Steering wakes could cut losses and boost wind farm outputs

By Paul Dvorak This article comes from New Energy Update and is authored by Richard Wachman.
Coordinated turbine tilt (yawing) and ramp-down strategies based on advanced data analytics could increase annual energy production by several percentage points, say the initial findings from a joint government-industry research project.
As operators seek to raise the competitiveness of existing and new wind farm assets, wake steering strategies are being developed to minimize total plant losses. Developers are installing larger turbines to lower output costs and upstream turbines can significantly impact wind levels available to downstream units.
Wind farms can lose up to 20% of their gross energy production

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