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System and method for upwind speed based control of a wind turbine

United States Patent Application

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A method for controlling power output of a wind turbine generator in response to an anticipated change in wind speed is provided. The method includes sensing wind speed at a desired distance from the wind turbine generator in a direction of the wind. The method further includes controlling pitch of a blade of the wind turbine generator based upon sensed transient wind speed in advance of a change in wind speed at the wind turbine generator.
Avagliano, Aaron (Clifton Park, NY), Francis Lyons, James Patrick (Niskayuna, NY), Barbu, Corneliu (Guilderland, NY), Suryanarayanan, Shashikanth (Mumbai, IN)
11/ 239,792
September 30, 2005
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC36-83CH10093 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.