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Improved control could optimize wind power

Researchers consider long-range generalized predictive control theory as an alternative to direct power control for wind power

By Amanda Del Buono
Nov 11, 2019

Although wind power has potential, it can be expensive to operate and maintain, and often can only process about 30% of the generated power, according to Juan Sebastián Solís-Chaves, professor with the Department of Energy Engineering at the Federal University of ABC-UFABC in Brazil. In an effort to optimize this process, researchers in Brazil analyzed the commonly used double-fed induction generator-based configuration and considered non-linear control theory as an alternative.

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