Wang, Hao

Offshore Wind Farm Optimization and Control

PhD period: 2017.03.01 – 2020.02.29.
Section: Electric Power Systems
Research Programme: Wind Power Systems
Supervisor: Weihao Hu
Co-Supervisor: Zhe Chen
Contact Information

Collaborator: To be announced later.
Funding: Scholarship from the Department of Energy Technology.


Offshore wind farm shows its benefit on higher wind energy resources’ density. There will be a significant penetration of offshore wind power plants (OWPPs) in the future. However, the cost for electrical collection systems has taken a significant proportion in the offshore wind farm investment. Therefore, it is necessary to take the cost of electrical systems into consideration within the process of design and planning of offshore wind farms. Besides, for offshore wind farm, the optimal distribution of reactive power within an offshore is also important to realize economic operation and improve power quality.

The PhD project aims to improve the electrical system design methods and the reactive power dispatch strategies of wind farm. A design program will be developed.

The main objectives of the project are

•   Built mathematical models of the layout of wind farm.

•   Development of method and procedure to optimize the wind farm electrical system layout.

•   Minimize the total loss of wind farm by optimal dispatch of reactive power inside the wind turbines.

•   Test platforms will be built in MATLAB and in existing software, like SimWindFarm and SOWFA.

•   Validate the proposed prototype and coordination control strategies using the simulation platform and experimental tests in the lab.


Publications in journals and conference papers may be found at VBN.