DNV GL certifies inverter from ABB Switzerland

Tuesday, 22 September, 2015 - 11:15
The component certificate is handed over at the HUSUM Wind trade fair (from left to right): Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification Body, DNV GL, Stephan Ebner, Head of Product Management & Quality, ABB Switzerland and Matthias-Klaus Schwarz, Head of Section Electrical Systems, DNV GL. (Photo: DNV GL)
The component certificate is handed over at the HUSUM Wind trade fair (from left to right): Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification Body, DNV GL, Stephan Ebner, Head of Product Management & Quality, ABB Switzerland and Matthias-Klaus Schwarz, Head of Section Electrical Systems, DNV GL. (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL, an international classification society and provider of energy expertise and certifications, has awarded a component certificate to ABB Switzerland for its latest generation of frequency inverters. ABB Switzerland developed the medium-voltage inverter PCS 6000 specifically for offshore wind turbines. With capacities up to 12 MW, it can accommodate future developments.

The component certification confirms that the frequency inverter complies with the applicable guidelines for offshore wind turbines and that it fulfils all requirements regarding safety, function and quality, making it suitable for use in wind turbines at offshore sites. In addition, the certificate simplifies and accelerates the entire certification process for new wind turbines from different manufacturers. They only need to document the fact that their wind turbines are equipped with this inverter.

"The certificate is proof of the quality of the PCS 6000, including its manufacturing process and product documentation," said Stephan Ebner, head of product management and quality at ABB Switzerland. "It gives our customers the certainty that our component satisfies all applicable technical requirements and standards worldwide. It also facilitates and accelerates the certification and development of new wind turbines."

Bodo Höche / DNV GL

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