Date of Award

5-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Pourboghrat, Farzad

Abstract

This thesis presents the modeling and simulation of wind energy generators, denoted as KiteGen, which employ power kites to capture high altitude wind power. A simple kite model is used to describe the system's dynamics. A simple structure for KiteGen is investigated through simulation. The Simscape and SimMechanics toolboxes (under Matlab) are used to develop the simulation model of the system. Linearized model of the system as well as its reduced order models are found using Matlab/Simulink and control toolbox to determine the stability, controllability and observability of the system for the purpose of control design.

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