Emerging trend in Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines to Exploit Low Wind Resource | Original Article
Renewable energy is finding increasing adoption in generation of electrical energy. One of the most widely used forms of renewable energy is wind; but utility scale WECS need a minimum average wind speed which is not available in most of the areas in India. Hence, traditional WECS is unlikely to be economically viable due to inadequate power generation. Avante Garde has developed a small efficient horizontal wind turbine system with very low cut-in speed of 1.9 m/s and made it commercially available at a reasonable price. This paper discusses the horizontal axis WECS with permanent magnet synchronous generator and electronic convertor system for extracting the maximum power at a constant voltage and constant frequency. The WECS is simulated for a standalone application and its performance evaluated for Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.