Power and Energy Analysis of Commercial Small Wind Turbine Systems

Nikola Milivojevic, Igor Stamenkovic, Nigel Schofield

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Abstract

Small wind turbines harvest wind energy to provide carbon free energy for residential and small commercial applications. Current technology consists of a diode-bridge rectifier and an off-the-shelf generator. Such a simplified system does not utilize the full capacity of the turbine because the generator drive system is not designed specifically for wind turbine applications. This paper presents the technology that is commonly used in small wind turbines today. The relationship of the wind turbine's mechanical characteristics and the generator power characteristics are explained and some basic design considerations for small wind systems are discussed. The tests utilize a permanent magnet (PM) generator which is connected to the grid via an industrial inverter, and run for different speeds to examine the output power characteristics. Standard operation as well as the control of such a system is covered in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - ICIT 2010
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE-ICIT 2010 International Conference on Industrial Technology
Pages1739-1744
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781424456970, 9781424456963
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE-ICIT 2010 International Conference on Industrial Technology - Vina del Mar, Chile
Duration: 14 Mar 201017 Mar 2010

Conference

ConferenceIEEE-ICIT 2010 International Conference on Industrial Technology
Abbreviated titleICIT 2010
Country/TerritoryChile
CityVina del Mar
Period14/03/1017/03/10

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