Adaptive Torque Control of Variable Speed Wind Turbines

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The primary focus of this work is a new adaptive controller that is designed to resemble the standard non-adaptive controller used by the wind industry for variable speed wind turbines below rated power. This adaptive controller uses a simple, highly intuitive gain adaptation law designed to seek out the optimal gain for maximizing the turbine's energy capture. It is designed to work even inreal, time-varying winds.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages107
StatePublished - 2004

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-500-36265


  • adaptive controller
  • wind energy
  • wind turbines


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