Meet our colleagues
Otto Barten - Loads Engineer
As a Loads Engineer my main responsibility is to perform high fidelity load calculations. The primary goal is to understand and optimize the dynamic behaviour of our multi-megawatt wind turbines in all kinds of circumstances like wind gusts, typhoons and even earthquakes. This means I have to continuously obtain in-depth loads calculations knowledge, but also knowledge about the mechanical design and about the control and electrical systems. This knowledge is shared regularly with my colleagues. This means that at Darwind you can really become an expert in wind energy.
I find it a privilege to have learned so much about cutting-edge wind turbine technology from some of The Netherlands' leading wind power engineers. Not only did I get the chance to develop myself as a wind turbine engineer, but also to see some of my ideas implemented on an industrial scale at our parent company, XEMC. The industrial action I saw at my travels to China was among the most valuable experience I had here. On top of that, it's truly rewarding to not only talk about the clean energy transition, but to create first-rate machines making a significant contribution to it every day!
As an employer, Darwind provides competitive and flexible primary and secondary working conditions. We also have a good working atmosphere, where colleagues always work together to achieve our common goals. This makes working here a truly satisfying experience!
Robert Rutteman - Team leader Electrical and Controls
As team leader electrical and controls at Darwind, I am working in an exciting environment with colleagues from several disciplines and contacts with universities, research institutes and international suppliers. The department deals with everything from the milli-Amps and milli-Volt level to the kilo-Amps and kilo-Volts level. For example:
- generator design using FEM calculations;
- modeling of interaction of wind turbines with the electrical grid up;
- control hardware;
- EMC issues;
- software development;
- control algorithms;
- and more practical work such as assistance to wind turbine tests and commissioning.
Our organisation is quite flat, which provides a good environment for sharing ideas in addition to the balanced mix of experienced professionals and younger engineers who bring fresh ideas. It is for this reason relatively easy to bring new ideas to life; there are no bureaucratic layers.
The development of new wind turbines evolves in phases:
- initial design
- assembly hall test
- commissioning .
Each phase is different, during the design phase there is more work in the office, interspersed with regular meetings at suppliers. The hardware and software that has been designed is tested in an assembly facility, which gives sufficient opportunity to check theory with practice.
Sometimes the commissioning takes place at unique locations. In this phase the turbines are made ready for power production and handover to the customer. It gives an enormous kick to press a start button of a wind turbine and see the huge rotor start producing energy. And it is also a very satisfying feeling to realize that you have contributed to clean, C02-free power, when you look into the mirror of your car while driving back home!