Wind Energy Extraction in Cold Climates, Wind Turbine and Wind Farm
, École de technologie supérieure
The Canadian wind sector needs more accurate, reliable ways to assess wind farm performance, and to improve performance of those farms by enhancing their ability, and that of their turbines, to extract energy in the challenging Canadian setting. Pertinent R&D topics include performance assessment methodologies, wind turbine and component design and aerodynamics, wind turbine materials, icing mitigation methods, and wind energy production forecasting. Theme 2 will address the foregoing topics by developing a range of innovative tools and technologies to enhance the extraction of energy from wind turbines and wind farms across Canada.
Project 2.1: Wind Farm Performance Assessment in a Canadian Setting - will investigate how Nordic conditions affect operating behaviour and production losses of Canadian wind turbines and wind farms. The project will use CFD-based modeling methods and experimental verification.
Project 2.2: Advanced Wind Turbine and Component Design - will examine the structural design, materials, and manufacture of wind turbines and their components for Nordic conditions, developing methodologies and technologies to optimize wind turbine design for the Canadian climate.
Project 2.3: Wind Turbine Performance Testing of a Large Wind Farm - scrutinizes wind turbine performance in the context of large wind farms, focusing on nacelle anemometry and interactions between turbine blades, nacelle and anemometer readings.
Project 2.4: Wind Energy Production Forecasting - will examine how icing events in a Nordic environment affect the forecasting of wind energy production losses. Practical application of these and other Theme 2 outcomes will improve our ability to assess, measure, and forecast wind farm power output in a Canadian setting, which will enhance the performance of Canadian wind farms and raise their annual energy production.