Wind Energy Systems: Control Engineering Design

1st Edition

Mario Garcia-Sanz, Constantine H. Houpis

CRC Press
Published February 2, 2012
Textbook - 631 Pages - 375 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439821794 - CAT# K11158

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  • Describes the design and field experimentation of real-world multi-megawatt wind turbines and their control systems
  • Includes real-world industrial wind energy projects and field tests where the authors have played a central role
  • Present the main concepts of the QFT robust control engineering technique in such a manner that students and practicing engineers can readily grasp the fundamentals and appreciate its transparency in bridging the gap between theory and the real world
  • Includes the most advanced interactive object-oriented CAD tool for QFT controller design with MATLAB
  • Includes a very complete reference section arranged by subject, which allows the student a quick start in each area of interest
  • Addresses state-of-the-art of QFT methods to design control systems for multi-input multi-output applications
  • Introduces new and easy-to-use techniques to design controllers for distributed parameter systems
  • Presents a hybrid methodology to design non-linear robust control systems able to go beyond the classical linear limitations


Presenting the latest developments in the field, Wind Energy Systems: Control Engineering Design offers a novel take on advanced control engineering design techniques for wind turbine applications. The book introduces concurrent quantitative engineering techniques for the design of highly efficient and reliable controllers, which can be used to solve the most critical problems of multi-megawatt wind energy systems.

This book is based on the authors’ experience during the last two decades designing commercial multi-megawatt wind turbines and control systems for industry leaders, including NASA and the European Space Agency. This work is their response to the urgent need for a truly reliable concurrent engineering methodology for the design of advanced control systems. Outlining a roadmap for such a coordinated architecture, the authors consider the links between all aspects of a multi-megawatt wind energy project, in which the wind turbine and the control system must be cooperatively designed to achieve an optimized, reliable, and successful system.

Look inside for information about the QFT Control Toolbox for Matlab, the software developed by the author to facilitate the QFT robust control design (see also the link at

The textbook’s big-picture insights can help students and practicing engineers control and optimize a wind energy system, in which large, flexible, aerodynamic structures are connected to a demanding variable electrical grid and work automatically under very turbulent and unpredictable environmental conditions. The book covers topics including robust QFT control, aerodynamics, mechanical and electrical dynamic modeling, economics, reliability, and efficiency. It also addresses standards, certification, implementation, grid integration, and power quality, as well as environmental and maintenance issues.

To reinforce understanding, the authors present real examples of experimentation with commercial multi-megawatt direct-drive wind turbines, as well as on-shore, offshore, floating, and airborne wind turbine applications. They also offer a unique in-depth exploration of the quantitative feedback theory (QFT)—a proven, successful robust control technique for real-world applications—as well as advanced switching control techniques that help engineers exceed classical linear limitations.


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