A new €2.3 million (£20.2m) project aimed at maximising energy production from offshore wind whilst reducing turbine loads has been launched.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator’s Wind Farm Control Trials (WFCT) will investigate the impact of focusing on strategies to improve energy generation across an entire wind farm, rather than individual turbines.
Optimising control strategies to reduce wake effects is said to lower the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) by increasing the total wind energy yield and reducing fatigue, saving operational and maintenance costs.
They are also expected to increase availability and extend the lifetime of existing and future assets.
The first stage of the project involves analysis to determine the most suitable wind farm test site for the trials and an optimisation of the control strategies.
The selected wind farm will have extensive measurement equipment installed as part of the validation process for the simulations.
James Sinfield, WFCT Project Manager at the Carbon Trust said: “The project has the potential to have a significant impact on cost reduction with a win-win on improving annual energy production and at the same time reducing operational and maintenance costs.”
The trials are expected to be undertaken in 2018 and full results are expected in 2019.