Professor William Leithead

Professor Of Systems And Control

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

My areas of expertise are Control Engineering and Wind Energy Systems with particular focus on the conceptual design of wind turbines and wind turbine and farm control system design. My research leadership roles include head of the Wind Energy Research Group at Strathclyde and Director of the Industrial Control Centre. The Wind Energy Research Group has more than 70 PhD students and Research Assistants. Additionally, I am Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems, which is hosted by Strathclyde, and its successor, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems, and I Chair the EPSRC Supergen Wind Energy Hub. I am, also, on the Executive Committee of the EPSRC Industrial Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy, which is a partnership between Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Exeter Universities.

I am actively involved with many national and international wind energy research and policy committees including the European Academy of Wind Energy Executive Committee, European Energy Alliance Joint Programme Wind Steering Committee and ORECatapult Research Advisory Group.

Publications

Model predictive control of a variable-speed pitch-regulated wind turbine
Hur Sung Ho, Leithead William
2016 UKACC 11th International Conference on Control UKACC International Conference on CONTROL 2016, pp. 1-6 (2016)
https://doi.org/10.1109/CONTROL.2016.7737542
Speed and torque control strategies for loss reduction of vertical axis wind turbines
Argent Michael, McDonald Alasdair, Leithead Bill, Giles Alexander
The Science of Making Torque from Wind 2016 (2016)
Gusts detection in a horizontal wind turbine by monitoring of innovations error of an extended Kalman filter
Recalde L F, Hur S, Leithead W E
The Science of Making Torque from Wind 2016 (2016)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/753/5/052010
Adjustment of wind farm power output through flexible turbine operation using wind farm control
Hur Sung-ho, Leithead William E
Wind Energy Vol 19, pp. 1667-1686 (2016)
https://doi.org/10.1002/we.1943
Novel metrics to quantify the impacts of frequency support provision methods by wind power
Attya Ayman, Anaya-Lara Olimpo, Leithead William
IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe 2016 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, Europe, pp. 6 (2016)
Vertical axis wind turbines : minimising generator losses by torque control
Argent Michael, McDonald Alasdair, Leithead Bill
EAWE 12th PhD Seminar on Wind Energy in Europe (2016)

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Research interests

  • In Control his research interests include linear systems theory and analysis and nonlinear system modelling and identification;
  • In Wind Energy his research interests include the dynamic analysis of wind turbines and wind farms, their dynamic modelling and simulation, control system design and optimisation.

Professional activities

SUPERGEN WIND HLG/EPSRC Meeting (Event)
Chair
11/4/2016
SUPERGEN Wind Hub General Board Meeting at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Leven, Fife (Event)
Chair
29/2/2016
14h NOWITECH Full Scientific Committee (Event)
Member
19/1/2016
SUPERGEN Poster Session followed by SUPERGEN PI Round Table meeting
Contributor
19/11/2015
WINDTRUST Workshop
Organiser
18/11/2015
NORCOWE Board Meeting (External organisation)
Member
11/2015

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Projects

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures
Carroll, James (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Peter (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2027
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures
Carroll, James (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Peter (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2027
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures
Carroll, James (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Peter (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2027
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Thapa, Abhishek
Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Thapa, Abhishek (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2021
Increasing the value of Hydropower through increased Flexibilty (HYDROFLEX)
Anaya-Lara, Olimpo (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Investigation of the novel challenges of an integrated offshore multi-purpose platform
Collu, Maurizio (Principal Investigator) Kalathiparambil Abeendranath, Abhinav (Researcher) Xu, Xue (Researcher) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator) Anaya-Lara, Olimpo (Co-investigator) Yue, Hong (Co-investigator) Recalde Camacho, Luis (Researcher)
03-Jan-2017 - 02-Jan-2020

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Address

Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University Centre

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