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Modern control methodologies for improving wind turbine performance

Project Leader: Robert Schmid
Staff: Ying Tan, Denny Oetomo
Student: Mostafa Karimpour
Collaborators: Amin Mahdizadeh (Goldwind Australia)
Primary Contact: Robert Schmid (rschmid@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: control and signal processing; renewable energy; Wind Energy
Disciplines: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Effective wind turbine control involves considerably more than harvesting the maximum possible power from the available wind. Other important objectives include reducing load fatigues on the tower, blades and generator, and reducing control actuation. Problems of developing interest include the participation of turbines in the provision of frequency control services, which require the power output to be continually adjusted to meet a power demand curve specified by the market operator.

From a control systems perspective, these problems fall within the control frameworks of output regulation and disturbance rejection. This project will investigate the application of modern state space control methodologies to achieve a range of performance improvements for wind turbines.

Essential: ME in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours and a demonstrated interest in applications of control systems.

Highly desirable: At least two of the following:

  • Strong Skills in MATLAB/Simulink.
  • High level of mathematical literacy.
  • Knowledge of power systems