Development of dynamic models and advanced algorithms in control technology for the mastering of larger wind turbines



Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Duration: 04/2015 - 01/2020


The primary objective of the “WindUC” project is to develop mathematical models of the next generation of wind turbines for use during the control unit design phase. In a second phase, these models will then be used to modify or redesign and test advanced control algorithms. The suitability of the novel procedures is then to be tested using real-time simulations. The results of the project should contribute to the optimal operation of the turbines at the respective points and ultimately help to increase their yield and reduce loads.

Wind turbines have undergone rapid evolution in recent years. In order to replicate the system behaviour of today's turbines sufficiently, the latest modelling approaches were developed further, e.g., models based on finite element methods, multi-body models and modal models. On the one hand, these models are not suitable for use when designing control units due to their complexity. On the other hand, turbine control systems have not been able to match the advances in turbine technology so far, as turbine control technology has attracted considerably less attention in recent years than the fields of simulation and design.

The WindUC project should make a contribution towards the use of new modelling formalisms corresponding to the latest turbines in control unit design and thus help to optimise existing turbine control units and develop new control algorithms.