Project participants for the project on advanced wind farm control
CL-Windcon (Closed Loop Wind Farm Control) has received funding from the European Union to research how to reduce the overall cost of running wind farms and increase energy production. Ultimately the project hopes to reduce the levelised cost of energy by 10 percent by increasing energy production, extending lifetime, and reducing operation and maintenance and material costs.
One of the main challenges for CL-Windcon project is carrying out the advanced control of large wind turbines and wind farms on a global scale while simultaneously improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of energy. These new solutions then have to be applied to e existing and newly-designed farms.
The CL-Windcon project will treat the entire wind farm as a comprehensive real-time optimization problem, addressing advanced modelling and open and closed loop control algorithms at a farm level. Validation of the models and the control algorithms will be performed by fully detailed simulations, wind tunnel tests and field testing on a real wind farm. The tools for wind farm dynamic modelling will be fully open source at the end of the project. And thanks to the development of appropriate dynamic tools for wind farm simulation at a reasonable computational effort, new innovation solutions will be provided to the wind energy sector.