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Controls Analysis

Photo of a man working inside the hub of a large 3-blades turbine.

Working in the hub of Controls Advanced Research Turbine (CART) at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC)

Man in wind turbine hub viewed from inside a wind turbine's blade.

At the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), we design, implement, and test advanced wind turbine controls to maximize energy extraction and reduce structural dynamic loads. These control designs are based on linear models of the turbine that are simulated using specialized modeling software. The resulting advanced controls algorithms are field tested on the NWTC's Controls Advanced Research Turbines (CARTs).

NWTC researchers are also studying blade pitch and generator torque, and employing advanced sensors to optimize power capture and reduce wind turbine loads.

Learn more from the factsheet NREL Develops New Controls that Proactively Adapt to the Wind.