A multiple-input cascaded DC-DC converter for very small wind turbines
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
School of Engineering
Concerns over environmental impact and high infrastructure cost heavily influence the uptake of wind turbine technology. Recently researchers have started to look into wind turbines, which are much smaller in size and capacity. Small wind turbines have less environmental impact and low infrastructure cost. These small turbines have limited power generation capacity, requiring multiple turbines to be connected together to produce useful power. In order to capture power from multiple wind turbines, researchers have proposed numerous topologies in the literature. However, these traditional topologies were designed for high-power wind turbines and cannot be used to connect very small wind turbines since a significant amount of the generated power would be lost in driving the complex electronic circuits used in traditional topologies. In this paper, we present a multiple input non-isolated DC-DC converter design that collects the output power from series-connected very small wind turbines. The proposed system was implemented in our smart energy laboratory and experimental results were gathered, showing a significant improvement over existing converters.