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An isolated small wind turbine emulator based on a separately excited DC motor is developed to emulate and evaluate the performance of a small wind turbine using different control strategies. The test rig consists of a 3HP separately excited DC motor coupled to a synchronous generator. A dump load is connected to the generator through a buck-boost converter controlled by a microcontroller. Wind turbine rotor and furling dynamics are incorporated in the emulator with the use of a PC based wind turbine model. Emulation of the wind turbine is confirmed by running the DC motor to track the theoretical rotational speed of the wind turbine rotor. A dynamic maximum power controller is implemented and tested. The controller uses the wind speed and rotor speed information to control the duty cycle of the buck-boost converter in order to operate the wind turbine at the optimum tip-speed ratio. Test results indicate that the proposed system accurately emulates the behavior of a small wind turbine system.