Wind turbine Cpmax and drivetrain-losses estimation using Gaussian process machine learning

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In this paper it is shown that measured data in a wind turbine, available to the controller, can be formulated into a polynomial regression problem in order to estimate the turbine's maximum efficiency power coefficient, Cpmax, and drivetrain losses, assuming the latter can be well approximated as being linear. Gaussian process (GP) machine learning is used for the regression problem. These formulations are tested on data generated using the
Supergen Exemplar 5 MW wind turbine model, with results indicating that this is a potential low cost method for detecting changes in aerodynamic efficiency and drivetrain losses. The GP approach is benchmarked against standard least-squares (LS) regression, with the GP shown to be the superior method in this case.
Original languageEnglish
Article number032024
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Early online date19 Jun 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jun 2018
EventThe Science of Making Torque from Wind 2018 - Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018


  • polynomial regression problem
  • maximum efficiency power coefficient
  • Cp,max
  • Gaussian process (GP) machine learning


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