Ensemble Kalman filtering for wind field estimation in wind farms

Bart Doekemeijer, Sjoerd Boersma, L.Y. Pao, Jan-Willem van Wingerden

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Currently, wind farms typically rely on greedy control, in which the individual turbine's structural loading and power are optimized. However, this often appears suboptimal for the whole wind farm. A promising solution is closed-loop wind farm control using state feedback algorithms employing a dynamic model of the flow. This control method is a novelty in wind farms, and has potential to provide a temporally optimal control policy accounting for time-varying inflow conditions and unmodeled dynamics, both often neglected in current methods. An essential building block for state feedback control is a state estimator (observer) that reconstructs the system states for the dynamic model using a small number of measurements. As computational efficiency is critical in real-time control, lower-fidelity models are proposed to be used. In this work, WindFarmObserver (WFObs) is introduced, which is a state estimator relying on the WindFarmSimulator (WFSim) model and an Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF). The states of WFSim form the two-dimensional flow field in a wind farm at hub height. WFObs is tested in a two-turbine setup using a high-fidelity simulation model. With a realistic sensor setup where only 1.1% of the to-be-estimated states are measured, WFObs reduces the RMS error by 21% compared to open-loop simulation of WFSim, at a low computational cost of 0.76 s per timestep, a factor 102 faster than the common Extended Kalman Filter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 American Control Conference (ACC 2017)
EditorsJing Sun, Zhong-Ping Jiang
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-5992-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-4583-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 24 May 201726 May 2017


Conference2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017
Abbreviated titleACC 2017
CountryUnited States

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