Mission and Focus Areas of Wind Power Systems

Mission

The mission of the wind power research programme is to conduct leading edge research at an internationally excellent level in the field of the wind power systems; to improve reliability, energy efficiency and cost reduction for future wind power systems and to support the developments of the wind turbine technologies for the industry. We have the following vision:

  • To achieve world class and international excellence
  • To establish and sustain an active research programme with sufficient resources
  • To become a leading international research institution in the core research areas 
  • To be in the forefront internationally within the core areas
  • To be an attractive partner in national and international collaborations
  • To be able to attract high quality candidates for thesis projects and research scholars

Focus Areas

A wind turbine may be divided into a mechanical part and an electrical part as illustrated below. The research programme focuses on the electrical area and also including grid interconnection. The core research activities are: 

Components in wind power systems

The work will facilitate a thorough understanding and make new developments within wind power systems, including: 

  • Generator
  • Gear/generators
  • Power electronic converters
  • System configurations and associated control
  • Protection and communication systems to realise high efficiency, high reliability and low cost modern wind power conversion systems 
Control and monitoring of wind power systems

The aim of this task is to develop reliable data acquisition and advanced signal processing techniques for the condition monitoring of wind turbines. Moreover, this task will develop new control methods for power converters and generators to increase performance, reliability and fulfil the demands of interconnections in both a turbine and a wind farm. 

Simulation and design tools for wind power systems

This development will extend the existing simulation programmes for the wind power system studies, especially the electrical parts. This work will produce models which may be used for electrical power system analysis and for integration with mechanical aeroelastical design tools.

The developed simulation methods and programmes will have the capability of determining the performance of the critical components in wind turbines and in wind power systems, and it may be used for simulation, optimisation and design of the relevant parts in wind turbines and wind power systems. 

Planning, design and optimisation of large scale wind farms

The aim of this research work is to develop algorithms, procedures and methods for cost effective development of large-scale wind farms in future energy systems. Advanced approaches will be adopted to develop the optimisation programme. The main components of the electrical systems of wind farms and key technical specifications are to be used as parameters for optimisation.

The work will produce useful knowledge for optimal planning and design of a large number of wind farms allowing a wind power system planner to examine various options for constructing a wind farm in terms of electrical systems, including the effective use of the newly developed power electronic technologies as well as traditional methodologies. Furthermore, market aspects and energy planning will also be considered. 

Interconnection of wind turbines/farms with power networks

The network integration of wind turbines/farms is a key issue for large-scale use of wind power, and it presents many technical challenges. This programme addresses the technical challenges of interconnection to meet the requirements of utilities, including power quality, system stability and dynamic performance, the coordination of operation, control, protection and communications between wind farms and power systems, etc.

Collaboration Partners

The wind power system research programme collaborates with national and international research groups, institutions in academia as well as industry to achieve the best possible foundation for strategic decisions about research initiatives and to provide students and scholars with a good foundation for conducting leading edge research. The wind power system research programme is closely associated and an active part of:

  • Wind Energy Structures and Technologies (WEST) at Aalborg University
  • Danish Academy Wind Energy (DAWE) at Aalborg University
  • The European Academy Wind Energy (EAWE)
  • The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

Some of the partners are:

  • Energinet.dk
  • Risø DTU
  • kk-electronic
  • ABB
  • Siemens
  • Vestas
  • Siemens Wind Power
  • Dong Energy
  • Vattenfall
  • HEF
  • SEAS-NVE
  • Dansk Energi
  • DTU - Technical University of Denmark

Vacancies within Wind Power Systems

If any, please find the vacancies here: Vacancies at Aalborg University