8. Wind Turbine Control

  1. J. F. Manwell1,
  2. J. G. McGowan1 and
  3. A. L. Rogers2

Published Online: 28 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781119994367.ch8

Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition

Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition

How to Cite

Manwell, J. F., McGowan, J. G. and Rogers, A. L. (2009) Wind Turbine Control, in Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119994367.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    DNV – Global Energy Concepts, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470015001

Online ISBN: 9781119994367



  • wind turbine control;
  • control systems, adjusting blade pitch settings - and generator torque, controlling power in high winds;
  • control system operation, two levels - supervisory and dynamic control;
  • wind farm controller, a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system - initiating and shutting down turbine operation and coordinating operation;
  • Siemens SWT - wind turbine, a utility-scale;
  • aerodynamic torque, affecting all turbine operations - power, delivered to load;
  • controllable processes in wind turbines;
  • operation of supervisory control systems for wind turbines - managing operating states of turbines;
  • continuous fault diagnosis, capabilities of supervisory controller - in monitoring component failures;
  • models based on physical principles - to understand, analyze and characterize system dynamics for control system design


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Overview of Wind Turbine Control Systems

  • Typical Grid-connected Turbine Operation

  • Supervisory Control Overview and Implementation

  • Dynamic Control Theory and Implementation

  • References