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Somewhere in the posts, or an article linked in them (that I can't find now) I seem to recall wind did not have to use inverters. Can you explain that: not necessary but most do, depends on wind manufacturer, etc?


Hi op,

I think you might be remembering a comment made in this thread: http://boards.fool.com/power-one-back-from-the-dead-28890213...

However, judging by comments made by CEO Thompson and an industry analyst in this article -- http://pacbiztimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task... -- I'd have to say that wind power most definitely does need inverters.

Quoting from the article:
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"Almost half of the wind market is captive — the guys who build the turbines build the inverters," Thompson said. "That leaves half of the market, but it’s still a huge market."

There are technical challenges as well, Nasdeo said.

"Wind inverters are more difficult than solar energy because of the volatility of the sine wave of the energy from a wind turbine," Nasdeo said. "A lot of companies just don’t spend much time on them. … But by the same token, if somebody comes up with a real technologically advanced type of inverter — high-efficiency and things like that — I think you’ll see folks going to it."
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Whether or not all wind power generation requires inverters or not, I can't say.

Cheers,
Jim
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