Special Issue "Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Control Progress and Challenges"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jean-Frederic Charpentier
Guest Editor
Institut de Recherche de l’Ecole Navale (EA 3634 IRENav), French Naval Academy, 29240 Brest, France
Interests: electric machines and drives; marine renewable energy; offshore wind power; naval electrical systems; electrical machine modeling and design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Offshore wind power has grown enormously in recent years. Indeed, experts foresee offshore wind growing by more than 20% each year. Compared to onshore wind power generation, offshore generation has several advantages, such as its environment, where wind is stronger and more consistent than wind on land. Floating wind turbines are a new generation of offshore wind turbines which have recently been proposed to be set up in deeper water instead of classical offshore fixed wind turbines. In fact, floating wind farms will open up completely new growth opportunities. However, this new kind of system introduces new challenges in terms of design, modeling, and control. Offshore wind turbines—especially floating ones—experience considerable structural loads because of the coupled effect of wind and waves, leading to large blade–root and tower–base fatigue loadings. This consequently induces high maintenance and overhaul costs. Moreover, wave- and wind-induced motion of the floating platform lead to a significantly different behavior than fixed offshore systems. In terms of power production quality, it could negatively affect power production if a classical power harnessing strategy is used. Improving the control system and power harnessing strategy for floating offshore wind turbines is thus a key point to reduce the induced motions, therefore allowing power regulation and load reduction. In this context, this Special Issue aims to provide an open platform to share knowledge about floating offshore wind turbine control and modeling challenges. It particularly seeks original contributions regarding ideas, recent developments, or mature control strategies addressing both theoretical and experimental studies.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Benbouzid
Prof. Dr. Jean-Frederic Charpentier
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • floating offshore wind turbines
  • resilient power conversion architecture
  • control
  • modeling
  • load reduction
  • floating platform stability

Published Papers

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