Power Electronic Drives, Controls, and Electric Generators for Large Wind Turbines-An Overview

Ke Ma, Lucian Tutelea, Ion Boldea, Dan M. Ionel, Frede Blaabjerg

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Wind represents a major and growing source of renewable energy for the electric power systems. This article provides an overview of state-of-the-art technologies and anticipated developments in the area of power electronic drives, controls, and electric generators for large multi-megawatt wind turbine systems. The principal components employed in a turbine for energy conversion from wind to electricity are described, and the main solutions that are commercially available are briefly reviewed. The specific issues of complex mission profiles, power codes, and reliability are discussed. Topics of power electronics, ranging from devices to circuit topologies, and similar matters for electric generators, together with results of optimal design studies are included. It is shown that the individual power rating of wind turbines has increased over the years, and technologies required to reach and exceed a power rating of 10 MW are discussed. The role of power electronics for improving the operation of wind turbines and ensuring compliance with power grid codes is analyzed with a view at producing fully controllable generation units suitable for tight integration into the power grid and large-scale deployment in future smart power systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1421
Number of pages16
JournalElectric Power Components and Systems
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jul 21 2015

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  • controls
  • grid code
  • power electronics
  • power system
  • reliability
  • variable-speed generator
  • wind generator
  • wind turbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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