Cutting costs with advanced wind farm control

19 December 2016

Ramboll is participating in a new EU funded research project that aims to make wind farms more cost and energy efficient.

Project participants for the project on advanced wind farm control

Project participants for the project on advanced wind farm control

Contact

Ursula Smolka

Ursula Smolka

Senior Engineer
T: +49 (151) 58015-127

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 wind farm as a whole

Current practice in wind turbines operation is that every turbine has its own controller that optimizes its own performance in terms of energy capture and loading. This means that each wind turbine operates using only the information available from its own measurements. As such, the turbines do not operate as part a major system.

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.

Ambitious targets

The expected outcomes of the project aim high: reducing the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of 10% through an increase in wind farm energy production by 4-5%, reducing O&M costs by 4%, a lifetime extension of 1%, and reducing the material cost for turbine components by 3-4%. CL-Windcon will also include a comprehensive analysis of the economic and environmental impact of the technical improvements resulting from the project, as well as a standards review for future wind turbine and farms design.

14 partners from 6 countries

Ramboll, General Electric, University of Stuttgart, Technical University of Munich and UL International GMBH / DEWI (Germany); Enel Green Power and Politecnico di Milano (Italy); Aalborg University (Denmark); Delft University of Technology and the Energy Research Centre-ECN (The Netherlands), Garrad Hassan (United Kingdom), and, Ikerlan-IK4, Qi Europe, and CENER as project coordinator (Spain).

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Ramboll Group
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35128417

Ramboll Energy
35128417

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