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IEEE Power Electronics and Machines in Wind Applications (PEMWA), 2012


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Direct drive permanent magnet generators(PMGs) are increasingly capturing the global wind market in large onshore and offshore applications. The aim of this paper is to provide a quick overview of permanent magnet generator design and related control issues for large wind turbines. Generator systems commonly used in wind turbines, the permanent magnet generator types, and control methods are reviewed in the paper. The current commercial PMG wind turbine on market is surveyed. The design of a 5 MW axial flux permanent magnet (AFPM) generator for large wind turbines is discussed and presented in detail.