Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical and Computer Engineering
When wind-energy conversion systems are used to produce electrical power by the use of synchronous alternators driven by fixed-pitch impellers, they often do not extract maximum possible energy from the wind. This is because they do not maintain an optimal rotational speed in relation to wind speed. Therefore, their efficiency is good only over a narrow range of wind speeds;In this dissertation, a technique for optimizing the efficiency of wind energy conversion systems is described that is based only on the measurement of the wind system output voltage without the requirement for direct measurement of the wind speed or rotational speed of the alternator. A description is given of the design philosophy and construction for a microprocessor-based controller that implements the optimizing technique and is adaptable to different types of wind systems. A method for taking performance data based on a modified "Method of Bins" is described. Test results of six different experiments involving two wind systems are included;The results obtained demonstrate that with the described microprocessor-based controller, a substantial improvement over normal performance of wind-driven alternators can be achieved.
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Mehrdad R. Mehrdad
Mehrdad, Mehrdad R., "Wind-system performance optimization using microprocessor control " (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 7871.