Wind Turbine Control System Modeling Capabilities

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) National Wind Technology Center we are continuing to make progress in our ability to model complete wind turbine systems. An ADAMS(R) model of the NREL variable-speed test bed turbine was developed to determine whether wind turbine control systems could be simulated and to investigate other control strategies for this turbine. Modelsimulations are compared with data from the operating turbine using the current mode of operation. In general, the simulations show good agreement with test data. Having established confidence in our ability to model the physical machine, we evaluated two other control methods. The methods studied are a generalized predictive control method and a bias estimation method. Simulation results usingthese methods are compared to simulation results of the current mode of operation of the turbine.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1998
EventAmerican Controls Conference - Philadelphia, PA
Duration: 24 Jun 199826 Jun 1998


ConferenceAmerican Controls Conference
CityPhiladelphia, PA

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-24378


  • control systems
  • turbines
  • wind


Dive into the research topics of 'Wind Turbine Control System Modeling Capabilities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this