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Breaking Down Wind Turbine Anatomy – What’s It Like Inside?

Wind Turbine Anatomy

Breaking Down Wind Turbine Anatomy – What’s It Like Inside?

In a world striving to build sustainable energy solutions for a cleaner future, innovations like wind turbines are integral to accessing renewable energy sources. Since they harness the power of the wind, people can steadily steer away from fossil fuels when generating electricity, allowing Mother Nature to recover from all the carbon emissions and other air pollutants.


Wind turbines also evolve as it strives to produce better results, newer turbines now make less noise than a car compared to their predecessors. As for its impact on birds, a study done by Benjamin Sovacool found that fossil fuel plants compromise the birds’ mortality rate 35 times higher than wind energy.


Many know the life-changing benefits wind power offers, but despite its revolutionary status, few know what a wind turbine actually looks like inside. If you want to better understand how wind turbines work, we first have to break down their anatomy.


The Four Primary Parts of a Wind Turbine Anatomy


1. The Foundation 

This is what holds the wind turbine up. Some turbines are over 2 football pitches in height and every second, tons of air pushes against the blades of the turbine, the equivalent weight of a double-decker bus. So these foundations have to be very big to keep up with the massive forces at play. Offshore, they use transition pieces instead of foundations. Most are drilled into the sea bed however some of the newer ones are floating and are attached by cables.

2. The Tower 

The tower is split into several sections each with a ladder within them. Climbing all the way to the top is a very tiring job (unless you’re lucky and there’s a lift installed). Climbing the ladders also requires extensive safety training; that’s why NRS Training Services offer GWO BST classes to increase safety for technicians working at heights.


3. The Nacelle 

Serving as the heart of the wind turbine, the nacelle houses all the crucial components that produce electricity. In the nacelle you will find the main shaft leading into the gearbox with a brake disc to help stop the turbine. This will then connect to the generator which will produce electricity that will be exported down the tower through electrical cables. The nacelle is where most maintenance tasks will be performed by technicians.


4. The Rotor 

Attached to the front of the nacelle, you’ll see the most iconic part of the wind turbine: the three herculean blades that harness the power of the wind to produce green energy. The three blades connect to a solid piece of steel called the hub. This assembly of the blades and the hub is what is called the rotor.


The Bottom Line: A Closer Look Into the Different Parts of a Wind Turbine Anatomy

Wind turbines are incredible inventions that can help fight global warming by providing renewable energy. Its anatomy is fairly simple since it only needs four main parts, but all of them working together to produce electrical energy from the kinetic energy of the wind. This will allow wind turbine farms to generate sustainable electricity for years to come.


Why Choose NRS Training Services?

We strive to help the renewable and the wind industry by improving the health, safety, and operational performances of all those who work within it; that’s why we offer a wide range of GWO training courses in Glasgow.

Book your course with us today at 0208 895 6794 and see what we can do to expand your practical knowledge for any situation!

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