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If not read on and good luck with your installation.
Wind Turbine Placement:
Choosing the best location to install your New wind turbine. If possible find were the wind is coming from what direction hold the most wind power yearly This can be done by a wind speed data colleciton wind meter. Then finding a suitable location were the wind incoming is most frequent and strong. Finding where there are no obstructions to stir up wind turbulence. Flying a kite with a long ribbon tail will find the height on location of the smooth air flow. If tail is straite out behind the kite it is smooth air. If it is whipping the tail wildy wind turbines will not run with good rated power.
Do not go cheap on foundations if possible ask a engineer to design it for your soil type. Foundation is a stablizer for tower mounting keep the it bottom heavy and aways point upright in storms and high winds.
Grounding electrical components:
Recommended in wind turbine system industy that all components use one central earth grounding point. Reason behind this is electric power travels thru the point of the path of least resistance. Static or AC or DC.
Scenario is say your installer grounded the control for the wind turbine extremely well using separate earth grounding for it and only party grounded the wind turbine generator and pole with a separate grounding . Weather and climate changes resistance value enough to be higher than in the control room. "all through you thought it was well grounded" then some wild high voltage electric charge came to your turbine generator causing it look for a place to travel to a earth ground. this charge could range from a low amp static to a lighting bolt power. If it finds the path to and thru your controller to ground easly traveled in compared to the ground available at your wind turbines tower or mounting it will damage the control and possible the inverter all in the same trip.
If one central ground is used it will increase the odds that it will take the shortest distance of travel because the resistance value going directly will be less than going thru the control if sharing the same grounding point.
A lightning arrester is a device used on electrical power systems and telecommunications systems to protect the insulation and conductors of the system from the damaging effects of lightning.
If your wind turbine system incorporates all of the above using the best products with highest ratings it should survive most electrical storms:
If not good luck your system will get zapped sooner or later!
Note it happen to me one day in my home. I had a 15ft radio tower with a 4 element high gain beam antenna with directional motor for my two way radio system.My simple tower mounting system I had made up three section tower I purchased. with tower next to home and no earth grounding was installed. ( huge mistake ). I was sitting eating in my kitchen next to my radio that was right behind my seat. My wife saw the blue glowing going on in the room were I sat. It toased my radio and washer & close dryer instantly. Lucky me it was not a direct lighting bolt hit but just a low powered high voltage stringer that Zapped my stuff. The Voltage Path ran from the antenna to thru my Directional antenna motor, Into the house wiring and thru my two way radio into the house wiring and into my washer & drier then to the earth ground of the house hold wiring. Note no electrical smoke just dead radio , dead directional antenna, dead washer controls dead drier controls. All because of poor lack of grounding the tower properly.
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