IFPEN’s ocean energy research is conducted within the context of an excellence network including industrial and academic partners:
- the ANCRE alliance,
- the International Energy Agency’s Technological Cooperation Program, IEA Wind, in which IFPEN represents France on the Executive Committee.
What is IEA Wind TCP?
Under the patronage of the International Energy Agency, the wind technology collaboration program (IEA Wind TCP) pools the efforts of the sector’s players in member states. It coordinates research activities aimed at overcoming the various obstacles that could hamper the large-scale development of the sector, offers guidance on best practices and provides researchers and industry with a platform for exchange. An annual report is published detailing the latest advances on the theme. This report can be downloaded from the IEA Wind TCP website.
ANR MOMENTA project
The three-year MOMENTA (farM rOtor ModEl accouNting aTmospheric wAke turbulence) project, subsidized by the French National Research Agency (ANR), is aimed at improving knowledge of turbulence phenomena around wind turbines.
Coordinated by the Hydrodynamics, Energy and Atmospheric Environment Research Laboratory run by Centrale Nantes engineering school and the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) (LHEEA), MOMENTA is being conducted in partnership with two other academic institutions: the Laboratoire d’Aérologie (French Aerology Laboratory) operated by Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III University and the CNRS, and PRISME, the Multidisciplinary Mechanical Systems Engineering Research Laboratory, which is run by INSA (French National Institute of Applied Sciences)-Centre Val de Loire and Orléans University. VALEMO, which specializes in renewable energy facilities, is also actively involved alongside IFPEN, whose contribution is hinged around its wind turbine design and simulation expertise.
MOMENTA makes it possible to better predict the aeroelastic loads that the wake from one turbine generates for the next, so that these loads can be better incorporated during the wind farm design phase. To achieve this objective, the MOMENTA project teams begin by conducting wake turbulence measurements around a wind turbine using a drone. Proposed improvements are then implemented and tested in the DeepLines WindTM software tool developed by IFPEN in partnership with Principia. This solver was notably used for the design of the Provence Grand Large wind farm in partnership with SBM Offshore, for the Hywind floating system project developed by Equinor in Scotland and for a double turbine system project on behalf of Hexicon.
The ultimate objective is to optimize the configuration of wind farms arranged in closely spaced rows, in terms of energy efficiency and load reduction.
EoCoE 2, European center of excellence dedicated to energy
The purpose of the EoCoE (Energy Oriented Center of Excellence) is to develop and apply cutting-edge computational methods in the field of the energy transition at a European level.
Coordinated by the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), EoCoE-II is led with 16 other European, industrial and academic partners.
The project aims to use high-performance computing (HPC) to address scientific challenges in terms of modeling and design in five key energy transition sectors: wind power, weather forecasting, new materials for photovoltaic cells, batteries and supercapacitors, water (geothermal energy and hydroelectricity) and fusion. The other objective is to build a sustainable European infrastructure to coordinate the deployment of HPC for energy. IFPEN’s teams will primarily be responsible for wind turbine simulation using the most up-to-date HPC resources.
Supporting the transition to clean, low-carbon energy, EoCoE secured additional funding in 2019, amounting to €8.5 million for three years from the European Commission.
* BSC, Cerfacs, Ciemat, CNR, CNRS, DDN, Enea, FAU, Fraunhofer, FZJ, Inria, MPG, PSNC, UBAH, ULB, UNITN
ANR SmartEole project
Increased productivity and reduced maintenance costs are major levers for the development of wind energy. Within the framework of the ANR SmartEole project, IFPEN is fine-tuning and testing innovative software solutions aimed at addressing these two challenges.
« This project, concluded in 2019, has a double benefit for our research:
- firstly, it has generated experimental data allowing us to develop and validate our WiSE Wind Field software, which reconstructs the wind field from raw lidar data,
- secondly, thanks to adapted wind turbine tower and nacelle instrumentation, we have acquired a better understanding of a wind turbine’s vibration behavior. This allows us to develop a numerical model aimed at validating our WISE Control software, dedicated to the orientation of the blades and nacelle depending on the wind. This marks the first step towards the use of a “digital twin” to test control and advanced diagnostics strategies. »
Fabrice Guillemin, Wind Turbine Control project manager, IFPEN