When several clients who operate wind farms on the German island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea required assessments of their retrofitted wind farms to ensure conformity with grid code requirements, a thorough analysis in compliance with relevant regulations was necessary. That is why FGH, a cooperation partner of TÜV Rheinland, was the right choice for the project, by virtue of its
expertise in grid code compliance
The excellent wind conditions on the island of Fehmarn, Germany prompted the building of many wind farms there 15 years ago. Subsequent changes to the legislative framework and adoption of the System Service Ordinance by Wind Energy Plants (SDLWindV) in 2009 led the German government to offer incentives to wind farm operators to retrofit existing wind turbines and make them compliant with the advanced requirements of the grid codes for medium and high voltage regulations (Medium Voltage Directive and TransmissionCode respectively).
Wind farm operators who reinvested and upgraded their existing wind turbines receive a bonus payment for the energy they produce only after they successfully obtain confirmation of their grid code compliance.
Following a ninety-year tradition as the leading research association of Germany‘s electric power utilities and industry, FGH provides a full range of services for the integration of dispersed power generation units into the power grids. The FGH Certification Office, accredited for grid code compliance proofing, provides unit as well as
for national and international grid codes.
An experienced partner like FGH enables TÜV Rheinland to offer clients a full-service one-stop shop solution for all
About TÜV Rheinland:
Founded 140 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring
quality and safety
for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life.
We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world. Since 2006 we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.
For the wind energy sector we provide a comprehensive service portfolio, covering every aspect of wind energy projects – from site selection, design and manufacturing support to dismantling plants.
FGH is an accredited
certification - L0
body and performed the technical assessment and respective analyses in this project to ensure the conformity and verify compliance of the wind parks with grid code requirements.
The main task of the project was verification of the requirements of SDLWindV for wind turbines that were commissioned between 2002 and 2008. The procedures used were based on the recommendations in Technical Guideline No. 8 (TR8) of the German Wind Energy Funding Association (FGW), which in fact were developed with substantial input from FGH experts. Apart from verifying the correct implementation and validity of reactive power under voltage protection, FGH also checked the active power reduction in case of over frequency.
In addition, a comprehensive analysis of the protection scheme and the reactive power capability was carried out, where the undersea cables to the island connecting it to the continental power system were taken into account. The retrofitted wind turbines of type ENERCON E70 E4 also received their unit certificates from FGH.
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FGH supported the various wind farm clients: