PC-based Control for Wind Turbines PC-based Control for Wind Turbines

Open automation solutions for wind power

Manufacturers of wind turbines face the task of retaining maximum flexibility in face of the continually changing demands of the market in order to keep their products competitive. Beckhoff PC-based control technology and automation components, which are nowadays in use in wind turbines up to a size of 5 MW – including cold climate regions such as the North Cape and extreme climatic regions such as Inner Mongolia – make their contribution to fulfilling these requirements.

Applications & Solutions


Solutions: Beckhoff implements open automation systems on the principle of PC-based control technology. This openness enables the turbine manufacturers to adapt their systems to varying demands both in the first draft design and also for later system expansion at low cost.


Applications: The application reports illustrate application options for Beckhoff products and technologies in practice.

EtherCAT – ultra high-speed communication

EtherCAT – ultra high-speed communication: Outstanding performance, flexible topology and simple configuration characterise EtherCAT, the real-time Ethernet technology from Beckhoff.

Scientific Automation

Scientific Automation: The continually increasing performance of PCs is the basis for the integration of further functions, which go beyond the limits of conventional control, into automation software.

XFC | eXtreme Fast Control Technology

XFC | eXtreme Fast Control Technology: XFC, the fast control solution, is based on an optimised control and communication architecture that is capable of I/O response times < 100 μs.