Integrated System Design and Analysis

Primary Objective

Enable full life cycle, site-specific, cost-of-energy wind plant optimization by providing a comprehensive analysis capability for land-based and offshore wind plants; coordinating development of open-source, baseline analysis modules; developing and disseminating methods to accurately generate wind plant design criteria; and incorporating a new wind plant optimization approach into international standards.

Wind plant design and analysis employ lower-order design tools derived from basic understanding of the physics produced by higher-fidelity high-performance computing (HPC) models and validated via targeted experimental campaigns. Continued improvements for the industry will be fostered through collaborative design tool validation exercises with the entire (public and private sector) international wind research and engineering community. To enable truly Integrated System Design and Analysis requires the ability to conduct multidisciplinary analyses of the plant, along with corresponding improvements in turbine design analysis capabilities and improved characterization of inherently uncertain site-specific atmospheric conditions. System engineering capabilities also must extend from a collaborative environment, enabled with an open-source framework for sharing capabilities and information.

Focus Area Goals

  • Assess the current models and processes used by the industry for wind plant system analysis and design
  • Justify a third-generation design process focused on wind plants
  • Develop a wind plant integrated design and analysis capability
  • Develop and assess open-source, baseline modules to support wind plant design and analysis
  • Define and incorporate wind plant design criteria and standards