You have no doubt seen a lovely looking TESUP turbine from the outside. In today’s blog post we will be delving into the turbine internals to give you an idea of what TESUP turbines look like on the inside!
We will start from the top (a very good place to start in my opinion), at the wind turbine blades. Obviously you can see these from the outside but they provide a good starting point for the explanation. The turbine blades catch the wind, pushing against the blades. These blades are attached to a central shaft so when they are pushed they rotate the shaft.
We can follow the shaft down into the main casing of the turbine. Along the shaft, bearings support against non-useful horizontal forces and make sure everything spins freely. You can see most of the main bearing on the outside of an Atlas 2.0.
Attached at the shaft base is a gearbox. Another secondary shaft attaches after the gearbox. The gearbox acts as a converter between the two shafts, changing the speed of rotation as a result of the wind of the primary shaft to a speed of rotation which is compatible with the generator on the secondary shaft.
Finally, the secondary shaft runs through the rotor which sits in the generator, spinning the rotor and generating power. For more information on generators have a look at our blog post “Wind turbine component: 3 Phase Generator”
Electricity then flows out of your turbine for whatever use you like!
As you can see the wind turbine itself is not all that complicated. The tricky part is getting all of these different components to work efficiently all together!