Numerical Computations of Wakes Behind Wind Farms: A tool to study Farm to Farm interaction

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  • Location: E22, Uppsala universitet - Campus Gotland, Cramérgatan 3, Visby
  • Doctoral student: Eriksson, Ola
  • About the dissertation
  • Organiser: Institutionen för geovetenskaper
  • Contact person: Eriksson, Ola
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More and larger wind farms are planned offshore. As the most suitable sites to build are limited these new wind farms will be constructed near to each other in so called wind farm clusters. Behind the wind turbines in these farms there is a disrupted flow of air called a wake that is characterized by reduced wind speed and increased turbulence. These individual turbine wakes combine to form a farm wake that can travel long distances. In wind farm clusters farm to farm interaction will occur, i.e. the long distance wake from one wind farm will impact the wind conditions for other farms in the surrounding area.

This thesis contains numerical studies of these long distance wakes. In these studies Large Eddy Simulations (LES) using an Actuator Disc method (ACD) are used. A prescribed boundary layer is used where the wind shear is introduced using body forces. The turbulence, based on the Mann model, is introduced as fluctuating body forces upstream of the farm. A neutral atmosphere is assumed. The applied method has earlier been used for studies of wake effects inside farms but not for the longer distances needed for the study of farm to farm interaction. Parameter studies are setup to analyze how to best use the model for the study of long distance wakes with regards to 1) numerical and physical parameters in the model, 2) the extension of the domain and turbulence as well as the characteristics of the flow far downstream and 3) the downstream development of turbulence with different combinations of wind shear and turbulence level.

Using an initial simulation setup a wind farm was studied and preliminary results were obtained. These results were subsequently improved upon by applying the simulation setup adjustments indicated in the parameter studies. A comparison with a mesoscale model was also done. The mesoscale model was shown to be relevant for studies of long distance wakes in another study comparing LES and WRF. Finally an idealized farm to farm interaction case was studied with focus on the impact of including the Coriolis force in the simulations.

Combining LES with a mesoscale model is of interest to study further.