A variable voltage and frequency scheme to optimize the efficiency of a wind-driven induction generator

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The most recent approaches to harness energy from the wind utilizing induction generators has been made possible by advances in induction motor control using power electronic drives. The freedom in adjusting terminal voltage or current, and frequency al lows operation of the induction machine to fit any desired characteristic. The purpose of this paper is to propose a scheme using this technology to convert wind energy to electricity at maximum wind turbine power and induction generator efficiency. The Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) is used to simulate the control of the induction generator. Simulation results show that this system operates as predicted in a stable fashion at the desired operating point. © 1996 Taylor & Francis.

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Electric Machines and Power Systems