Survey of wind farm control - power and fatigue optimization

Torben Knudsen, Thomas Bak, Mikael Svenstrup

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The main goal of this paper is to establish the present state of the art for wind farm control. The control area that will be focused on is the mechanical/aerodynamic part, which includes the wind turbines, their power production, fatigue and wakes affecting neighbouring wind turbines. The sub-objectives in this area of research are as follows: (i) maximizing the total wind farm power production; (ii) following a reference for the total wind farm active power; and (iii) doing this in a manner that minimizes fatigue loading for the wind turbines in the farm. Each of these sub-objectives is discussed, including the following important control issues: choice of input and output, control method and modelling used for controller design and simulation. The available literature from industry is also considered. Finally, a conclusion is presented discussing the established results, open challenges and necessary research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWind Energy
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1333-1351
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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Published online 9 May 2014 in Wiley Online Library (


  • Wind farm control
  • power optimization
  • wind farm modelling
  • wind farm simulation


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