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CONNECTIVITY


Wind energy A


a breeze for rugged connectors Jonathan Newell looks at new


connector designs that overcome the difficult conditions in wind turbine towers.


s the energy generation industry changes its approach from consuming natural resources to a more sustainable model,


so the landscape is also changing with the appearance of more solar farms, hydro-electric power stations and collections of wind turbines. The growth of wind energy has been gaining momentum since the first turbines appeared in the 1980s with countries like Germany taking a stance of promoting more sustainable sources of energy and focusing on wind generation as an alternative to building more nuclear power plants. By 2016, Germany had


installed over 27,000 wind turbines generating approximately 46,000 MW of output and that figure is still growing strongly, both in Germany and other parts of the world.


❱ ❱ Ease of installation is an important factor in the confined spaces of wind turbine nacelles


❱ ❱ Internal tower LED lighting has built-in redundancy to prevent failures


❱ ❱ The IP65 Han-Eco


connector is robust and able to withstand harsh environmental conditions


2 /// Electronics Testing 2018


AN ERA OF RENEWED TECHNOLOGY According to Jens Grunwald, Assistant to the Board of Directors at Harting Germany responsible for new technology and system integration, the demands on all turbine components are extremely high with a wide range of different devices and subsystems being incorporated within the turbine for power supply, data communication and transmission of control signals. “Powerful connectors


have an important part to play in this respect, helping to control the gondola, the position related to the


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