DC Grid Interface for the Integrated Generator-Rectifier Architecture in Wind Energy Systems

Debranjan Mukherjee, Arijit Banerjee

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An integrated generator-rectifier architecture is a promising candidate for harvesting energy from offshore wind. The most attractive feature of this architecture is that the majority of the power is processed by reliable, efficient, and inexpensive diodes operating at the generator frequency. The use of dc collection grids (medium-voltage or high-voltage dc) is an emerging trend in a wind farm. This article proposes a dc grid interface circuit for the integrated generator-rectifier and a control strategy for maximum power point tracking. Using a 10-MW illustrative design, it is shown that the proposed architecture reduces the total switch volt-ampere rating requirement by 22.8%, which translates into overall loss reduction ranging between 28.3% and 71.7%, depending on the extracted power. The maximum power point tracking algorithm is implemented based on the relationship between the active rectifier d-axis current and the generated power. Experimental results obtained from a laboratory prototype validates the effectiveness of the proposed converter architecture and its control strategy. This approach opens up opportunities for integrating dc collection networks with offshore wind farms through an efficient, reliable, and cost-effective energy conversion system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14795-14808
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Full-bridge topology
  • high-voltage dc (HVDC)
  • isolated dcadc converter
  • medium-voltage dc (MVDC)
  • modular converter
  • offshore wind
  • rectifier

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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