Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Date

6-2010

Advisor

Dale Dolan

Abstract/Summary

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.

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