Closed-Loop Wind Farm Control (CL-Windcon)

Project objective

The goal is to develop highly innovative wind farm control (WFC) algorithms that achieve an optimized balance between maximization of the yearly power production, lifetime extension and O&M cost reduction, and guarantee proper operation under realistic temporal and spatial variations of the wind resource. The state-of-the-art is currently represented by a static open-loop approach in which the turbines’ settings (pitch angles and yaw misalignments) are optimized for fixed wind speeds and directions. CL-WINDCON has the ambition to move the current static, open-loop WFC towards dynamic closed-loop control. Dynamic WFC will be capable to take into account the variability of the flow (time and spatial variations in the wind resource), as well as model uncertainties, thereby ensuring optimal performance in real-life environment.

Expected outcome

At the end of the project, the maturity of the WFC algorithms will be increased to the level that they are optimized for operation in a real-life environment. Initial full scale tests will have been performed.

Contributing organizations

  • Aalborg University
  • Dewi-OCC
  • ECN part of TNO
  • Enel
  • General Electric GE GR
  • GH
  • Ramboll Offshore Wind
  • Delft University of Technology
  • TUM
  • University of Stuttgart