Estimation of Rotor Effective Wind Speed: A Comparison

Mohsen Soltani, Torben Knudsen, Mikael Svenstrup, Rafal Wisniewski, Per Brath, Romeo Ortega, Kathryn Johnson

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Modern wind turbine controllers use wind speed information to improve power production and reduce loads on the turbine components. The turbine top wind speed measurement is unfortunately imprecise and not a good representative of the rotor effective wind speed. Consequently, many different model-based algorithms have been proposed that are able to estimate the wind speed using common turbine measurements. In this paper, we present a concise yet comprehensive analysis and comparison of these techniques, reviewing their advantages and drawbacks. We implement these techniques and compare the results on both aero-servo-elastic turbine simulations and real turbine field experiments in different wind scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1155-1167
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Estimation
  • Wind Turbine
  • comparison
  • effective wind
  • Kalman filter


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