Niall McMahon

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Small Wind Turbines 2016

2016-09-16

My presentations about an AI-inspired control system and, at the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, about the future of small-scale wind energy are both online at the conference website. Thanks again to Kurt and the organisers at Technikum Wien.

2016-09-15

I’m talking today about using an intelligent control system to reduce the number of parts needed to build a small wind turbine. There are many ideas in this space but I’ll talk about an old idea, electrodynamic braking (or short-circuiting the generator), and how it may be viable with a clever controller.

While working on similar systems in the past, it seemed that they could work – or at least not fail – when a human was in charge rather than a dumb control system. With new developments in AI-type systems, it seems like a good idea to see what’s possible. I’ll talk about ongoing efforts with Python and in the future, a Raspberry PI running a small machine. It’s an interesting space.

Tomorrow, I’ll give a talk about the future of small wind in the distributed world.

I’d like to thank Kurt and the organisers/sponsors of the Second Congress for their invitation and hospitality.

You can find the programme here.

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