A new sensorless speed control scheme for doubly-fed reluctance generators

Sul Ademi, Milutin G. Jovanović, Hamza Chaal, Wenping Cao

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This paper presents the development and experimental validation of a novel angular velocity observer-based field-oriented control algorithm for a promising low-cost brushless doubly fed reluctance generator (BDFRG) in wind power applications. The BDFRG has been receiving increasing attention because of the use of partially rated power electronics, the high reliability of brushless design, and competitive performance to its popular slip-ring counterpart, the doubly fed induction generator. The controller viability has been demonstrated on a BDFRG laboratory test facility for emulation of variable speed and loading conditions of wind turbines or pump drives.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberTEC-00475-2015
Pages (from-to)993-1001
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
Issue number3
Early online date17 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016

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  • angular velocity control
  • brushless machines
  • reactive power control
  • sensorless control
  • wind energy generation


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