Wind turbine control: Advances for load mitigations and hydraulic drivetrains

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In the last decades, tremendous efforts have been put in advancements of wind turbine technology by scientific research and industrial developments. One of the focal areas has been the upscaling of turbines to increase power capacity. However, by enlarging turbine sizes, the square-cube law dictates rising costs per unit of power capacity. To break this trend of increased expenses, more advanced control techniques are key in facilitating load reductions and system level advances. The synthesis of novel controller designs, and advancements of existing strategies, are in this thesis effectuated by leveraging well-established control theory. This method resulted in analysis tools, that gave rise to practical applicable implementations, of which some are evaluated on real-world setups. The employed approach has thereby shown to stimulate further advancements of wind turbine technology...
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • van Wingerden, J.W., Supervisor
  • Verhaegen, M.H.G., Supervisor
Award date11 Sep 2020
Print ISBNs978-94-6402-183-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Due to the Corona epidemic, this promotion has been moved from March 31, 2020 to September 11, 2020. The PDF still contains the original promotion date.


  • wind turbine control
  • open-source controller
  • individual pitch control
  • model predictive control
  • hydraulic drivetrain

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