The U.S. Windpower 56-100 is a three-bladed, free yaw wind turbine, using full span blade pitch control for power regulation. It is theoretically possible to increase the energy capture of the 56-100 by adjusting the blade angle to the optimum pitch angle on a continuing basis at below rated speeds. This concept was field tested on the 56-100, but it was found that the optimum pitch control logic opens a pathway for the 56-100 to fall into stall operation when the winds are above the rated wind speed. The 56-100 then operates as a stall-regulated wind turbine with an overall reduction of energy capture and an increase in system loads.

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