Posts Tagged ‘Power Systems’

Power Electronic Concepts in Wind Turbines.

July 10, 2010

In recently years, we have lived big discoveries on the Power Electronic field that unveil new opportunities to improve the performance in the electric circuits and therefore, in Wind Power industry. Power Electronic can be defined as the brand of the electrical engineering which studies the control and conversion of electric power. Therefore, the power conversion systems can be classified according to the type of the imput and output power:

Here we are the basic components in the Wind Power industry.

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Types of Commercial Wind Turbines.

July 8, 2010


We already saw the different wind turbines we can find nowadays, from the HAWT to VAWT. However, the most commercial at this moment are the High Tip Speed Ratio HAWT. In this post, we are going to describe the different models of wind turbines and what kind of technology they use to convert the mechanical energy to electric energy.

If we pay attention at the above table, we can see there are two wind turbines models according to their Speed Control and Power Control. Thereby, we can find four models: Type A, Type B, Type C, and Type D (see the below diagram). There are three variants for the Type A (A1,A2 and A3). Although it would be possible to manufacture the same variations for the B, C and D Types, it would be not worthy (from the commercial point of view) because these models lack the capability for a fast reduction of power (see the grey-colored boxes in the first diagram). Let´s start describing the possibilities to control the power the aerodynamic forces on the turbine rotor.

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Active and Reactive Power.

July 6, 2010

At this moment, the book I most admire on the Wind Power field, it is this one written by Ackermann. He can transmit dept concepts of power systems by using a clear vocabulary and illustrative examples. In this book, for example, there is an appendix in the chapter three, that explains in a very easy way how the Power System works by using a long bike as an equivalent.

Imagine a long bike with much cyclists running on a flat and straight road. We are the manager of this team and we want to keep the bike at a constant speed (the same frequency) and in an upright position (the nominal voltage equals to 1). How can we achieve this?

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