Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Dale Dolan


This project addresses the speed control for a small fixed pitch variable speed non-grid connected permanent magnet wind turbine by regulating the electrical load with a DC chopper. A Programmable Logic Controller operates in one mode to track the optimum tip speed ratio, and the second mode limits the turbine to a safe operating speed. This project focuses on the design and implementation of a PLC speed controller.