A team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are planning a critical experiment at Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) Facility to investigate the use of wind turbine yaw control to direct wakes, a promising approach to increase power production in wind plants. During the multi-month field campaign, researchers will collect data to improve both high-fidelity wind plant simulation software and demonstrate novel control concepts. Industry could then develop advanced controllers for deployment in commercial wind farms to increase power production. The animation shown in the screen-capture image was created from the virtual LIDAR model and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation to depict the LIDAR scanning pattern that will be used for the Wake Steering Experiment. The video depicts one of the SWiFT turbines operating in real time and scale while the DTU SpinnerLidar scans a rosette pattern at five distances downstream (1–5 rotor diameters). The contour surfaces at each scanning distance represent the average line-of-sight velocity interpolated from the SpinnerLidar virtual model interrogation of the CFD simulation, estimating the resolution of experimental data that can be expected. All data from the upcoming experiment will be made public through the U.S. Department of Energy Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Data Archive Portal for other researchers to analyze for their own models and tools.
Virtual LIDAR model helps researchers plan for the Wake Steering Experiment at SWiFT
About the Author: Andrea (Andi) Penner
Program Communications Specialist, Renewable Energy Programs, Sandia National Laboratories, firstname.lastname@example.org
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