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A Toolbox for Offshore Wind Farm Cluster Design

Objective

Today, an offshore wind farm is merely a collection of wind turbines where the components of an offshore wind farm cluster are optimized but not the overall cluster. In the future, the best-performing wind farms will be designed with an integrated approach. For this purpose, design tools for offshore wind farm clusters must then yield for the overall optimum. This means they must integrate the cluster and grid connection design with new intelligent mechanisms for wind turbine, farm and cluster control already in the design phase.
The objective of the project is to develop toolbox for such an integrated offshore wind farm clusters design. In line with the call this is achieved by combination of the following different design optimisation tools elements as advanced wake models, turbine load models, grid interconnection models and by incorporating the operation of the offshore clusters as a virtual offshore power plant. The consortium will depart from existing state of the art models that are further developed within the project.
In parallel extensive measurements and data collection is carried out in order to validate the models, to calibrate and further improve them. Furthermore the developed control mechanisms for virtual offshore power plant operation will be tested in existing wind farms to verify that indeed an increase of the overall energy yield, a reduction of load on the single turbines and a flexible operation of the wind farm clusters is achieved.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-1
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Coordinator

3E
Address
Kalkkaai 6
1000 Brussel
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 800 622,75
Administrative Contact
Rory Donnelly (Mr.)

Participants (5)

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 550 422,75
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maaike Brouwer (Dr.)
CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 592 497,50
Address
Ammerlaender Heerstrasse 114-118
26129 Oldenburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jörg Stahlmann
SENVION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 547 846,50
Address
Uberseering 10
22297 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Kruse (Dr.)
RWE INNOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 541 532
Address
Gildehofstrasse 1
45127 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silke Köhler (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 549 697,20
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)