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Lightning protection of wind turbines

Abstract

Lightning damage to wind turbines is a serious problem for Danish power companies, who have experienced some cases with very costly lightning damage and a large number of cases with minor damage. The most costly cases include one catastrophic damage to an entire wind turbine, and several cases of destruction of blades, main bearings, generators and control systems. Over the years there have been several hundreds of cases with minor damage - typically damage and interruptions of the control and communication systems, or the power systems. The Danish power companies anticipate that the lightning threat will be even bigger for the large off-shore wind turbine installations that are currently being planned in Denmark. Furthermore, it is known from the off-shore wind turbines at Vindeby in Denmark that the costs of inspection and particularly repair work must be expected to be much higher off-shore as compared to wind turbines on land. These considerations was the background for a two year project concerned with investigation of lighting damages and with the formulation of a DEFU Recommendation for lightning protection of wind turbines, which was published in January 1999. The project was funded by the Danish power companies Elsam, Eltra, Elkraft and by  More>>
Authors:
Soerensen, T; Brask, M H; [1]  Jensen, F V; Raben, N; [2]  Saxov, J; [3]  Nielsen, L; [4]  Soerensen, P E [5] 
  1. DEFU (Denmark)
  2. SEAS (Denmark)
  3. Nordjyllandsvaerket (Denmark)
  4. Vestkraft (Denmark)
  5. Risoe National Lab. (Denmark)
Publication Date:
Mar 01, 1999
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
RISO-R-1114(EN); CONF-990314-
Reference Number:
SCA: 170602; PA: DK-99:001430; EDB-99:087316; SN: 99002098336
Resource Relation:
Conference: EWEC`99. European wind energy conference, Nice (France), 1-5 Mar 1999; Other Information: PBD: Mar 1999; Related Information: Is Part Of Contributions from the Department of Wind Energy and Atmospheric Physics to EWEC `99 in Nice, France; Larsen, Gunnar C.; Westermann, Kirsten; Noergaard, Per [eds.]; PB: 256 p.
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; RECOMMENDATIONS; DANISH ORGANIZATIONS; WIND TURBINES; LIGHTNING; SAFETY
OSTI ID:
679648
Research Organizations:
Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark). Wind Energy and Atmospheric Physics Dept.
Country of Origin:
Denmark
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE99747779; ISBN 87-550-2542-0; TRN: DK9901430
Availability:
OSTI as DE99747779
Submitting Site:
DK
Size:
pp. 229-232
Announcement Date:
Oct 15, 1999

Citation Formats

Soerensen, T, Brask, M H, Jensen, F V, Raben, N, Saxov, J, Nielsen, L, and Soerensen, P E. Lightning protection of wind turbines. Denmark: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.1049/PBPO058E_ch14.
Soerensen, T, Brask, M H, Jensen, F V, Raben, N, Saxov, J, Nielsen, L, & Soerensen, P E. Lightning protection of wind turbines. Denmark. doi:10.1049/PBPO058E_ch14.
Soerensen, T, Brask, M H, Jensen, F V, Raben, N, Saxov, J, Nielsen, L, and Soerensen, P E. 1999. "Lightning protection of wind turbines." Denmark. doi:10.1049/PBPO058E_ch14. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1049/PBPO058E_ch14.
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title = {Lightning protection of wind turbines}
author = {Soerensen, T, Brask, M H, Jensen, F V, Raben, N, Saxov, J, Nielsen, L, and Soerensen, P E}
abstractNote = {Lightning damage to wind turbines is a serious problem for Danish power companies, who have experienced some cases with very costly lightning damage and a large number of cases with minor damage. The most costly cases include one catastrophic damage to an entire wind turbine, and several cases of destruction of blades, main bearings, generators and control systems. Over the years there have been several hundreds of cases with minor damage - typically damage and interruptions of the control and communication systems, or the power systems. The Danish power companies anticipate that the lightning threat will be even bigger for the large off-shore wind turbine installations that are currently being planned in Denmark. Furthermore, it is known from the off-shore wind turbines at Vindeby in Denmark that the costs of inspection and particularly repair work must be expected to be much higher off-shore as compared to wind turbines on land. These considerations was the background for a two year project concerned with investigation of lighting damages and with the formulation of a DEFU Recommendation for lightning protection of wind turbines, which was published in January 1999. The project was funded by the Danish power companies Elsam, Eltra, Elkraft and by DEFU. (au)}
doi = {10.1049/PBPO058E_ch14}
place = {Denmark}
year = {1999}
month = {Mar}
}