Lidar-Enhanced Wind Turbine Control: Past, Present, and Future: Preprint

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This paper will look at the development of lidar-enhanced controls and how they have been used for turbine load reduction with pitch actuation, as well as increased energy production with improved yaw control. Ongoing work will also be discussed to show that combining pitch and torque control using feedforward nonlinear model predictive control can lead to both reduced loads and increased energy production. Future work is also proposed on extending individual wind turbine controls to the wind plant level and determining how lidars can be used for control methods to further lower the cost of wind energy by minimizing wake impacts in a wind farm.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 American Control Conference - Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 6 Jul 20168 Jul 2016


Conference2016 American Control Conference
CityBoston, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-65879


  • feedforward
  • levelized cost of energy
  • lidar control
  • NREL
  • wind energy
  • wind farm
  • wind plant
  • wind turbine


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