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Electrodynamic braking of wind turbines

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3 Author(s)
L. M. Craig ; Centre for Electr. Energy, Univ. of Manchester Inst. of Sci. & Technol., UK ; Z. Saad-Saoud ; N. Jenkins

Electrodynamic braking offers several advantages over conventional wind-turbine brakes, such as controllable braking torque and high reliability, while requiring minimal maintenance. The technique has not been widely implemented in modern wind turbines, owing to a lack of appropriate design tools and limited operating experience. A transient induction machine model has been developed and validated at laboratory scale and then used to design an electrodynamic brake for a 45 kW wind turbine. Field trials were conducted successfully at a UK wind-test site. The potential for exploiting the technique at large scale, both 600 kW and 1 MW, has been investigated

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IEE Proceedings - Electric Power Applications  (Volume:145 ,  Issue: 2 )