Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

David Wenzhong Gao, Ph.D.


Microgrid, Wind speed, Grid-connected, Energy management system


Wind power, as the main renewable energy source, is increasingly deployed and connected into electrical networks thanks to the development of wind energy conversion technologies. This dissertation is focusing on research related to wind power system include grid-connected/islanded wind power systems operation and control design, wind power quality, wind power prediction technologies, and its applications in microgrids. The doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) wind turbine is popular in the wind industry and thus has been researched in this Dissertation. In order to investigate reasons of harmonic generation in wind power systems, a DFIG wind turbine is modeled by using general vector representation of voltage, current and magnetic flux in the presence of harmonics. In this Dissertation, a method of short term wind power prediction for a wind power plant is developed by training neural networks in Matlab software based on historical data of wind speed and wind direction. The model proposed is shown to achieve a high accuracy with respect to the measured data. Based on the above research work, a microgrid with high wind energy penetration has been designed and simulated by using Matlab/Simulink. Besides wind energy, this microgrid system is operated with assistance of a diesel generator. A three-layer energy management system (EMS) is designed and applied in this microgrid system, which is to realize microgrid islanded operation under different wind conditions. Simulation results show that the EMS can ensure stable operation of the microgrid under varying wind speed situations.

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Rights Holder

Ziqiao Liu


Received from ProQuest

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137 p.


Electrical Engineering