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This paper gives a review on the power electronic applications for wind energy conversion systems. Different types of wind energy conversion system (WECS) with different generators and power electronic converters are described, and different technical features are compared. The electrical topologies of WECS with different wind turbines are summarized and the possible uses of power electronic converters with wind farms are given. In conclusion, the possible methods of using the power electronic technology for improving wind turbine performance in power systems to meet the main grid connection requirements are discussed.