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Power converters for wind turbines: Current and future development

Chapter


Abstract


  • The wind turbine generator system requires a power conditioning circuit called power converter that is capable of

    adjusting the generator frequency and voltage to the grid. Several types of converter topologies have been developed in the

    last decades; each of them has some advantages and disadvantages. Mainly two converter topologies are currently used in

    the commercial wind turbine generator systems. Most of the proposed converters require line filters and transformers to

    improve the power quality and step-up the voltage level, respectively. These heavy and bulky components significantly

    increase the tower construction, and turbine installation and maintenance costs. Recent advances in power semiconductors

    and magnetic materials have led to the development of new structure of converters, which would be a possible solution to

    reducing the size, weight, and cost of power converters. In this chapter, a comprehensive study of power converter

    technologies, current research and development is conducted.

UOW Authors


  •   Islam, Md Rabiul
  •   Guo, Youguang (external author)
  •   Zhu, Jianguo G. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • M. Islam, Y. Guo & J. Zhu, "Power converters for wind turbines: Current and future development," in Materials and Processes for Energy: Communicating Current Research and Technological Developments, A. Méndez-Vilas, Ed. Badajoz, Spain: Formatex Research Center, 2013, pp.559-571. http://www.formatex.info/energymaterialsbook/chapters.html

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9788493984373

Book Title


  • Materials and Processes for Energy: Communicating Current Research and Technological Developments

Start Page


  • 559

End Page


  • 571

Place Of Publication


  • Badajoz, Spain

Abstract


  • The wind turbine generator system requires a power conditioning circuit called power converter that is capable of

    adjusting the generator frequency and voltage to the grid. Several types of converter topologies have been developed in the

    last decades; each of them has some advantages and disadvantages. Mainly two converter topologies are currently used in

    the commercial wind turbine generator systems. Most of the proposed converters require line filters and transformers to

    improve the power quality and step-up the voltage level, respectively. These heavy and bulky components significantly

    increase the tower construction, and turbine installation and maintenance costs. Recent advances in power semiconductors

    and magnetic materials have led to the development of new structure of converters, which would be a possible solution to

    reducing the size, weight, and cost of power converters. In this chapter, a comprehensive study of power converter

    technologies, current research and development is conducted.

UOW Authors


  •   Islam, Md Rabiul
  •   Guo, Youguang (external author)
  •   Zhu, Jianguo G. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • M. Islam, Y. Guo & J. Zhu, "Power converters for wind turbines: Current and future development," in Materials and Processes for Energy: Communicating Current Research and Technological Developments, A. Méndez-Vilas, Ed. Badajoz, Spain: Formatex Research Center, 2013, pp.559-571. http://www.formatex.info/energymaterialsbook/chapters.html

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9788493984373

Book Title


  • Materials and Processes for Energy: Communicating Current Research and Technological Developments

Start Page


  • 559

End Page


  • 571

Place Of Publication


  • Badajoz, Spain