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

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Division of Engineering, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3, Canada
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Department of Electrical Engineering, Royal Military College, Kingston, ON, K7K 7B4, Canada
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Techno-Centre Éolien, Gaspé, QC, G4X 1G2, Canada
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This paper is an extended version of paper published in The Annual IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC 2012), London, ON, Canada, 10–12 October 2012.
Appl. Sci. 2012, 2(4), 801-815; https://doi.org/10.3390/app2040801
Received: 28 September 2012 / Revised: 15 November 2012 / Accepted: 15 November 2012 / Published: 28 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Energy)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: automatic switching; load banks; pitch angle control; power management; wind turbine automatic switching; load banks; pitch angle control; power management; wind turbine
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Merabet, A.; Keeble, R.; Rajasekaran, V.; Beguenane, R.; Ibrahim, H.; Thongam, J.S. Power Management System for Load Banks Supplied by Pitch Controlled Wind Turbine System. Appl. Sci. 2012, 2, 801-815.

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