Inaugural speech J.W. van Wingerden

15 November 2019 15:00 till 17:00 - Location: Aula (Auditorium), Mekelweg 5 - By: DCSC

"Smart wind farms"

With the recent target of The Netherlands to generate at least 70% of its electrical energy from renewable sources by 2050, wind energy is taking an increasingly prominent role. By 2050, wind energy is expected to be the single largest energy source for electricity generation in the Netherlands and Europe.

In pursuit of this goal, many offshore wind farms are to be installed over the upcoming years. However, in a wind farm, the turbulent wakes of turbines negatively influence the energy generation and structural loads of downstream turbines, which hinders the deployment of more densely spaced and thus more cost-effective wind farms.

In my inaugural address, I propose to solve this issue by novel, futuristic control technologies and data-driven wind farm control algorithms which steer the wakes clear of other turbines, irrespective of dynamic wind fluctuations. This concept introduces a new degree of freedom in future wind farms and asks for a new approach in wind farm design and operation. These smart wind farms will play a crucial role in the successful transition of the energy market towards renewable sources.