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Norvento Selects ANSYS for Renewable Energy Engineering Simulation

By DE Editors

Norvento Energía Distribuida, a renewable energy company in northwest Spain, has selected the multiphysics suite of software from ANSYS, Inc. for enterprise-wide use in developing and optimizing renewable forms of energy. Norvento expects to leverage the coupled electromagnetic, thermal, and structural simulation capabilities of ANSYS technology in developing designs.

One of the company’s most significant recent projects is development of a new innovative wind turbine specially designed for distributed energy applications.

“We determined that engineering simulation was the best tool for coming up with fast, effective, and innovative designs,” says Miguel Hoyos, technical director at Norvento Energía Distribuida. “For example, the ANSYS tools enable us to perform electromagnetic calculations of rotating electrical machines, thermal calculations associated with electromagnetic effects of the operation of the rotating electrical machines, and structural calculations that are mainly linear but for specific parts with high displacements. Simulation will help us arrive at the best design more efficiently and most cost effectively.”

Norvento chose an enterprise-wide approach so its various departments could share technology and collaborate on resulting data, coupling software for multiphysics analysis where needed.

“Wind turbine design stands to benefit greatly from the coupled use of ANSYS multiphysics software, since the platform can simulate various engineering aspects—from aerodynamic analysis to structural and component design,” says Ahmad Haidari, director, industry marketing at ANSYS, Inc. “With the addition of Ansoft electromagnetic products to the ANSYS suite, Norvento is able to optimize their wind turbine’s electromechanical system, considering factors such as the electric generator, variable speed control system, transformers, power electronics, power distribution, and sensor and actuator design.”

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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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