TOPFARMProject reference: 38641
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Next generation design tool for optimisation of wind farm topology and operation
Total cost:EUR 3 281 236
EU contribution:EUR 1 702 336
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-TREN-4
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
During recent years, wind energy has moved from an emerging technology to become a nearly competitive technology. This fact, coupled with an increasing global focus on environmental concern, as e.g. expressed in the Kyoto protocol, and a political desire on a certain level of diversification in the energy supply, ensures wind energy an important role in the future electric energy supply market. An increasing part of the turbines to be installed in the future are foreseen to be sited in large wind farms. Establishment of large wind farms requires enormous investments putting greater emphasis on optimal topology design and control. Today, the design of a wind farm is based on an optimisation of the power output only, whereas the load aspect is treated only in a rudimentary manner, in the sense that the wind turbines are required only to comply with the design codes.