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Postdoc in the Field of Wind Farm Control

Research / Academic
Delft

Advanced wind farm control - Wind turbines packed in large offshore wind farms hinder each other by the formation of turbulent wind wakes, which lead to large efficiency losses at downstream turbines. A popular approach suggested in the literature to reduce these losses is by yawing the rotor several tens of degrees away from the incoming wind direction, thereby steering the wake away from the downstream turbine, at the cost of a small loss at the yawed turbine. However, the potency of this method strongly depends on the accuracy of the used wind farm model, which remains to be a large problem in the literature. This research project focuses on the robust controller synthesis for wake steering in modern offshore wind farms. A novel, integrated controller design will simultaneously optimize the wake steering strategy and the layout of the wind turbines in the farm, with real potential to reduce the cost of energy substantially. This work plays an important role in our society's renewable energy transition.

Department

The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Centers' research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in physical imaging systems, renewable energy, robotics and transportation systems.

Requirements:

The successful candidate has the following qualifications:

  • A PhD. degree in systems and control, wind energy, aeroelastics, mechatronics, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, or a related field.
  • Fundamental knowledge in the field of control.
  • The capacity to communicate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders in the application field
  • Good programming skills are a plus: MATLAB, Python, Git
  • Fluency in English
  • An open personality and good communication skills in written and spoken English.

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: €3491-€4402 per month).

Work Hours:

38 hours per week

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