Computer models to build more efficient wind farms
- GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH
- ENEL GREEN POWER
- RAMBOLL IMS INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH
- GARRAD HASSAN & PARTNERS LTD
- TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
- UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
- TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
- STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
- POLITECNICO DI MILANO
- IKERLAN S COOP
- AALBORG UNIVERSITET
- QI ENERGY ASSESSMENT SL
- UL INTERNATIONAL GMBH
- ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY LLC
2016 – 2019
4 931 422,50 €
European programmes: Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme
CL-Windcon will be developing models to allow a comprehensive design of wind turbines and wind farms to optimise wind utilisation, reduce maintenance costs, and improve wind power capacity to participate in the adjustment services of the electrical grid. As a result, the operation in the parks will be economically viable, allowing them to generate more energy, and the electrical grid will be able to support a higher percentage of wind in its mix.
Specifically, it aims to achieve a 10% reduction in the overall levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for wind power, increase production in parks by 4-5%, reduce operating costs by 4%, extend the service life of the machine by 1%, and reduce the cost of materials of components (thanks to lower loads) by 3-4%. It will also assess the overall economic and environmental impact of these technical improvements as a result of the project.
IK4-IKERLAN will design and implement a system for automatic control of wind turbines, which will offer these benefits while harmonising the objectives of the park and the wind turbine.
Furthermore, the centre will propose methods for designing the automatic control of wind farms that make use of the new features of the wind turbines, in order to improve energy efficiency, allow better management of maintenance needs, and improve availability.
A part of the software that IK4-IKERLAN is developing in this project is avilable here. OpenDiscon is an adaptable controller for more than one wind turbine. In case you need support, the simulation service or even the complete software functionality, you can contact our researcher Iker Elorza below.