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A Review of Research on Large Scale Modern Vertical Axis Wind Turbines at Uppsala University
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
2016 (English)In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 9, no 7, 570Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a review of over a decade of research on Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) conducted at Uppsala University. The paper presents, among others, an overview of the 200 kW VAWT located in Falkenberg, Sweden, as well as a description of the work done on the 12 kW prototype VAWT in Marsta, Sweden. Several key aspects have been tested and successfully demonstrated at our two experimental research sites. The effort of the VAWT research has been aimed at developing a robust large scale VAWT technology based on an electrical control system with a direct driven energy converter. This approach allows for a simplification where most or all of the control of the turbines can be managed by the electrical converter system, reducing investment cost and need for maintenance. The concept features an H-rotor that is omnidirectional in regards to wind direction, meaning that it can extract energy from all wind directions without the need for a yaw system. The turbine is connected to a direct driven permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG), located at ground level, that is specifically developed to control and extract power from the turbine. The research is ongoing and aims for a multi-megawatt VAWT in the near future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 9, no 7, 570
Keyword [en]
wind power, vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT), permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG)
National Category
Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304654DOI: 10.3390/en9070570ISI: 000381497300092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304654DiVA: diva2:1033380
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Swedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Grid Connection of Permanent Magnet Generator Based Renewable Energy Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Grid Connection of Permanent Magnet Generator Based Renewable Energy Systems
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Renewable energy is harnessed from continuously replenishing natural processes. Some commonly known are sunlight, water, wind, tides, geothermal heat and various forms of biomass. The focus on renewable energy has over the past few decades intensified greatly. This thesis contributes to the research on developing renewable energy technologies, within the wind power, wave power and marine current power projects at the division of Electricity, Uppsala University. In this thesis grid connection of permanent magnet generator based renewable energy sources is evaluated.

A tap transformer based grid connection system has been constructed and experimentally evaluated for a vertical axis wind turbine. Full range variable speed operation of the turbine is enabled by using the different step-up ratios of a tap transformer. This removes the need for a DC/DC step or an active rectifier on the generator side of the full frequency converter and thereby reduces system complexity. Experiments and simulations of the system for variable speed operation are done and efficiency and harmonic content are evaluated. 

The work presented in the thesis has also contributed to the design, construction and evaluation of a full-scale offshore marine substation for wave power intended to grid connect a farm of wave energy converters. The function of the marine substation has been experimentally tested and the substation is ready for deployment. Results from the system verification are presented. Special focus is on the transformer losses and transformer in-rush currents.

A control and grid connection system for a vertical axis marine current energy converter has been designed and constructed. The grid connection is done with a back-to-back 2L-3L system with a three level cascaded H-bridge converter grid side. The system has been tested in the laboratory and is ready to be installed at the experimental site. Results from the laboratory testing of the system are presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 79 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1436
Keyword
VAWT, H-rotor, Tap Transformer, Cascaded H-bridge Multi-Level, Renewable Energy, Wind power, Wave power, Marine Current Power
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304659 (URN)978-91-554-9712-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-11-25, Polhemsalen, 10134, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
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Wind PowerWave PowerMarine Currnet Power
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2016-11-16Bibliographically approved

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