Solar Energy Pioneer Glides into Wind Power with SOLIDWORKS Software
A REVOLUTIONARY WIND TURBINE DESIGNAfter initially learning to use SOLIDWORKS to design a solar tracker, ADES engineers utilized the software to create the company’s revolutionary pendular wind turbine. With conventional wind turbine designs, the lack of evenness in intensity and direction, as well as the continuity in wind, can damage both turbines and the electric system to which they are connected. The unique ADES pendular wind turbine employs a downwind construction shape that automatically orients itself toward the wind by means of three passive mechanical systems: a swiveling single-blade rotor, a pendulum power train, and a self-steering nacelle. The design compensates, accumulates, and reinstates wind speed variations, preventing them from affecting the evenness of generator rotation and subsequently diminishing structural overload and power peaks caused by wind gusts. With lower stress loads, the turbine tower has a longer lifespan and requires fewer materials in its construction, thereby lowering the cost. “The project took just six months with a team of six people,” Riveros stresses. “Simulation was the key to helping us create this product so quickly and shorten our design cycle by 25 percent.”
VERSATILITY SHORTENS TIME-TO-MARKETIn September 2009, ADES debuted its 100 kW and 250 kW turbines at the Wind Power Expo Fair in Saragossa, Spain, with 1000 kW and 1600 kW turbine models to follow. Riveros asserts that the versatility of SOLIDWORKS software enabled the company to shorten by 50 percent the time it took to bring this revolutionary product to market. “Because of the benefits SOLIDWORKS provides in terms of design speed, we are more competitive,” Riveros points out. “It allows us to come up with fast solutions and provides realistic views and animations of our design projects.”
FEWER ERRORS MINIMIZE WASTEIn addition to helping ADES bring innovative products to market more quickly, SOLIDWORKS has allowed the company’s designers to curb scrap/rework costs by at least a third. Since implementing SOLIDWORKS solutions, ADES has minimized waste and unnecessary costs by substantially reducing the number of design errors. “With robust tools such as interference detection and sheetmetal design, we simply have fewer surprises,” Riveros explains. “We can also communicate more effectively with customers and suppliers using eDrawings® files, which help to eliminate potential errors or misunderstandings.”
Extend the company’s expertise in the development of innovative solar-tracking products into the wind power market.
Utilize integrated SOLIDWORKS design and simulation solutions to reduce design cycles, minimize waste, and accelerate time-to-market.
- Cut design cycle by 25 percent
- Shortened time-to-market by 50 percent
- Reduced scrap/rework costs by 33 percent
- Created a revolutionary wind turbine design
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Simulation Premium
SolidWorks Flow Simulation