Recent Advances, Challenges and Solutions in Wind Turbine Advanced Control, Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control


The motivation for this workshop comes from a real need to have an overview about the challenges of fault diagnosis, fault tolerant control and advanced control solutions for very demanding systems, such as wind turbines and wind farm systems, which require reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety over power conversion efficiency. These topics have begun to stimulate research and development in the wide control community particularly for these installations that need a high degree of “sustainability” (i.e. tolerance with respect to possible fault). Note that this topic represents a key point mainly for offshore wind turbines with very large rotors, since they are characterised by challenging modelling and control problems, as well as expensive and safety critical maintenance works. In this case, a clear conflict exists between ensuring a high degree of availability and reducing maintenance times, which affect the final energy cost. On the other hand, wind turbines have highly nonlinear dynamics, with a stochastic and uncontrollable driving force as input in the form of wind speed, thus representing an interesting challenge also from the modelling point of view. Suitable advanced control methods, as well as fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control strategies, can provide a sustainable optimisation of the energy conversion efficiency over wider than normally expected working conditions. Moreover, a proper mathematical description of the wind turbine system should be able to capture the complete behaviour of the process under monitoring, thus providing an important impact on the control design itself. In this way, the control scheme could guarantee prescribed performance, whilst also giving a degree of “tolerance” to possible deviation of characteristic properties or system parameters from standard conditions, if properly included in the wind turbine model itself. The most important developments in advanced controllers for wind turbines are addressed, and open problems in the areas of modelling of wind turbines are also outlined. Finally, the workshop aims also to present and compare different schemes and solutions applied to nonlinear benchmark examples and real installations.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Organizer: Prof. Silvio Simani, Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy.


  • Prof. Silvio Simani, Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy.
  • Dr. Saverio Farsoni, Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy.
  • Prof. Vicenc Puig, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain.
  • Prof. Ron J. Patton, School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Hull, UK.
  • Prof. Horst Schulte, University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW), School of Engineering – Energy and Information Science, Germany.
  • Dr. Peter F. Odgaard, Senior Control Engineer, Goldwind Energy, Denmark.
  • Prof. Youmin Zhang, Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design & Innovation, Concordia University, Canada.
  • Prof. Amin Hajizadeh, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • Prof. Hamed Badihi, College of Automation Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.
Workshop Program

Session I

14:20 – 14:40: Introduction to the Workshop Sessions and Broad Areas of Condition Monitoring, Health Management, Fault Diagnosis and Sustainable Control – Prof. Silvio Simani.

14:40 – 15:00: Fault Diagnosis for Wind Turbine Systems – Dr. Saverio Farsoni.

15:00 – 15:20: Introduction into Industrial Wind Turbine Control Design Specification and Certification – Dr. Peter F. Odgaard.

15:20 – 15:40: Fault-Tolerant and Cyber-Resilient Control of Wind Turbines – Prof. Youmin Zhang.

15:40 – 16:20: Load mitigation in wind turbine systems based on fault estimation and fault tolerant control – Prof. Ron J. Patton.

16:20 – 16:40: Coffee Break

Session II

– 16:40 – 17:00: Introduction to Wind Turbine Modelling, Advanced Control, Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control – Prof. Vicenc Puig.

17:00 – 17:20: Wind Power Plant Grid Integration for Future Power Systems – Prof. Horst Schulte.

17:20 – 17:40: Control of Wind Power System During Grid Faults – Prof. Amin Hajizadeh.

17:40 – 18:00: Recent Advances in Condition Monitoring and Health Management of Wind Turbines – Prof. Hamed. Badihi

18:00: Session Closing, Final Remarks and Farewell – Prof. Silvio Simani.