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Improved Evaluation of The Wind Power Potential of a Large Offshore Wind Farm Using Four Analytical Wake Models

1Faculty of Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco

2Mohammadia School of Engineers, Mohammed Vth University in Rabat, Morocco

3National School of Applied Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco

Received: 5 May 2021; Revised: 19 Jul 2021; Accepted: 30 Aug 2021; Available online: 10 Sep 2021; Published: 1 Feb 2022.
Editor(s): H Hadiyanto
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The objective of this paper is to investigate the ability of analytical wake models to estimate the wake effects between wind turbines (WTs). The interaction of multiple wakes reduces the total power output produced by a large offshore wind farm (LOFWF). This power loss is due to the effect of turbine spacing (WTS), if the WTs are too close, the power loss is very significant. Therefore, the optimization of turbine positions within the offshore wind farm requires an understanding of the interaction of wakes inside the wind farm. To better understand the wake effect, the Horns Rev 1 offshore wind farm has been studied with four wake models, Jensen, Larsen, Ishihara, and Frandsen. A comparative study of the wake models has been performed in several situations and configurations, single and multiple wakes are taken into consideration. Results from the Horns Rev1 offshore wind farm case have  been evaluated and compared to observational data, and also  with the previous studies. The power output of a row of WTs is sensitive to the wind direction. For example, if a row of ten turbines is aligned with the 270° wind direction, the full wake condition of WTs is reached and the power deficit limit predicted by Jensen model exceeds 70%. When a wind direction changes only of  10° (260° and 280°), the deficit limit reduces to 30%. The obtained results show that a significant power deficit occurs when the turbines are arranged in an aligned manner. The findings also showed that all four models gave acceptable predictions of the total power output. The comparison between the calculated and reported power output of Horns Revs 1 showed that the differences ranged from - 8.27 MW (12.49%) to 15.27 MW (23.06%) for the Larsen and Frandsen models, respectively.

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Keywords: Offshore wind farm; Wind turbine; Wake model; velocity deficit; wind speed; wind direction

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