WIN! With its innovative and secure solutions for the harsh environment of wind power installations, Weidmüller is continually contributing to the competitiveness of customer applications. What sets the new lighting system apart?
Schlingmann: Our goal is not only to supply customers with individual components, but also to develop innovative concepts that simplify work processes and enhance plant efficiency. This is exactly what we've done with our new FieldPower® LED lighting system for wind power installations. The core element is the use of LED lamps, which boast extremely low power consumption and long-lasting durability. Used together with a complete system for uninterruptible power supply, remote monitoring and optional outlets, this creates a ready-to-fit solution for lighting, emergency lighting and power supply of the entire plant. All the parts are proven and perfectly coordinated to one another, so the lighting system can be easily included in any application.
Schlingmann: Up until now, linear fluorescent luminaires were often used to provide interior lighting in wind power installations. Compared with LED technology, linear fluorescent luminaires harbour a wealth of disadvantages during ongoing plant operation.
In addition to their high power consumption, they are also very fragile and often result in unnecessary additional costs for maintenance and replacement. It certainly isn't uncommon for the actual installation and maintenance work to be preceded by unscheduled servicing, as it is simply impossible to work safely in the towers without sufficient interior lighting.
We have developed two FieldPower® LED variants to cater to the particular requirements of the different areas in a wind power installation. Given its non-directional light incidence, the FieldPower® MONO LED is excellently suited to illuminating large spaces and work areas in the blade and nacelle, for instance. We designed the FieldPower® DUO LED, meanwhile, to respond especially to the requirement in ascent and decent areas. Its design means that it delivers
by the circle of light to visually warn service staff when there are problems in the plant. At the moment, acoustic warning systems are used, but these can very quickly be drowned out by ambient noises.
This innovative and unique combination opens up fresh potential for cutting costs and optimising the efficiency of wind power installations, as well as simplifying quality management at the same time.
Published in May 2014
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