Table of Contents
Journal of Wind Energy
Volume 2015, Article ID 148680, 10 pages
Research Article

MPPT of Magnus Wind System with DC Servo Drive for the Cylinders and Boost Converter

1Department of Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), 97105-900 Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
2Department of Automation and Control Engineering, Federal Institute of Santa Catarina (IFSC), 89813-000 Chapecó, SC, Brazil

Received 5 March 2015; Revised 30 June 2015; Accepted 7 July 2015

Academic Editor: Adrian Ilinca

Copyright © 2015 Maro Jinbo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents an algorithm MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) for a Magnus wind system with a DC servo drive system (DC drive and BLDC motor) to rotate the turbine cylinders. The optimal cylinders rotation is the one to deliver the maximum power extracted from the wind tracked by fixed and adaptive step HCC (Hill Climbing Control) acting on the servo drive. The proposed wind system consists of a PMSG (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator), a three-phase diode rectifier, a DC/DC (boost) converter, and a resistive load. Furthermore, the boost converter acts with the fixed step HCC algorithm to track the maximum power operating point. Therefore, the MPPT for a Magnus wind system requires both tracking for the optimal cylinder speed and the optimal generator speed.