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Asked 10th Sep, 2015

How can I calculate the output power of wind turbine ?

Hi all, I am trying to calculate the output power of wind turbine and the power should be zero below cut in and above cut out and equal to rated from rated speed till cut out
my question is what about the part from cut in till rated speed , i used the general equation to calculate it which is
p=0.5*swept area* air density*capacity factor *v3
the problem is some values above rated power is there any thing wrong i need help

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29th Jun, 2021
Sajid Ahammed
University of Vaasa
Power output is calculated as follows: power = [(air density) times (swept area of blades) times (wind speed cubed)] divided by 2. The area is in meters squared, air density is in kilograms per meters cubed and wind speed is in meters per second.
Power = 0.5 x Swept Area x Air Density x Velocity3
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10th Sep, 2015
J Richard Snape
De Montfort University
Is the power as calculated by the above equation at rated speed very different to the rated power, or just a little?
The equation looks right to me - of course air density and capacity factor are estimates (often good estimates, but not perfect).  The power you calculate by that formula may not match an experimentally measured power at rated speed, but I'd expect the numbers to be "close".
10th Sep, 2015
Abdulla Rahil
University of South Wales
in my case i put some condition which are
if wind speed<cut in then power=0 and if wind speed >cut out then power=0
and from cut in to rated speed , power extracted using the equation above
and from rated to the cut out the power = rated power
but the power still large compare with rated power for the period from cut in to rated speed
10th Sep, 2015
J Richard Snape
De Montfort University
Yeah, I understand that, so you have:
        { 0                                   : vw < cut-in
P =  { 0.5 * A * ρ * cf * vw3     : cut-in < vw < cut-out
        { 0                                   : vw > cut-out
Right?
Presumably, rated-speed is between cut-in and cut-out.  If you calculate P for rated-speed, it should come out ~= rated power.  That's check 1 that I was suggesting above.  If that comes out significantly different, you probably have one of the variables (density, area or cap factor) wrong.  Let's assume it comes out similar...
Now, the function you have for P is monotonically increasing with vw. Not only that, it increases fast (with vw3).  So, if rated speed < cut-out speed then you're always going to get a range of vw (between rated speed and cut-out) for which Pcalculated > Prated.
I have seen people deal with this in my work (caveat: aggregate output simulations only - not research into wind technology in itself) by limiting the power to rated power between rated speed and cut-out.  I guess that is one option - so you get
        { 0                                   : vw < cut-in
P =  { 0.5 * A * ρ * cf * vw3  : cut-in < vw < vrated
        { Prated                          : vrated < vw < cut-out
        { 0                                   : vw > cut-out
If you need something less crude than that, you will have to go from actual power curves from experiments, I guess.  Depends what you want to use the power curve for.
10th Sep, 2015
Syed Ahmed Raza
TAE Technologies
Abdulla Rahil, you are right in using conditional statements. Just make sure that you Cp and tip speed ratio formulae are generating correctly. Please make sure that you cannot immediately have power of 0 W above the cut out speed. There is still some region in which pitch control is dominant. During this time the WECS will be generating rated power. When the rpm is close to the structural limit and pitch control cannot maintain / regulate rated power, only then the generator is stalled with zero output power.
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11th Sep, 2015
Jose Ignacio Rojas Gregorio
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC BarcelonaTECH)
Dear all, just let me add a picture to illustrate the ideal shape of the power vs wind speed curve of a wind turbine. The sketch is taken from Hugh Piggott's Windpower workshop. To obtain accurately the actual shape.of the curve between the cut-in speed and the rated speed, you should have the curve characterized by means of experimental testing of your turbine or by means of simulations with, for example, FAST & AeroDyn coupled simulation tools for Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines, etc.
Regards,
Jose
11th Sep, 2015
Abdulla Rahil
University of South Wales
many thanks for all
29th Jun, 2021
Sajid Ahammed
University of Vaasa
Power output is calculated as follows: power = [(air density) times (swept area of blades) times (wind speed cubed)] divided by 2. The area is in meters squared, air density is in kilograms per meters cubed and wind speed is in meters per second.
Power = 0.5 x Swept Area x Air Density x Velocity3
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