A Pole Pair Segment of a 2 MW High Temperature Superconducting Wind Turbine Generator

Xiaowei (Andy) Song, Nenad Mijatovic, Jürgen Kellers, Carsten Bührer, Anders V. Rebsdorf, Jesper Hansen, Mogens Christensen, Jens Krause, Hendrik Pütz, Jan Wiezoreck, Joachim Holbøll

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A 2 MW high temperature superconducting (HTS) generator with 24 pole pairs has been designed for the wind turbine application. In order to identify potential challenges and obtain practical knowledge prior to production, a fullsize
stationary experimental set-up, which is one pole pair segment of the full generator, has been built and tested. The
experimental set-up comprises a consequent-pole HTS rotor and a conventional three-phase copper stator. This paper first presents the electromagnetic designs of the full generator and the set-up, then it goes to compare the performance of the full generator and the set-up in terms of the flux density, the operating condition of the HTS winding, and the force-generation capability. Finite element (FE) software MagNet is used to carry out numerical simulations. The findings show that the HTS winding in the set-up is a good surrogate for these that would be used in the full generator. The FE simulations also tell that the maximum tangential force generated in the set-up is 3.77% lower than that in the full generator. Good agreement between the values of interest in the set-up and those projected in the full generator has revealed a costeffective prototyping methodology for developing HTS machines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference
Number of pages5
Publication date2016
Article numberASC2016-3LPO2G-07
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 4 Sep 20169 Sep 2016


Conference2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference
LocationColorado Convention Center
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO


  • Consequent-pole
  • Electromagnetic
  • Full-size
  • Force
  • High temperature superconducting generator
  • Wind turbine

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