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Derating a single wind farm turbine for reducing its wake and fatigue

Astrian, David; Eguinoa, Irene; Knudsen, Torben

Derating of individual turbines is one of the options to implement wind farm performance optimization, although there are different ways to proceed with such derating at the turbine control level. The present paper develops an option based on the minimal thrust coefficient in accordance with the Cp and C t contour levels. This strategy is compared for the region below rated wind speed with two other strategies where either the pitch or the tip speed ratio are maintained at their maximum C p values from normal operation. The study concludes that maintaining the pitch at the optimal value from normal operation produces poorer performance from the thrust and the loads perspective. Practical implementation issues have also been detected.

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