The U.S. Department of Energy is counting on wind power to meet 20% of the nation’s power needs by 2030, up from 3% today. This feat will only be possible if the leading academic and industry experts advance technologies needed to develop offshore wind power, and NI is playing a central role in this collaboration.
Last November, Clemson University unveiled the world’s largest 15-megawatt Wind Turbine Drivetrain Test facility, intended to create new technologies for the energy market. They selected NI LabVIEW and NI PXI modular hardware for a majority of measurement types.
The facility has expanded to include a grid simulation lab that allows manufacturers to test both the mechanical and electrical characteristics of their machines in a controlled and calibrated environment. It uses LabVIEW and NI Multisim software, as well as NI PXI, NI R Series, NI FlexRIO, and NI CompactRIO hardware.
With this new and innovative testing center, companies can test a hardware prototype for any energy resource on a utility scale (up to 15 MW, which is HUGE) and gauge the impact of adding this technology to the actual grid before deploying it. This blows away any other wind turbine test facility in the world!