Chapter 4: Control

J. W. van Wingerden, D. Schlipf, Pieter Gebraad

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The industry's primary goal for state-of-the-art wind turbine controllers is to maximise the energy capture while keeping the turbine within its operational limits, such as maximum rotor speed or maximum power, which is limited by the generator capacity. To guarantee a reliable operation over the turbine's lifetime, the structural loads need to be kept within their design limits. In the turbine and controller design process, an increase in energy is evaluated against higher loads; the result is that designers usually make specifications that increase material costs.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationLong-term Research Challenges in Wind Energy - A Research Agenda by the European Academy of Wind Energy
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Topics in Wind Energy, Volume 6
EditorsG. van Kuik, J. Peinke
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5000-68731


  • energy capture
  • loads
  • reliability
  • wind turbines


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