This project is conducted in collaboration with Prof. Maarten Kamper, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
During this preliminary study the potential(s) of reluctance synchronous machines (RSM) used as generators for small-scale wind turbine systems (<= 50 kW) shall be examined.
Based on a RSM prototype the research tasks are (i) the design of adequate control and operation management methods and (ii) the evaluation of these developed methods at a Hardware-in-the-Loop system. The evaluation will focus on the comparison of the generator performances of RSM and permanent-magnet synchronous machine with respect to power density, efficiency, dynamics and torque ripple. In parallel these experimental results will be used for a further optimization of the machine design of the RSM prototype.