Floating wind farms: wakes, control, structure and economy. Results from the CONFLOWS project

Lars Landberg, Mohammadreza Mohammadi, Ervine Bossanyi, Paul Fleming, Majid Bastankhah

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The results of the now finished InnovateUK/DoE-funded project CONFLOWS project will be described.

The purpose of the project was to investigate how wind farm control could be used for floating offshore wind turbines.

A deep study into and a new model for wakes, taking wind shear and veer into account, will be reported. A full wind farm control simulation for a wind farm off of the east coast of the US will be detailed. Based on the simulation, the structural loads associated with the control actions were modeled, and the results of this modeling will also be given. Finally, the economic aspects of the floating wind farm in question will be presented, resulting in an estimate of the LCOE.

The project showed that it is indeed possible to simulate all aspects of wind-farm-controlled floating wind farms using the engineering models augmented and developed in the project. Details of these models will be given.

Floating wind is still in it's infancy, but projects like CONFLOWS create a strong basis for the development of the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2023
Externally publishedYes
EventWind Energy Science Conference 2023 - Technology & Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 May 202325 May 2023


ConferenceWind Energy Science Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleWESC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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