Samara Polytech scientist designs wind-powered generator

The unique device has no analogues in the world

Post-graduate student of Samara Polytech is designing an induction for the renewable energy installations. The unique device allows increasing the efficiency and quality of the wind turbine.

Professor of the Department of Theoretical and Basic Electrical Engineering of Samara Polytech Pavel Grachev has designed the construction of electrical starter-generator for the power unit of a hybrid car. His post-graduate student Aleksey Tabachinskiy has improved the construction and adjusted it to the wind turbines. The recent research results are published in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (DOI: 10.1109/TIA.2020.2964231).

The new construction of winding consists of irregular cross-section conductor, which varies sequentially. Innovative design reduces mass and dimensions of the generator, as well as reduces the losses of electromechanical conversion.

«It’s the unique feature of our generator because the serial generators either meet the requirements of energy efficiency by increasing the size and weight, either reduce the size by efficiency loss», Aleksey Tabachinskiy says.

Besides the generator winding, know-how of our researches includes the implementation of control algorithms and electronic units for robust operation in a wide range of wind-wheel speed.

«In stand-alone application, all kinds of generator, such as in wind turbines, micro hydro power stations or on-board vehicle generator, extra problem occur for the required operation mode. The installation should just generating power, but doing that high-efficiently and consistently», Tabachinskiy explains. «The control strategy has been developed by my research supervisor in his doctoral thesis. And I have considered the functional possibilities of its implementation in electric generators with our compact windings». This design has already been patented as a key part of electric machine with integrated electronic units and liquid cooling.

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