Down-regulation and individual blade control as lifetime extension enablers

Vasilis Pettas, Po Wen Cheng
2018 Journal of Physics, Conference Series  
As more and more wind turbines are coming close to the end of their design lifetime, evaluation of end of life strategies is becoming highly relevant. Moreover, as turbine technology matures and wind farms grow larger, lifetime extension becomes a financially attractive option compared to re-powering and decommissioning. Present work suggests control strategies, namely down-regulation and individual blade control, as lifetime extension enablers. The concept of using them as retrofit control
more » ... etrofit control implementations is explained. Their individual and combined potential in fatigue load reduction is evaluated, along with their effect on other performance and pitch system metrics. Finally, the possible period of extension, beyond the nominal 20 years, is evaluated in an example case where the retrofit control strategy is applied after 15 years of baseline operation. The aeroelastic simulations are performed with a 10 MW reference wind turbine, according to load certification standards. Results show that the two methods complement each other in load alleviation. The pitch actuator demands are also significantly decreased when the two methods are combined. 2
doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1102/1/012026 fatcat:zvt3krdrljahvpnb2dyc725ajy