The following countries with institutes participate in IEA Task 47 Turbinia
- Denmark: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Siemens- Gamesa Renewable Energy
- France: Ecole de Nantes (ECN), ONERA, IFP Energies Nouvelles
- Germany: Forwind/Fraunhofer IWES, University of Stuttgart (IAG), Kiel University of Applied Sciences, WINDnovation, German Aerospace Center DLR, Enercon, UAS Emden/Leer
- Italy: CNR-INM, PoliMi, University of Rome "La Sapienza" University of Rome "Roma Tre" - University of Florence, Politecnico di Bari
- Netherlands: Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), CWI, Delft University of Technology, Suzlon Blade Technology (SBT), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), LM, University of Twente
- Sweden: Uppsala University Campus Gotland
- Switzerland: Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST)
- United States: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
To participate in the research activities of Task 47, researchers must reside in a country that participates in the IEA Wind Agreement AND has agreed by official letter to participate in Task 47. The participating member country of the IEA Wind TCP must designate a lead institution that agrees to the obligations of Task participation (pay the annual fee and agree to perform specified parts of the work plan).
Active researchers (performing part of the work plan) benefit from meetings and professional exchange during the term of the Task. In the particular case of IEA Task 47, the measurement results will, where possible, be shared with the consortium so that partners get first-hand information from unique new data. Countries participating in the Task benefit from the information developed by the Task. The value of the research performed is many times the cost of the country participation fee or the labor contributed to carrying out the work plan.
The Task 47 begin date is January 1st, 2021 after which it will run for 4 years until December 31st, 2024. Detailed planning of the activities can be found under the tab Work Plan and Objectives but roughly speaking the following main activities can be distinguished:
- Cooperation in new aerodynamic experiments
- Turbulent calculations on the DanAero experiment. A comparison will be made on basis of statistical properties but also on a time series basis where the special emphasis will be put on a consistent comparison between calculations and measurements. The calculations will be done in 2 rounds, the first round will start in 2021
- Calculations on 15 MW RWT, where a mutual comparison of low fidelity results with high fidelity results will be made. This will start with a check on the model description. This check will be finished in 2022 after which the actual calculations are carried out in 2 rounds.
- Eventually, the results of the project will be evaluated and it will lead to recommendations on model improvement and best practices in detailed aerodynamic experiments
More information can be found here.
In 2021 the following main activities will be carried out:
The cooperation between parties that perform detailed aerodynamic measurements will start up. Thereto several meetings with these parties will be organized.
The first calculational round on the DanAero turbine at turbulent conditions will be defined before August 1st, 2021.
The various codes will model the project's IEA 15 MW Reference wind turbine. Thereto preliminary calculations (e.g. thrust curves, power curve, and aero-elastic properties) will be finished on December 31st, 2021. The comparison between model results is expected to form a check on a correct model input.
The planning for the period 2021-2024 still needs to be refined. Roughly speaking the following activities are carried out.
The cooperation between parties that perform detailed aerodynamic experiments will be strengthened. Where possible experimental data are shared within the project group. Best practices for doing detailed aerodynamic experiments are formulated.
Two rounds of calculations will be carried out on the DanAero experiment and the IEA 15 Reference wind turbine. Calculational results from models with a large variety in the level of fidelity and calculational time are compared mutually whereas for the DanAero case a comparison between calculations and measurements is made also on a time-varying basis. The results will be evaluated and recommendations for modelling large wind turbines are formulated.
Why do we need detailed aerodynamic measurements?
Detailed aerodynamic measurements are even an absolute necessity when validating wind turbine design codes since a comparison with conventional measurements of global (rotor) blade loads is far too crude and it does not provide the accuracy of such codes. This is due to the fact that a good agreement between calculated and measured rotor (blade) loads is often caused by compensating errors (e.g. an overprediction at the root can be compensated by an underprediction at the tip or an overprediction in lift can be compensated by an overprediction in drag). In such cases, a comparison with global load measurement yields a good agreement and the very misleading conclusion that the code is accurate. An example is given in the figure from IEA Wind Task 18.
It shows the ratios between the rotor shaft torque calculated by TNO (ECN at that time) in comparison to measurements from the NREL Phase IV experiment as a function of mean wind speed. A ratio of 1 implies a perfect agreement (i.e. the target value). A ratio > 1 implies an overprediction and a ratio < 1 implies an underprediction. The comparison is generally very good with the largest discrepancy being 10% at roughly 13 m/s and discrepancies at other wind speeds which are often 5% or even less. Hence in the conventional case where rotor shaft torque (or power) measurements would be available only, the conclusion is that the code is performing well. However the measurement of pressure distribution at 5 radial positions as available in the NREL experiment offers a much more detailed validation see the following figures,
These figures show the comparison of sectional forces in the normal and tangential direction. It is then very striking to see very large discrepancies (tens of percent) between calculations and measurements in particular at the higher velocities. This shows that the good agreement between calculated and measured rotor shaft torques is a result of compensating errors and the quality of the calculational code was not good at all! This clearly proves that the validation and improvement of aerodynamic models need detailed aerodynamic measurements and cannot be based on global loads.
More information can be found in G. Schepers Engineering models in aerodynamics, PhD thesis, November 27th, 2012, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands https://repository.tudelft.nl/islandora/object/uuid%3A92123c07-cc12-4945-973f-103bd744ec87
What are the specific benefits of the IEA Tasks on aerodynamics?
These shared insights and analyses from the Task partners improved the quality of the various experimental databases after which these databases could be provided as high-level validation material for design codes to a countless number of partners in the IEA Tasks but also to third parties all over the world. This holds for the field measurements taken in IEA Tasks 14/18, the NASA-Ames wind tunnel measurements from Task 20, the Mexico wind tunnel measurements from Task 29, and the DanAero field measurements from Task 29. The resulting knowledge of uncertainties in design calculations from these validations helps designers to assess the validity of their design calculations and allows standardization bodies to recalibrate safety factors in design standards. The measurements also led to fundamental model insights and aerodynamic understanding which clearly supported the improvement of aerodynamic wind turbine models as implemented in design codes. This is illustrated by the proposition from  (i.e. a PhD thesis based on the results of IEA Task 14/18/20 and the first phase of Task 29)
“nowadays there isn’t a designer to find who would dare to design a wind turbine with the very basic aerodynamic modeling as applied in 1980’ [2)]”
More specifically the figure illustrates how knowledge of aerodynamics, together with knowledge of other disciplines, plays a role in assessing the cost of energy.
The Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of wind energy is largely determined by the performance and capital costs, where capital costs are directly related to turbine loading. Both performance and loading are predicted with higher accuracy from the improved aerodynamic models. The cost model of FP7 INNWIND.EU shows that a combination of a 5% increase in energy yield with a 12% decrease in the design loads of the turbine critical components and offshore substructure leads to a 10% LCoE reduction (conservative estimate). It is also important to realize that recommendations on optimal blade design and blade innovations, e.g. the optimal choice of airfoils or application of blade add-ons are important means for reducing the LCoE. These optimizations and innovations can only be successful if the blade aerodynamics is understood.
 Schepers J.G. Engineering models in aerodynamics, PhD thesis, November 27th, 2012, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands
 Van Grol, H.J, Snel, H, Schepers J.G.(1990)European Wind Turbine Benchmark Exercise on Mechanical Loads, WTBE/ML, Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, ECN
Why do we need aerodynamic research on wind turbines?
Moreover, this huge size in itself adds complexity through large blade deflections and the need for thick airfoils which are very difficult to model. Task 47 will overcome these challenges so that these large wind turbines can become a reality indeed as a means to reduce the costs of Energy. Apart from that a thorough understanding of aerodynamics and aero-elastics straightforwardly reduces the Levelized Cost of Energy LCOE due to better load and performance predictions. As a conservative estimate, a 10% reduction in LCOE is possible from better aerodynamic models.
Finally, the remark should be made that the history of wind energy aerodynamic research is still very young (say 30 years). Aerodynamic research in adjacent areas like airplane aerodynamics (or car aerodynamics) has a much longer history (> 100 years), see the figure.
This is not surprising since aerodynamics is a millennium prize problem, i.e. a problem which at the end of the last millennium was believed to be so complex that a significant part of the present millennium will be needed to solve it
 G. Schepers et al Final report of the EU project AVATAR: Aerodynamic modeling of10 MW turbines February 2018, http://www.eera-avatar.eu/publications-results-and-links/
 Schepers, J.G.; van Dorp, P; Verzijlbergh, R.; Jonker, H (2020) Aero-elastic loads on a 10 MW turbine exposed to extreme events selected from a year-long Large-Eddy Simulation over the North Sea Wind Energy Science, https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-2020-1
Why did Task 47 shift focus from field measurements to wind tunnel measurements and now back again to field measurements?
It should also be noted that measurement techniques have progressed in the last decades. This is among others true for the measurement of inflow where modern (LIDAR) measurement techniques give much more detail on the rotor inflow than the mast wind measurements in IEA Tasks 14/18. Moreover partners in the IEA Task work on the development and application of new innovative (pressure) sensors that were not available at the time of IEA Task 14/18.
How is the cooperation with other IEA Tasks ensured?
You use a lot of acronyms, Mexico, New Mexico, Mexnext, what does it all mean?
Mexnext refers to the phases 1 to 3 of IEA Task 29. It should be known that the Mexico and New Mexico project stopped as soon as the measurements were collected and there was no room to dive into the data. Therefore the analysis of data was done in a large cooperative effort within Task 29. As such Mexnext can be read as the follow-up(NEXT) activity of the (New)MEXico experiment.
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