Vertical axis wind turbines: minimising generator losses by torque control

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Abstract

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) tend to produce mechanical torque which varies significantly with rotor azimuth angle. The cost of the electrical generator is related to the peak generator torque which in turn depends on the choice of torque/speed control strategy. This choice of control strategy also affects the copper and iron losses of the generator; these can be modelled using harmonic analysis. The paper demonstrates how an optimal control strategy (from a generator loss point of view) can be achieved without significant extra cost.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2016
EventEAWE 12th PhD Seminar on Wind Energy in Europe - DTU, Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 25 May 201627 May 2016

Conference

ConferenceEAWE 12th PhD Seminar on Wind Energy in Europe
CountryDenmark
CityLyngby
Period25/05/1627/05/16

Keywords

  • Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs)
  • mechanical torque
  • electrical generators
  • torque control

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    Michael Argent (Speaker)

    26 May 2016

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    Argent, M., McDonald, A., & Leithead, B. (2016). Vertical axis wind turbines: minimising generator losses by torque control. Paper presented at EAWE 12th PhD Seminar on Wind Energy in Europe, Lyngby, Denmark.