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Optimization of wind turbine energy and power factor with an evolutionary computation algorithm

Andrew Kusiak and Haiyang Zheng

Energy, 2010, vol. 35, issue 3, 1324-1332

Abstract: An evolutionary computation approach for optimization of power factor and power output of wind turbines is discussed. Data-mining algorithms capture the relationships among the power output, power factor, and controllable and non-controllable variables of a 1.5MW wind turbine. An evolutionary strategy algorithm solves the data-derived optimization model and determines optimal control settings. Computational experience has demonstrated opportunities to improve the power factor and the power output by optimizing set points of blade pitch angle and generator torque. It is shown that the pitch angle and the generator torque can be controlled to maximize the energy capture from the wind and enhance the quality of the power produced by the wind turbine with a DFIG generator. These improvements are in the presence of reactive power remedies used in modern wind turbines. The concepts proposed in this paper are illustrated with the data collected at an industrial wind farm.

Keywords: Wind turbine; Power factor; Power output; Power quality; Data mining; Neural network; Dynamic modeling; Multi-objective optimization; Evolutionary computation algorithm (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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