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Wind power cluster management

The pooling of several large wind farms into clusters in a GW range provides new options for optimising the integration of variable output generation into electricity supply systems. Concepts for cluster management include the aggregation of geographically dispersed wind farms, according to various criteria, for optimised network management and (conventional) generation scheduling. The clusters will be operated and controlled in the same way as large conventional power plants.

The implementation of these operating methods will significantly increase wind energy’s economic value to the system, by keeping additional costs for balancing to a minimum. Based on innovative wind farm operational control, a control unit between system operators and wind farm clusters (so-called Wind Farm Cluster Management WFCM) will enable a profile-based generation. WFCM combines and adjusts wind plant control systems, based on forecasts, operating data, online-acquired power output and defaults from system operators.

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