Evaluating wind plant controls concepts using SOWFA


Wind plant controls is an active field of research in which the global performance of a wind plant is improved by coordinating the control of individual wind turbines. Various strategies have been put forward to achieve this improvement. In this presentation, we review our investigations into wind plant control using the Simulator for Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA). SOWFA is an open-source tool developed at the National Wind Technology Center which couples the OpenFOAM CFD toolbox with NREL’s FAST wind turbine simulator. Techniques investigated include pitch and torque control, yaw and tilt control, and turbine repositioning.

Sep 30, 2014 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Bechtel Collaboratory, Discovery Learning Center
Engineering Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309

National Renewable Energy Laboratory