Fraunhofer IWES joins Japanese wind farm design alliance

In: Windfarms
Tsubasa Windfarm Design (TWD), Fraunhofer IWES and Kobe University have teamed up to provide an offshore wind farm design service for Japanese projects.

Fraunhofer IWES is specialised in offshore layout optimisation and has been developing wake models, which take into account atmospheric stability conditions.

Prof. Dr. Teruo Ohsawa from Kobe University has over 15 years' experience using the weather research and forecasting model (WRF) to predict Japan‘s offshore wind conditions. Dr. Ohsawa was also the technical head responsible for the national offshore wind speed map project.

Tsubasa Windfarm Design specialises in complex terrain wind farm design. The company also develops wind data anlaysis software and performs turbine inspection. The company has been providing its services to developers, turbine manufacturers and financial institutions since 2012.

"This collaboration allows us to implement the best methods of wind field variational analysis in space and time on advanced optimization methods",
said Dr. Bernhard Stoevesandt, Head of Department Aerodynamics, CFD and Stochastic Dynamics of Fraunhofer IWES. "Even as the wind conditions are strongly influenced by the land sea transition in many cases, the expected yield in Japan is quite promising“.

The partners have already evaluated wind farm designs for major players in the Japanese market such as Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), SB-Energy and Japan Renewable Energy (JRE).

"It is a great example of how research and industry can work hand in hand to foster future development to produce highly efficient offshore windfarms“,
said Graham Li from TWD.    

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