The power output of a wind turbine varies with wind speed and every wind turbine has a characteristic power performance curve. With such a curve it is possible to predict the energy production of a wind turbine without considering the technical details of its various components. The power curve gives the electrical power output as a function of the hub height wind speed. The figure presents an example of a power curve for a hypothetical wind turbine. The performance of a given wind turbine generator can be related to three key points on the velocity scale:
Cut-in speed: The minimum wind speed at which the machine will deliver useful power.
Rated wind speed: The wind speed at which the rated power (generally the maximum power output of the electrical generator) is reached.
Cut-out speed: The maximum wind speed at which the turbine is allowed to deliver power (usually limited by engineering design and safety constraints).

Source: James. F. Manwell, J. G. McGowan, A. L. Rogers. “Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application”. John Wiley and Sons Ltd., 2009.


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