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Power Management System for Load Banks Supplied by Pitch Controlled Wind Turbine System

Author(s): Adel Merabet | Raquel Keeble | Vigneshwaran Rajasekaran | Rachid Beguenane | Hussein Ibrahim | Jogendra S. Thongam

Journal: Applied Sciences
ISSN 2076-3417

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 801;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: automatic switching | load banks | pitch angle control | power management | wind turbine

An automatic power management system, to monitor the distribution of power to a set of load banks, is presented in this paper. The required power is generated from a laboratory-size pitch-controlled wind turbine experimental workstation. The management system is a sequence of logic expressions, based on the generated power, a profile of the banks’ states provided by the supervisor and the banks’ priorities, to obtain an optimal behavior of the system and to ensure the load requirement. A modified PI pitch angle control is proposed to regulate the generated power for tracking the power reference in order to maintain a consistent brilliance of the load’s LEDs, to reduce the activity of the pitch actuator and to deal with fluctuation problems. Experimental results are provided to show the effectiveness of the proposed automatic power management system for load banks supplied by a pitch controlled wind turbine.
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