At the Hanover Trade Fair, the certification office of the Forschungsgemeinschaft für Elektrische Anlagen und Stromwirtschaft e. V. (FGH) handed over two unit certificates to REpower Systems AG for variants of the MM series. All variants of the MM series are now certified. The certifications are fundamental for the German wind power business of the company as well as for international markets for which similarly demanding requirements apply, such as Great Britain, Canada or Australia.
Matthias Schubert, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at REpower Systems AG, emphasizes: “We are proud to be the very first manufacturer to receive an unlimited certificate. Once again, this illustrates the performance of our products with respect to network conformity. With a double-fed generator system and partial converter, our systems reliably fulfill the requirements with regard to supportive behavior in the event of network outages, for example, and therefore contribute to stability.”
After June 30, 2011, a transitional provision as per SDLWindV can no longer be applied. This means that after this date, generator units, i.e. wind turbines, as defined in the System Service Ordinance, must adhere to more stringent requirements regarding the behavior in the event of network outages.
If the wind turbines cannot meet these requirements, the wind farms are no longer permitted to be connected to the network, according to the regulations of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). “In recent months, we have further developed the components in view of these high requirements”, says Schubert. “The certification is the just reward for the numerous activities of our employees in the area of model development and validation in real operation.”
With the aid of a unit certificate and an expert’s opinion, the operator of a wind farm can demonstrate that the requirements are adhered to at the network node point. The experts who are currently preparing system certificates for wind farms with MM turbines are supported by REpower to the best extent possible. The first system certificates are expected in the coming weeks.
Unit certificates for the new generators of the REpower 3.4M104 series should be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 at the latest. Due to the prototyping regulation, the wind turbines of this series can be connected to the grid through the end of January 2011 without requiring a unit certificate and an expert’s opinion.