TotalControl - Advanced integrated control of large-scale wind power plants and wind turbines

Gregor Giebel, Gunner Chr. Larsen, Anand Natarajan, Johan Meyers, Ervin Bossanyi, Karl Merz

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Current state of the art wind power plant (WPP) controllers operate wind turbines (WTs) independently as individual machines, thus dispatching the WTs’ set points in an equal manner to all of them. To achieve optimal WPP control, three aspects need to be addressed: • Maximizing the yield (power production) balanced against turbine mechanical loading and electricity price • Enhancing WPP capability to provide ancillary services (primary, secondary, and tertiary reserves), and • Reducing operating costs (i.e. reduced fatigue load degradation of WTs and O&M requirement) over the lifetime of the WPP. The goal of TotalControl is to move the WPP controller design philosophy from individual optimization of WT operation to a coordinated optimization of the overall WPP performance. The TotalControl project aims to achieve this by developing and validating advanced integrated WPP/WT control schemes conditioned on grid demands and wind turbine fatigue damage limits. For developing and testing of the different WPP controllers, a range of high-fidelity and medium-fidelity simulation models are used. These models are already available in the consortium, but will be thoroughly validated against full-scale measurements in the Lillgrund WPP. Due to the complexity and multi-scale nature of WPP flow dynamics, the high-fidelity CFD-based models are very expensive in simulation time, e.g. requiring supercomputing, and therefore not well suited as control design models.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventWindEurope Offshore 2019: Our energy, our future: How offshore wind will help Europe go carbon neutral - Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 26 Nov 201928 Nov 2019


ConferenceWindEurope Offshore 2019: Our energy, our future
LocationBella Center
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Giebel, G., Larsen, G. C., Natarajan, A., Meyers, J., Bossanyi, E., & Merz, K. (2019). TotalControl - Advanced integrated control of large-scale wind power plants and wind turbines. Poster session presented at WindEurope Offshore 2019: Our energy, our future, Copenhagen, Denmark.