News: Gerstlauer Giant Wheel - Burning brake energy was yesterday
With their new Ferris wheel for Heinrich Willenborg GmbH, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH presented and implemented for the first time solutions for active energy management in amusement facilities.Together with the partner SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co KG for the drive technology, the innovative technology in practical use today ensures more energy efficiency in the operation of the Giant Ferris Wheel.The braking energy from the intermediate circuit is stored in the energy storage system and reused during the next stroke or rotation - no 'burning' of braking energy but rather the management of braking energy was applied. The new performance and energy management system ensures that the braking energy is not lost, but can be used for acceleration and especially for start-up energy peaks. Among other things, it consists of fast physical storage modules - in the form of capacitors in the drive system - into which the electrical energy is recovered. This is the first advantage and the precondition for the many other resource-saving effects that the system makes possible. This not only reduces energy consumption and costs, but also the demands on the electrical hardware - and at the same time contributes to higher system availability.
Other positive features of active energy management can be found in reducing load peaks, compensating for voltage dips or even bridging power failures.