Effect of Control Algorithms on Fixed Pitch Wind Turbine Generators

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M. P. Rizzi

Measurex Automation Systems, Inc., Cupertino, CA 95014

D. M. Auslander

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720

J. Sol. Energy Eng 112(3), 147-152 (Aug 01, 1990) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930473 History: Received July 01, 1987; Revised February 02, 1990; Online June 06, 2008


The effect of control upon wind turbine performance is described using actual wind speed data from a wind farm in California. The algorithms studied are currently in use by some turbine manufacturers. The algorithms were studied using a computer model of a fixed pitch, utility connected wind turbine with an induction generator. The algorithm efficiency was found to be robust over a wide range of parameters. However, the number of start/stops varied greatly with different algorithms and parameters.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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