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Maximizing Wind Farm Energy Capture via Nested-Loop Extremum Seeking Control

[+] Author Affiliations
Zhongzhou Yang, Yaoyu Li

University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

John E. Seem

Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. DSCC2013-3971, pp. V003T49A005; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 3: Nonlinear Estimation and Control; Optimization and Optimal Control; Piezoelectric Actuation and Nanoscale Control; Robotics and Manipulators; Sensing; System Identification (Estimation for Automotive Applications, Modeling, Therapeutic Control in Bio-Systems); Variable Structure/Sliding-Mode Control; Vehicles and Human Robotics; Vehicle Dynamics and Control; Vehicle Path Planning and Collision Avoidance; Vibrational and Mechanical Systems; Wind Energy Systems and Control
  • Palo Alto, California, USA, October 21–23, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5614-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper proposes a novel control approach for optimizing wind farm energy capture with a nested-loop scheme of extremum seeking control (ESC). Similar to Bellman’s Principle of Optimality, it has been shown in earlier work that the axial induction factors of individual wind turbines can be optimized from downstream to upstream units in a sequential manner, i.e. the turbine operation can be optimized based on the power of the immediate turbine and its downstream units. In this study, this scheme is illustrated for wind turbine array with variable-speed turbines for which torque gain is controlled to vary axial induction factors. The proposed nested-loop ESC is demonstrated with a 3-turbine wind farm using the SimWindFarm simulation platform. Simulation under smooth and turbulent winds show the effectiveness of the proposed scheme. Analysis shows that the optimal torque gain of each turbine in a cascade of turbines is invariant with wind speed if the wind direction does not change, which is supported by simulation results for smooth wind inputs. As changes of upstream turbine operation affects the downstream turbines with significant delays due to wind propagation, a cross-covariance based delay estimate is proposed as adaptive phase compensation between the dither and demodulation signals.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Wind farms



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