Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Effects of Wind Turbine Starting Capability on Energy Yield

Worasinchai, Supakit; Ingram, Grant; Dominy, Robert


Supakit Worasinchai

Robert Dominy


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of turbine starting capability on overall energy-production capacity. The investigation was performed through the development and validation of matlab /Simulink models of turbines. A novel aspect of this paper is that the effects of load types, namely resistive heating, battery charging, and grid connection were also investigated. It was shown that major contributors to improved starting performance are aerodynamic improvements, reduction of inertia, and simply changing the pitch angle of the blades. The first two contributors can be attained from an exploitation of a “mixed-airfoil” blade.The results indicate that starting ability has a direct effect on the duration that the turbine can operate and consequently its overall energy output. The overall behavior of the wind turbine system depends on the load type, these impose different torque characteristics for the turbine to overcome and lead to different power production characteristics.When a “mixed-airfoil” blade is used the annual energy production of the wind systems increases with the exception of resistive heating loads. Net changes in annual energy production were range of −4% to 40% depending on the load types and sites considered. The significant improvement in energy production strongly suggests that both the starting performance and load types should be considered together in the design process.


Worasinchai, S., Ingram, G., & Dominy, R. (2012). Effects of Wind Turbine Starting Capability on Energy Yield. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 134(4), Article 042603.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2012
Deposit Date Aug 6, 2013
Journal Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Print ISSN 0742-4795
Electronic ISSN 1528-8919
Publisher American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 134
Issue 4
Article Number 042603
Keywords Torque, Stress, Energy generation, Rotors, Turbines, Blades, Wind, Airfoils, Design, Wind turbines.