Wind turbine farms can generate much more energy

News - 23 January 2018 - DCSC

In order to generate more sustainable energy and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, an increasing number of wind turbines are appearing on the horizon. Especially in the sea, because they are not in anyone’s way there and more importantly there is simply much more space there.

And there is another advantage: whereas once upon a time wind turbines were neatly lined up in farms, since 2030 they have become floating farms with a dynamic setup. ‘Like a team of smart, self-driving cars, they work together and continuously search for the ideal place to position themselves in order to produce as much energy as possible, on the one hand, and to minimise turbulence problems so they can last as long as possible. It is possible for them to work together because in the future every wind turbine will have measurement equipment to determine the wind force, the direction and the vibrations. These data will then be processed by means of algorithms to predict what the best place is for each turbine.’ 

Jan-Willem van Wingerden, who conducts research at the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) in the area of measurement and control technology of large-scale mechatronic systems that are propelled by a disruption such as wind or waves, has no trouble visualising this future scenario. He believes that floating wind turbine farms have great future potential: they can generate up to forty per cent more energy. Read more

Jan-Willem van Wingerden
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