Using Data-Mining Approaches for Wind Turbine Power Curve Monitoring: A Comparative Study

Meik Schlechtingen, Ilmar Santos, Sofiane Achiche

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Four data-mining approaches for wind turbine power curve monitoring are compared. Power curve monitoring can be applied to evaluate the turbine power output and detect deviations, causing financial loss. In this research, cluster center fuzzy logic, neural network, and -nearest neighbor models are built and their performance compared against literature. Recently developed adaptive neuro-fuzzy-interference system models are set up and their performance compared with the other models, using the same data. Literature models often neglect the influence of the ambient temperature and the wind direction. The ambient temperature can influence the power output up to 20%. Nearby obstacles can lower the power output for certain wind directions. The approaches proposed in literature and the ANFIS models are compared by using wind speed only and two additional inputs. The comparison is based on the mean absolute error, root mean squared error, mean absolute percentage error, and standard deviation using data coming from three pitch regulated turbines rating 2 MW each. The ability to highlight performance deviations is investigated by use of realmeasurements. The comparison shows the decrease of error rates and of the ANFIS models when taking into account the two additional inputs and the ability to detect faults earlier.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Transactions on Sustainable Energy
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)671-679
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Condition monitoring
  • Data mining
  • Fuzzy neural networks
  • Machine learning
  • Neural networks
  • Power generation
  • Power system faults
  • Signal analysis
  • Wind energy

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