DNV GL awards component certificate to ABB Switzerland for its main frequency converter for offshore wind turbines at HUSUM Wind 2015

Component certificate ensures compliance with DNV GL’s “Guideline for the Certification of Offshore Wind Turbines” before integrating the component into a final system design

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has awarded ABB Switzerland with component certification for its latest generation main frequency converter. The PCS6000 medium voltage wind converter has been developed specifically for use in offshore wind turbines and is available for capacities up to even 12MW offering a future-proof solution.

The certificate has been presented by Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification Body, DNV GL, to Stephan Ebner, Head of Product Management & Quality at ABB Switzerland.

The component certificate allows ABB Switzerland to emphasise its converter is in compliance with offshore wind turbine guidelines, demonstrating the quality of the product due to its compliance with all requirements relating to safety, functioning and quality that are needed for use in the tough environment for wind turbines. Furthermore, it will simplify and speed up the overall certification process of new wind turbines for manufacturers, as they are only required to provide documentation concerning integration of the converter in the wind turbine. The certification of the PCS6000 will provide ABB’s customers with the assurance needed before integrating the component into the turbine design and confidence in choosing ABB as a credible supplier.

Stephan Ebner, Head of Product Management & Quality at ABB Switzerland, commented: “We are very pleased that we have chosen DNV GL as our certification body for this project. In today’s market, approved and certified products are key to economic success and with its strong technical expertise DNV GL has proven to be a trusted and reliable partner. The certification underlines the quality of PCS6000, its production process and documentation, providing our customers with confidence that our component is meeting worldwide technical requirements and standards. Thanks to this certification, the development of new wind turbines will be faster and easier for our customers.”

Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification Body at DNV GL, added: “It’s been a privilege to work with ABB on this assignment to provide the component certification for its main frequency converter. Winning this certification contract proves that DNV GL is a leading certification partner for global wind turbine component suppliers. We look forward to working with the ABB team on further certifications in the future.”

Further information about the DNV GL Wind Component Certification can be found here: https://www.dnvgl.com/services/wind-component-certification-4024
More information about ABB’s PCS6000 medium voltage wind turbine converter can be found here: http://new.abb.com/power-converters-inverters/wind-turbines/utility-scale/pcs6000

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