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Measuring the Power Curve of a Small-Scale Wind Turbine: A Practical Example
Published: 14 March 2014 by MDPI in 1st International e-Conference on Energies session Present Trends in Energy Conversion from Renewable Sources
Abstract: We show that the measurement of the power curve of a small-scale wind turbine system following the IEC 61400-12-1 standard might lack consistency. This is due to characteristics specific to small-scale wind turbines and data processing. We give recommendations to ensure consistency, accuracy and reproducibility of the measurements. Besides, in the hope of making the standard more accessible, we clarify the importance of various test parameters such as anemometer position, battery voltage, and controller settings. Our Matlab code used for data processing is included.
Keywords: Small-scale wind turbine, Wind energy conversion system, Power curve, Testing