Designing and Integrating Wind Power Laboratory Experiments in Power and Energy Systems Courses

Surya Santoso, Min Lwin, Jaime Ramos, Mohit Singh, Eduard Muljadi, Jason Jonkman

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The goal of this paper is to describe the approach in designing and constructing wind power laboratory experiments for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in power and energy systems. These are separated into basic hands-on laboratory and advanced simulation-based experiments. The basic experiments are integrated into an undergraduate course that includes topics such as the steady-state operation of induction machines, fixed-speed, and variable-speed wind turbines. Advanced experiments are integrated into a stand-alone course dedicated to wind energy and power systems. Topics include the modeling of aerodynamic, mechanical, and electrical components for each type of wind turbine along with their steady-state and dynamic operations. The experiments were originally designed at the University of Texas at Austin. Their transferability to a different laboratory platform at the University of Texas Pan American is also discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number6762914
Pages (from-to)1944-1951
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-61413


  • Power engineering education
  • power system simulation
  • reactive power control
  • student experiments
  • wind power generation


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