ESR 3: Floating Power Plant
Secondments: Aalborg University
Floating Power Plant (FPP) consists of a floating platform supporting a wind turbine and four wave energy absorbing bodies. The device has several advantages when compared with competitors, for instance: safer access, better power quality (less energy production intermittence), higher uptime, broader range of deployment depths, etc.
The wave absorbers of the FPP plant moves inside a chamber with little clearance, resulting in large fluid velocities, large pressure gradients and corresponding numerical complications. There are no off-the-shelf numerical codes available for handling this problem. Since the hydrodynamic forces on the wave absorbers are essential for the global dynamics of the plant, a proper solution to this problem is essential for handling the vibration control problem of the plant. The research in this workpackage will be dedicated to addressing this problem by modification of available Computational Fluid Dynamics or Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics numerical codes. Following the development of a new numerical algorithm, an innovative control algorithm for the FPP will be designed for operational and storm conditions.