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

Using rotor inertia as stored energy in below rated wind farms to provide primary frequency response
Cole Matthew, Stock Adam, Leithead WE, Amos Lindsey
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 1618 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1618/2/022026
Offshore multi-purpose platforms for a Blue Growth : a technological, environmental and socio-economic review
Abhinav KA, Collu Maurizio, Benjamins Steven, Cai Huiwen, Hughes Adam, Jiang Bo, Jude Simon, Leithead William, Lin Cui, Liu Hongda, Recalde-Camacho Luis, Serpetti Natalia, Sun Ke, Wilson Ben, Yue Hong, Zhou Bin-Zhen
Science of the Total Environment Vol 734 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138256
Distributed control of wind farm power set points to minimise fatigue loads
Stock Adam, Cole Matthew, Leithead Bill, Amos Lindsey
2020 American Control Conference (ACC) American Control Conference (ACC) 2020 American Control Conference, pp. 4843-4848 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.23919/ACC45564.2020.9147732
Dynamic wind power plant control for system integration using the generator response following concept
Campos-Gaona David, Stock Adam, Anaya-Lara Olimpo, Leithead William
Energies Vol 13 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.3390/en13071804
The X-rotor offshore wind turbine concept
Leithead William, Camciuc Arthur, Kazemi Amiri Abbas, Carroll James
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 1356 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1356/1/012031
Wind farm control work at the University of Strathclyde, past, present and future
Stock Adam, Leithead William, Anaya-Lara Olimpo, Amos Lindsey, Cole Matthew, Taylor Peter, Pirrie Paul, Campos-Gaona David
5th Wind Energy Systems Engineering Workshop (2019)

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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

XROTOR (H2020 LC SC3) X-Shaped Radical Offshore Wind Turbine For Overall Cost Of Energy Reduction'
Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Allan, Grant (Co-investigator) Anaya-Lara, Olimpo (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Peter (Co-investigator) Stock, Adam (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
KTP - Natural Power. Develop a wind turbine generator (WTG) monitoring solution for novel control and extended life operations.
Stock, Adam (Principal Investigator) Kazemi Amiri, Abbas (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2022
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

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Address

Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University Centre

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