Wind Turbine Modeling Overview for Control Engineers

Patrick J. Moriarty, Sandy B. Butterfield

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Accurate modeling of wind turbine systems is of paramount importance for controls engineers seeking to reduce loads and optimize energy capture of operating turbines in the field. When designing control systems, engineers often employ a series of models developed in the different disciplines of wind energy. The limitations and coupling of each of these models is explained to highlight how these models might influence control system design.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 American Control Conference, ACC 2009 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 200912 Jun 2009


Conference2009 American Control Conference, ACC 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-46615


  • B8245 wind power plants
  • C1310 control system analysis and synthesis methods
  • C3340 control of power systems and devices
  • control engineers
  • control system design
  • power generation control
  • practical, theoretical or mathematical/ control system synthesis
  • turbines
  • wind
  • wind energy
  • wind power
  • wind turbine modeling
  • wind turbine systems


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