Deliverable D1.1: Definition of reference wind farms and simulation scenarios

This first technical deliverable presents the selected reference wind farms and simulation scenarios that are used to make comparisons between the different technologies within the project. The definition of the reference wind farms is essential to ensure a high degree of comparability between the different models, control technologies and algorithms to optimize the performance of wind farms. The definition of the simulation scenarios provides the framework guidelines that enable reference cases to be defined by inputs/outputs, variables and evaluation metrics, for a common analysis and accurate comparisons between the different models and control strategies.

Four different reference wind farms have been defined. Two of them are simple topologies with one and three arrays of three turbines. The two other are more complex layouts with eighty turbines in four rows in the offshore case (Norcowe RFW) and the existing wind farm that will be used in the field experiments (Sedini WF).

The wind turbine selected for the minimal layouts and the offshore wind farm is the reference turbine from the EU project INNWIND, as it is described in detail in public literature and reflects the current state of the art for wind turbine technology. For Sedini wind farm, GE 1.5 MW installed turbines are the reference one. This wind turbine has been for years one of the world’s most widely used in its class.

A set of simulation scenarios have been defined in order to provide guidance on the development and execution of a highly integrated modelling and experimental research activity based on well-established verification and validation (V&V) practices adapted to the development of tools for wind farm dynamic modelling and control. The formal V&V framework adopted was originally developed by Sandia National Laboratory.

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