Worlds first superconducting wind turbine on grid and producing power

After the successful installation of the EcoSwing generator in Thyborøn, the project has progressed further. Now commissioning has advanced to a level where this compact and lightweight generator is grid connected and producing power.

The EcoSwing project has had its "Kitty Hawk Moment" at 14:00h on 6 December 2018 when Envision's direct drive turbine produced net power to the grid. Soon thereafter the engineers could ramp the EcoSwing to 1 MW and beyond.

Thus EcoSwing claims the title as world's first wind turbine with a grid connected superconducting generator. Test and verification is in progress to capture new knowledge on operation with superconductive technology.

Permanent Magnet Out – Superconductor In

The EcoSwing consortium has taken the new compact and lightweight electric generator to its test site in Thyborøn. At the GC-1 turbine the previously installed permanent magnet generator and the superconducting device swapped places. Jesper Hansen of Envision Energy commented "In the wind turbine we can prove that this technology is ready and it is mature. This will push the thinking around how to make electrical machines into new directions.". This latest in series video clip will give you an insight into the state of this exciting project.

EU Breakthrough in Superconductive Wind Power

EcoSwing progress receives worldwide appreciation. That is great! In fact, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology calls EcoSwing a breakthrough in superconductive wind power. For those fluent in Chinese, this article is a good summary of the approach and progress in EcoSwing.

Read the article on its original  MOST's web site..

Superledende generator skal gøre vindmøllerne lettere

A superconducting generator will make wind turbines lighter. That is the essence of an article that was published by Bjørn Godske for Ingeniøren, a Danish weekly newspaper specialising in engineering topics.

This article has quite a number of technical facts and figures from the design and from the testing phase."It's really weight saving which means something when the generator needs to be lifted up to 100 meters," says Jesper Hansen from our project partner Envision Ennergy

Retrieve an online copy of this interesting Ingeniøren article  here.

Big Rotor on a Diet...

...this is what science reporter Frank Grotelüschen commented on the EcoSwing generator when he did a series of interviews for the Deutsche Welle (DW). DW is Germany's public international broadcaster with service is available in 30 languages.

"Higher, bigger and more power. Wind turbines have become so big and heavy that transport and installationare becoming increasingly difficult. The solution: significantly lighter and compact generators using high temperature superconductors. An EU project is creating the world's first superconducting wind turbine".

This is his take away after he had interviewed our project partners Werner Prusseit (THEVA), Jesper Hansen (Envision), and Jan Wenske (IWES)

Retrieve the entire DW article  here. Clicking on the bottom right hand side of the picture embedded into the article leads you to the original audio. Have fun listening!

Also you might be interested in a press release by Fraunhofer IWES. Our project partner Hans Kyling reports on the results of the ground-based testing.

Retrieve this press release  here. Here you can easily switch language between English and German, and you can view some hi-res pictures from the testing.

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