Terms Related to Turbine Manufacturers The following are some terms that are related to turbine manufacturers:
Anemometer: An anemometer is a device that is used to measure the speed of the air within a wind turbine.
Controller: A turbine’s controller is the device that tracks the speed of the blades. If the speed goes too high then the controller automatically turns the unit off.
Cut-in Speed: The cut-in speed of a turbine is the minimum velocity the blades must reach in order to produce electricity. This term mostly applies to wind turbines.
Dump Load: Dump loads are installed by manufacturers to ensure turbines do not damage themselves by producing too much electricity. After a turbine’s battery is full all additional electricity that is produced is sent to the dump load for removal.
Generator: The generator is the part of a turbine that turns kinetic energy, or energy of motion, into electrical energy.
Grid: The grid is the system that all of the electricity created by a turbine is sent to so that it can be exported to individual homes and businesses.
Tail: A wind turbine’s tail, which is large and flat, is used to line the rotor up with the wind.
Tip Speed Ratio: The tip speed ratio of a turbine is determined by finding that ratio between the actual speed of the wind and how quickly the equipment’s blades are turning.
Transformer: A transformer is a piece of equipment that alters an alternating current’s voltage.
Watt: A watt is a unit used to measure electrical energy conversion. One kilowatt is equal to 1000 watts.