Variable Geometry Wind Turbine for Performance Enhancement, Improved Survivability and Reduced Cost of Energy

Paul Veers, Glen Whitehouse, Marc Sibilia, Alan Bilanin

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Abstract

The conceptual design and proof-of-concept testing of a furling vertical axis wind turbine, suited to large-scale offshore deployment, is described. Through the implementation of variable geometry capabilities, extreme storm loads can be reduced, and unsteady flow-related fatigue loads can be minimized thereby reducing capital (structural) and maintenance costs. Moreover, annual power generation can be optimized in real-time to account for unsteady wind effects related to weather and siting thus improving efficiency and annual power generation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1303-1311
Number of pages9
JournalWind Energy
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5000-64919

Keywords

  • active control
  • furling
  • offshore
  • optimization
  • variable geometry
  • VAWT
  • VG-VAWT
  • wind turbine

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