The main challenge for CL-Windcon is to carry out the advanced control for a wind farm in an integrated way, simultaneously improving the efficiency and reliability, therefore reducing the cost of energy. Another challenge consists in the application of the new solutions developed to existing and newly-designed farms.
In order to achieve its goals, CL-Windcon will enhance the understanding and modelling of the flow dynamics inside the wind farm, how wind turbines modify this flow by generating wakes, and are also affected by the perturbed flow. The knowledge and tools developed will be used to design and virtually test with a reasonable computational effort advanced open and closed-loop control concepts for wind farm optimization.
Validation of the models and the control algorithms will be performed by fully detailed simulations, wind tunnel tests and field testing on a real wind farm. The tools for wind farm dynamic modelling will be provided open source at the end of the project.
CL-Windcon will also perform a deep feasibility assessment at wind turbine and wind farm operation level from different perspectives: technological, O&M, reliability, economic, environmental and standards.