Meet our colleagues
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!
Chen Yiquan - Loads Engineer
Hi, I'm Chen, I have been employed as a Loads & Control Engineer by XEMC Darwind since December 2008. I am working at the Loads-Control-Offshore Engineering department, which deals with the load calculations (for both onshore and offshore wind turbines), the wind turbine control algorithm development, and the offshore engineering projects.
In my opinion, Darwind is a very high-tech company, and a green company. It is a high-tech company since it specializes on the onshore and offshore wind turbine designs, which requires multidisciplinary theories and many practical engineering experiences. It is a green company since it thinks for the future of our living home - the earth - and, it provides the solutions to the sustainable green energy.
Darwind is relatively small and flat organized compared to the large-scale company, so the wonderful thing of working here as an Engineer is that you get the opportunities to challenge yourself more than you can think and that you are enabled to go beyond your limit. This is to say that you are working with multidisciplinary professionals, which makes the work here so creative and unique too.
The working environment here is very friendly. First, it is an international company, the official writing language is English, everybody speaks beautiful English too. Secondly, the people here are very friendly, easy going, and open to share their knowledge. This means that we learn from each other a lot.
The work at Darwind is colourful and meaningful, you are proud of what you achieved in your career and what you contributed to the green world while seeing the big machines are rotating and producing green power, which would give you the better chance to breath in the fresh and clean air under the clear blue sky.