Wind turbine generators (WTG)

Wind turbine generators

Inspection Frequency
Regulation or WSE dependant
Related Regulation
LOLER, Work from height equipment, PSSR, PUWER

Wind turbine components

  1. Foundation
  2. Connection to the electric grid
  3. Tower
  4. Access ladder
  5. Wind orientation control (Yaw control)
  6. Nacelle
  7. Generator
  8. Anemometer
  9. Electric or Mechanical Brake
  10. Gearbox
  11. Rotor blade
  12. Blade pitch control
  13. Rotor hub

Wind turbine Generators (WTG's) contain equipment which are required to be inspected under differing legislation. The list above is a generic list of these items.

WTG's are rated on output in Mega Watts. 1MW, 3MW etc. The larger "sail area" presented to the wind by the WTG blades the more torque produced to drive the Generator.

This can be a direct drive system or a geared system depending upon WTG design. However generally the larger the WTG and certainly 3MW and larger also require control gear in order to control the Blade pitch and speed to avoid over loading the system through an over speed condition. Often large WTG's actually feather the blades to prevent overspeed during very high wind speeds.

Remember in general you can split WTG's into 2 classes. Those below 60M hub height and those above 60M hub or nacelle height. Those above are normally fitted with a passenger lift / hoist to take persons to the Nacelle and those below generally are fitted with an access ladder only.

Generally you may expect to find the following items within a WTG and the legislation it attaches too.

LOLER

Passenger hoist
Lifting jib hoist / block
Lifting accessories

Work from height equipment

Ladder latch-way system
Escape/fall arrest equipment

PSSR

Accumulator's

PUWER

Ladders

Other

Fire extinguishers

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