Design of generators for offshore wind turbines

A. McDonald, J. Carroll

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Although they are based on the same fundamental electromechanical principles, the design rotating electrical machines to convert mechanical to electrical power in wind turbines is different to that found in more conventional power plants. Because of the differences in the rest of the wind farm, the design priorities of generators for offshore wind tend to be different to those for onshore wind: there is an emphasis on high efficiency, higher power rating and high reliability. The search for a generator type that delivers lowest cost of energy continues, with a number of technologies in development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOffshore Wind Farms
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies, Design and Operation
EditorsChong Ng, Li Ran
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing series in energy
PublisherWoodhead Publishing


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