Glasgow-based control engineering company, SgurrControl, has recently kicked off an offshore wind reliability project, supported by a £667k grant under the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Offshore Wind Components Technology Scheme.
SgurrControl, part of leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, is leading the wind turbine intelligent control project, to simulate, implement and demonstrate the capability of the individual blade control (ATLAS) technology to realize large reductions in blade loads on offshore wind turbines.
Spanning two years, the project will provide a quantitative assessment of the benefits of using ATLAS and will inform the industry and manufacturers of the impact of loads, which can then be considered during wind turbine design.
ATLAS will be implemented on a Blaaster Wind Technologies 3MW DL101 wind turbine in Valsneset, Norway and the project will include two SgurrEnergy Galion Lidar devices to further analyze the response of the wind turbine to variations in wind shear, veer and gusts flowing into the turbine.
As part of the project, Romax Technology will provide drivetrain and simulation expertise to identify the most damaging events which will then be used to target controller optimization. Romax’s analysis techniques and cost modeling will close the loop on wind turbine system response modeling.
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