IEA Wind Task 32 + Task 37 Workshop 15:
Optimizing Wind Turbines with Lidar-Assisted Control using Systems Engineering
17th and 18th October 2019
Workshop leader: Task 32: Eric Simley (NREL), Task 37: Pietro Bortolotti (NREL)
Organization team: Katherine Dykes (DTU Wind Energy), Holger Fürst (SWE), David Schlipf (WETI), Andy Scholbrock (NREL)
Venue: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA
Following the NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference
Background to the Workshop
The goal of IEA Wind Task 32 is to identify and mitigate barriers to the use of wind lidar for wind energy applications including site assessment, power performance testing, loads and control, and measurements in complex flow. Within the topic of loads and control, Task 32 has been active in mitigating barriers to the use of lidar-assisted wind turbine control.
The purpose of IEA Wind Task 37 is to coordinate international research activities to analyze wind power plants as holistic systems. Through the development of analysis tools and reference models, Task 37 advances systems engineering methods for reducing the levelized cost of energy of wind energy projects.
Lidar-assisted control (LAC) is effective at reducing structural loads on wind turbines, which has been demonstrated through simulation as well as field testing. However, it is difficult to determine the reduction in cost-of-energy that can be achieved through the use of LAC, especially because of the additional costs associated with integrating lidar hardware into the turbine design. Furthermore, LAC is often analyzed using existing turbine designs. Systems engineering presents an opportunity to directly include the use of LAC during the turbine design process to optimize the levelized cost-of-energy. The aim of this workshop is to combine the experience in lidar-assisted controller design and modeling from Task 32 with the knowledge of systems engineering analysis using reference wind turbine models from Task 37 to show how wind turbines can be optimized with LAC.
The primary objective of the workshop is to identify a process for determining the reduction in cost-of-energy made possible by LAC. This objective can be divided into the following steps:
- To identify models and simulation capabilities that need to be established to include LAC in the wind turbine optimization process
- To identify reference wind turbine models and controllers that can be used to quantify the benefits of LAC
- To propose a process for optimizing a reference wind turbine and baseline controller using LAC
- To discuss opportunities to further collaborate on the proposed wind turbine optimization research
The workshop is split into six main sessions:
- Educational Session: Understanding LAC and systems engineering
- Presentations on the benefits of LAC
- Discussion of models needed to include LAC in the wind turbine optimization process
- Presentations on wind turbine optimization using systems engineering
- Discussion of methods for optimizing wind turbines with LAC
- Development of a research plan for optimizing wind turbines with LAC
The outcome of the workshop will be
- An exchange of experience in wind turbine optimization with systems engineering and LAC
- Initiation of a working group to write a white paper containing a roadmap for including LAC in the optimization of the cost-of-energy of wind turbines
- Identification of opportunities to pursue further research on wind turbine optimization with LAC
- Wind turbine manufacturers
- Lidar manufacturers
Please register for the workshop here. Please register before 15 September 2019. Registration for the workshop is free of charge.
After you register, please send us one slide by October 7 with your experience in systems engineering and/or lidar-assisted control and your expectation for the workshop. The slide will be used for the introduction round and uploaded to our website. An example from a previous workshop can be found here. The slides and other material will be available after the Workshop on a password-protected website. Please send your slide in PDF format to Eric Simley.
Registered participants will receive more information prior to the workshop.
The workshop will take place at the the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The workshop will be held in the Hadley Room on the 10th floor of the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.
The workshop follows the NAWEA/WindTech 2019 conference, which will held from 14th - 16th October, also at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Additional information about the workshop venue, including transportation and lodging information, are available on the NAWEA/WindTech 2019 website:
- Travel: https://www.naweawindtech2019.org/travel
- Accommodation: https://www.naweawindtech2019.org/node/127
The following program is a draft and subject to revision without notice. Please check back for updates!
Day 1: Thursday, October 17th
Educational Session: Lidar-assisted control and systems engineering
Understanding the benefits of lidar-assisted control
Identifying models needed to include lidar-assisted control in wind turbine design
Day 2: Friday, October 18th
Summary of Day 1
Wind turbine optimization using systems engineering
Identifying methods for optimizing wind turbines with lidar-assisted control
Developing a plan for including lidar-assisted control in wind turbine optimization
Summary of the workshop and follow up