Multi-Technology Offshore Wind Power Systems: control and dynamic performance assessment

  • Supervisors:   Dr Olimpo Anaya-Lara (University of Strathlcyde), Prof. BIll Leithead (University of Strathclyde), Prof. Enrique Acha (University of Glasgow)
  • Sponsoring Company: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • PhD Student: Kamila Nieradzinska

The main focus of this research is to study the use of VSC-HVDC transmission to transfer offshore wind power over long distances and interconnect them to onshore grids. This research also aims to design enhanced control strategies for future multi-technology offshore wind power systems to facilitate Grid Code compliance (fault-ride through capability, power quality and provision of dynamic voltage and frequency support to the onshore power networks).  An outcome of the project will be a set of recommendations/guidelines that can be used by the wind energy sector in the design of technology and control approaches of offshore wind power systems.

The project will have close interaction with DNV in defining offshore network boundaries, and benefit from complementary research work conducted by the Supervision Team under the UK SUPERGEN Wind Programme, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Wind Energy Systems, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) offshore wind research, and the Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology (NOWITECH).

The research being conducted includes various disciplines such as power system analysis, power electronic converters, classic and advanced control techniques, and power systems modelling tools. It is anticipated that the project will contribute significantly to the advance of scientific and technological knowledge of electrical power system for offshore wind farms.