Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation Study of Active Power Control in Wind Plants

Paul Fleming, Yingchen Zhang, Jake Aho, Lucy Pao, Pieter Gebraad

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This paper presents an analysis performed on a wind plant's ability to provide active power control services using a high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics-based wind plant simulator. This approach allows examination of the impact on wind turbine wake interactions within a wind plant on performance of the wind plant controller. The paper investigates several control methods for improving performance in waked conditions. One method uses wind plant wake controls, an active field of research in which wind turbine control systems are coordinated to account for their wakes, to improve the overall performance. Results demonstrate the challenge of providing active power control in waked conditions but also the potential methods for improving this performance.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 28 Jul 2016
Event2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 20168 Jul 2016


Conference2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 American Automatic Control Council (AACC).

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-66004


  • automatic generation control
  • computational modeling
  • rotors
  • wind farms
  • wind speed
  • wind turbines


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