Maximum power point tracking for variable-speed fixed-pitch small wind turbines

Ghanim Putrus, Mahinsasa Narayana, Milutin Jovanovic, Pak Sing Leung

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Variable-speed, fixed-pitch wind turbines are required to optimize power output performance without the aerodynamic controls. A wind turbine generator system is operated such that the optimum points of wind rotor curve and electrical generator curve coincide. In order to obtain maximum power output of a wind turbine generator system, it is necessary to drive the wind turbine at an optimal rotor speed for a particular wind speed. In fixed-pitch variablespeed wind turbines, wind-rotor performance is fixed and the restoring torque of the generator needs to be adjusted to maintain optimum rotor speed at a particular wind speed for maximum aerodynamic power output. In turbulent wind environment, control of wind turbine systems to continuously operate at the maximum power points becomes difficult due to fluctuation of wind speeds. Therefore, special emphasis is given to operating at maximum aerodynamic power points of wind rotor. In this paper, the performance of a Fuzzy Logic Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) controller is investigated for applications on variable-speed fixed-pitch small- scale wind turbines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference and Exhibition on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 2009)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
ISBN (Print)978-1849191265
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
EventCIRED 20th International Conference on Electricity Distribution - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 1 Jun 2009 → …


ConferenceCIRED 20th International Conference on Electricity Distribution
Period1/06/09 → …
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