NREL Develops New Controls that Proactively Adapt to the Wind (Fact Sheet)

Sheri Anstedt

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    Until now, wind turbine controls that reduce the impacts of wind gusts and turbulence were always reactive-responding to the wind rather than anticipating it. But with today's laser-based sensors that measure wind speed ahead of the turbine, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their industry partners are developing more intelligent controls. The world's first fieldtests of these controls are currently underway at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL, with plans for future commercialization.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages2
    StatePublished - 2012

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-57249


    • advanced controls
    • blade pitch controller
    • Blue Scout Technologies, Inc.
    • CART2
    • CART3
    • carts
    • Colorado School of Mines
    • commercialization
    • controls advanced research turbines
    • CU
    • field tests
    • intelligent controls
    • LIDAR
    • light detection and ranging
    • Michigan aerospace
    • turbulence
    • University of Colorado at Boulder
    • University of Stuttgart
    • wind gusts
    • wind loads
    • wind turbine controls


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