Now that the U.S. election is over, there is renewed activity to push Congress and the President to extend the Wind Energy Tax Credit (PTC). Advocates from both sides of the aisle, governors and industry groups have combined to implore Congress to act before the end of the year. See the article here.
So what does this have to do with PowerbyProxi and wireless power? One key issue is the cost of power generated by the wind turbines currently in operation and the on-going cost for turbines that will be erected under the tax credit. PowerbyProxi has been intimately involved in designing solutions that address one key source of turbine downtime and maintenance costs, the slip ring on the turbine pitch control system.
The pitch control system is the key safety system on an operating turbine. The reliability of this system directly impacts uptime and power production efficiency. Proxi’s wireless slip ring, the Proxi-Ring, has just completed its two year trial on a wind turbine in Spain with zero downtime. This is compared to what the operator previously experienced with necessary downtime for cleaning and maintenance on the mechanical slip ring being 6 times during a comparable period.
With this extended reliability testing behind us, PowerbyProxi will be moving to full commercial roll out in 2013 to help reduce operating costs on current wind turbine installations, and working to get OEMs to include high reliability Proxi-Rings on new turbines. In doing so, we can secure the value of the Tax Credit investment and provide low cost power to the consumer. As a Green Energy company, we ask that you support the PTC and continued expansion of clean energy technology.