that can improve a wind owner's ROI. However, even the smallest components can impact a turbine's overall efficiency if damaged or overworked. Proper maintenance and design of turbine components are vital to keeping a wind farm running reliably, and avoiding unscheduled repairs or costly replacements.
Small Component, Big Reliability
Fiber optic rotary joints are being considered more and more as a replacement for conventional precious metal contacts in wind turbines.
How to Keep Your Turbine Spinning
The design and manufacturing of a slip ring component is imperative to the overall function and efficiency of a wind turbine.When a slip ring fails, power and communication data cannot pass through to pitch mechanisms, and other controls in the hub and top box; this can cause a wind turbine to shut down. This is also why manufacturers have devoted a great deal of engineering and research to developing wind turbine slip rings that last longer, and require less maintenance.