Brushless DFIG is inherently an unstable machine in open-loop operation and requires a robust controller to manage the speed and power of the generator. This is critical for extracting maximum power from the wind.
“We wanted to find a solution which allowed the design team to rapidly prototype and modify control loops in real-time based on models developed in Simulink”, says Dr. Abdi, CEO of Wind Technologies.
To develop a control strategy efficiently, within the shortest possible time frame, it is important to have the ability to easily test and modify coding algorithms. Before the Speedgoat solution, the Wind Technologies team had to hard code every change in the microcontroller. This resulted in significant time delays and reduced quality.