FLOTATU is a two-year (2020-2022) project funded by the Government of Navarra and coordinated by the company 2-B Energy SL. The aim of the project is the research and design of control strategies specifically aimed at two-bladed downwind floating offshore wind turbines, which allow their safe and optimised operation to achieve a high level of competitiveness in the market.
Currently, three-bladed upwind wind turbines are the most widely used in the wind industry. However, when it comes to large turbines, it has been demonstrated that the two-bladed downwind configuration can play a relevant role for marine environments, where its virtues make it particularly attractive. In this sense, the project will demonstrate the optimised operation of this type of wind turbines on a floating platform and will thus enable considerable cost savings.
The following tasks will be performed within the project:
- Definitions and study of the state of the art.
- Development of control-oriented models.
- Sensitivity analysis.
- Development of control strategies.
- Validation of control strategies.
The FLOTATU project will allow CENER to position itself at the forefront in the area of floating offshore wind turbine control, reaching a higher level of knowledge of this type of systems, which will allow more competitive designs.
* FLOTATU – Project funded by the Government of Navarra. CENER has received 50% co-financed aid from the European Development Fund Regional Program through the ERDF Operational Program 2014-2020 of Navarra.