Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/F061714/1
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 90%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr DJ Atkinson
No email address given
Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 22 September 2008
End Date 21 September 2011
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £135,326
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr DJ Atkinson , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
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Objectives Linked to grant EP/F06148X/1
Abstract Currently the accepted technology for large wind turbines is the doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG). This technology is popular primarily due to the reduced cost of the partially rated power electronic converter. On the negative side is the fact that the generator requires brushes and slip rings which require regular maintainance.An alternative scheme is based on the brushless doubly-fed reluctance machine (BDFRM) which also has the cost benefit of a partially rated power converter but asits name implies does not require brushes and slip rings.The BDFRM has not been used for a wind power application. This project will experimentally examine its performance for a wind power application. There are a number of different approaches to the control of a BDFRM. The project will examine theuse of Direct Power Control (DPC). This control approach will include sensorless operation and machine parameter independence.With the proliferation of wind power generation the issue of power system stabilty is of great concern. It is important to examine the fault-ride-through (FRT) capabilty of any generation system. This project will examine the FRT capability of the BDFRM and compare thisto that of the DFIG. This will require that special grid fault emulation equipment is included in the laboratory test rig
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