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Title: Wind turbine having a direct-drive drivetrain

Abstract

A wind turbine (100) comprising an electrical generator (108) that includes a rotor assembly (112). A wind rotor (104) that includes a wind rotor hub (124) is directly coupled to the rotor assembly via a simplified connection. The wind rotor and generator rotor assembly are rotatably mounted on a central spindle (160) via a bearing assembly (180). The wind rotor hub includes an opening (244) having a diameter larger than the outside diameter of the central spindle adjacent the bearing assembly so as to allow access to the bearing assembly from a cavity (380) inside the wind rotor hub. The spindle is attached to a turret (140) supported by a tower (136). Each of the spindle, turret and tower has an interior cavity (172, 176, 368) that permits personnel to traverse therethrough to the cavity of the wind rotor hub. The wind turbine further includes a frictional braking system (276) for slowing, stopping or keeping stopped the rotation of the wind rotor and rotor assembly.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Northern Power Systems Inc., Waitsfield, VT (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1176184
Patent Number(s):
7,431,567
Application Number:
10/858,551
Assignee:
Northern Power Systems Inc. (Waitsfield, VT)
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 17 WIND ENERGY

Citation Formats

Bevington, Christopher M., Bywaters, Garrett L., Coleman, Clint C., Costin, Daniel P., Danforth, William L., Lynch, Jonathan A., and Rolland, Robert H. Wind turbine having a direct-drive drivetrain. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Bevington, Christopher M., Bywaters, Garrett L., Coleman, Clint C., Costin, Daniel P., Danforth, William L., Lynch, Jonathan A., & Rolland, Robert H. Wind turbine having a direct-drive drivetrain. United States.
Bevington, Christopher M., Bywaters, Garrett L., Coleman, Clint C., Costin, Daniel P., Danforth, William L., Lynch, Jonathan A., and Rolland, Robert H. Tue . "Wind turbine having a direct-drive drivetrain". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1176184.
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title = {Wind turbine having a direct-drive drivetrain},
author = {Bevington, Christopher M. and Bywaters, Garrett L. and Coleman, Clint C. and Costin, Daniel P. and Danforth, William L. and Lynch, Jonathan A. and Rolland, Robert H.},
abstractNote = {A wind turbine (100) comprising an electrical generator (108) that includes a rotor assembly (112). A wind rotor (104) that includes a wind rotor hub (124) is directly coupled to the rotor assembly via a simplified connection. The wind rotor and generator rotor assembly are rotatably mounted on a central spindle (160) via a bearing assembly (180). The wind rotor hub includes an opening (244) having a diameter larger than the outside diameter of the central spindle adjacent the bearing assembly so as to allow access to the bearing assembly from a cavity (380) inside the wind rotor hub. The spindle is attached to a turret (140) supported by a tower (136). Each of the spindle, turret and tower has an interior cavity (172, 176, 368) that permits personnel to traverse therethrough to the cavity of the wind rotor hub. The wind turbine further includes a frictional braking system (276) for slowing, stopping or keeping stopped the rotation of the wind rotor and rotor assembly.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2008},
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