Electric generators and their control for large wind turbines

Ion G. Boldea, Lucian N. Tutelea, Vandana Rallabandi, Dan M. Ionel, Frede Blaabjerg

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The electric generator and its power electronics interface for wind turbines (WTs) have evolved rapidly toward higher reliability and reduced cost of energy in the last 40 years. This chapter describes the up-to-date electric generators existing in the wind power industry, namely, the doubly fed induction generator, the cage rotor induction generator, and the synchronous generator with DC or permanent magnet excitation. The operating principle, performance, optimal design, and the modeling and control of the machine-side converter for each kind of generator are addressed and evaluated. In view of the fact that individual power rating of WTs has increased to around 10 MW, generator design and control technologies required to reach this power rating are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Energy Devices and Systems with Simulations in MATLAB and ANSYS
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781498765831
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Energy


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