Offshore design optimisation project off the starting blocks

Spain's renewable energy centre hosts first meeting of 2013

The first meeting of 2013 of a pan-European project to develop software tools for the optimised design of offshore wind farms took place last week at Spain’s renewable energy centre, Cener.

Over three days, 27 participants updated the seven work streams and held discussions on critical aspects of the project. Cener leads the project’s work stream on the prediction of energy yields from offshore wind farm clusters.

The EERA-DTOC project aims to create an easy to use and flexible tool that will help optimise the design of individual projects and offshore wind farm clusters. It involves experts from 22 organisations across Europe.

The project is funded by the EU under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and coordinated by the Technical University of Denmark - DTU Wind Energy.

The next official meeting – and the project’s first workshop - will take place on 6 June in the UK. Some presentations will be given at EWEA 2013 in Vienna next month.

The project is due to be completed in 2015.

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