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Power performance measurements of electricity producing wind turbines - Thesis Project at WindEurope 2018

Power performance measurements of electricity producing wind turbines - Thesis Project at WindEurope 2018

by Vanessa Zeron, Honduras (PPRE2016-18)

Recently, I had the opportunity to present the results of my thesis project as a poster presentation in the WindEurope Conference held from September 25th-28th in Hamburg. This project was developed at ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) under the name “Power performance testing according to IEC 61400-12-1 edition 2, 2017: Comparing the four methods”. Additionally, I had the chance to submit a paper that has been published in the online conference proceedings. To achieve this, I had the constant support from my supervisor at ECN, Dr. Jan Willem Wagenaar, and my university supervisor, Dr. Matthias Wächter, who are also co-authors of the poster and paper.

My research focuses on the comparison of the four different power performance analysis methods as specified in the recently issued IEC 61400-12-1 edition 2, 2017 standard on “Power performance measurements of electricity producing wind turbines”. These methods include various combinations of meteorological mast and/or remote sensing device (RSD) measurements with the aim to explicitly incorporate the wind shear and wind veer across a wind turbine's rotor plane, to address the continuous increase in the rotor’s diameter. Also, this standard introduces for the first time the use of RSDs for power curve testing. The differences between these four methods are analyzed in terms of the power curve, the Annual Energy Production (AEP) and their uncertainty contributions.

During the day I was present at the conference, it was very gratifying to see that there were quite some people interested in my poster, who approached me with questions and feedback. Furthermore, I was able to do networking and meet people from different countries involved in the wind industry. Overall, this was a very rewarding personal and professional experience, a memorable one indeed!

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