Wind Turbine Control Systems

Principles, Modelling and Gain Scheduling Design

  • Fernando D. Bianchi
  • Ricardo J. Mantz
  • Hernán De Battista

Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)

About this book


Modern wind turbines generally operate at variable speed in order to maximise the conversion efficiency below rated power and to reduce loading on the drive-train. In addition, pitch control of the blades is usually employed to limit the energy captured during operation above rated wind speed. The higher complexity of variable-speed variable-pitch turbines is offset by the benefits of control flexibility, namely, higher conversion efficiency, better power quality, longer useful life; because of the immediate impact of control on the cost of wind energy, reliable high-performance controllers are essential in making wind technology competitive.

In Wind Turbine Control Systems the application of linearparameter varying (LPV) gain scheduling techniques to the control of wind energy conversion systems is emphasised. This recent reformulation of the classical gain scheduling problem allows a straightforward design procedure and simple controller implementation. The monograph provides a thorough coverage of wind turbine control, including:

• an overview of the principles of wind energy conversion;

• the control-oriented modelling of wind turbines;

• an in-depth analysis of the most common control strategies;

• the design of LPV gain-scheduled controllers for both fixed- and variable-pitch, variable-speed wind turbines.

Wind Turbine Control Systems is primarily intended for researchers and students with a control background wishing to expand their knowledge of wind energy systems. The book will be useful to scientists in the field of control theory looking to apply their innovative control ideas to this appealing control problem and will also interest practising engineers dealing with wind technology who will benefit from the comprehensive coverage of the theoretic control topics, the simplicity of the models and the use of commonly available control algorithms.



Advances in Industrial Control aims to report and encourage the transfer of technology in control engineering. The rapid development of control technology has an impact on all areas of the control discipline. The series offers an opportunity for researchers to present an extended exposition of new work in all aspects of industrial control.


Control Control Applications Control Engineering LPV Systems Linear Parameter-varying Systems Robust Control Turbine Wind Wind Energy Wind Power Wind Turbines complexity model quality technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Fernando D. Bianchi
    • 1
  • Ricardo J. Mantz
    • 1
  • Hernán De Battista
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringNational University of La PlataLa PlataArgentina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-492-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-493-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9491
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-1577
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