Published: 13 March 2020 13 March 2020
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new version of its FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS) model for wind plant performance optimisation. The latest update combines the new three-dimensional physics of the curl wake steering model with the analytical Gaussian model’s speed.
By combining an approximation of the curl model with the computational efficiency of the Gaussian wake model, the hybrid Gauss-curl model now provides FLORIS users with increased capabilities for optimizing a site’s wind power production. FLORIS, which was co-developed by NREL and the Delft University of Technology, is an open-source platform available for download and collaborative development. Since 2018, more than 2,000 users have accessed the tool to inform turbine operation as well as wind farm design. By optimizing flow control strategies like wake steering, FLORIS enables existing wind energy facilities to improve productivity and increase profits.