Wind Energy Research
The Wind Energy Group at Durham University is recognised as a leading academic wind energy research group in UK and globally, particularly within offshore wind energy.
The UK now has more offshore wind installed capacity than any other country in the world and our research is helping to ensure this sector is efficient and cost effective.
Our research spans all aspects of wind energy from the design of turbine blades and foundations, cable installation, power electronics, the reliability and condition monitoring of wind turbines, how turbines interact within wind fields and with the environment, as well as the wider supply chain and regulatory contexts of wind farms.
The research group involves researchers from several of the University’s Departments including Engineering, Business School, Computer Science and Social Sciences.
The University has a long-standing strategic partnership with the leading Offshore Wind Developer in the world – Ørsted. The Company has funded a Chair in Renewable Energy based in the Engineering Department since 2011.
Key areas of research:
Operations and Maintenance
|Structures and Geotechnics||
|•Reliability Analysis||•Foundations and Anchors||•Reliability Modelling|
|•Condition Monitoring||•Seabed Ploughing||•Array Connection Topologies|
|•O&M optimisation||•Blade Fatigue Testing||•Power Electronics|
|•Data Mining||•Prototype Turbine Geometries||
•Integration and interaction with power
grid and energy storage
Aerodynamics and Control
Supply chain and Regulation
|•Blade Design and testing||•Supply chain management|
|•Aerodynamics and Wind Tunnel testing||•International offshore / marine law|
|•Wind Farm Control and optimisation|
Featured Research Projects
A multi-disciplinary project led by the University of Manchester with universities Durham, Warwick, Strathclyde, and Herriot-Watt as academic partners and wind energy sector partners such as ORE Catapult, The Crown Estate, and SP Energy Networks. The project’s aim is to develop a holistic approach toward the problem of operation and maintenance in future offshore wind farms with turbines exceeding 10 MWs in range. As part of this project, Durham University has been responsible for developing new stochastic simulation models for operational simulation of wind farms and uncertainty quantification of data for purposes of reliability and economic evaluation of operation of wind farms. (Project webpage: http://homeoffshore.org ). Prof Tavner is the Advisory Board Chair for HOME.
- Durham University is the innovation lead for the North East Offshore Wind Energy Cluster.
Durham Researchers led Phases 1 & 2 of the highly successful EPSRC Supergen Wind Consortiumproject involving 9 universities and research institutes. This project successfully re-established a world leading UK academic community in Wind Energy research starting from 2006. In the Phase 3 Supergen Wind Hub Durham University was also on the Management and Executive Committees.
Watch a presentation by Dr Christopher Crabtree on Durham University Research within Supergen Wind
Selected Wind Publications
- Science Innovation Audit Offshore Energy
- Roadmap of UK based test facilities for wind technologies
- Condition Monitoring of Rotating Electrical Machines
- Optimisation of Large Offshore Wind Farm Layout Considering System Reliability and Cost
- Simplified Automatic Fault Detection in Wind Turbine Induction Generators.
- Wave & Tidal Generation Devices, Reliability & Availability
- UK Wind Energy Technologies
- Validation of a non-contact technique for torque measurements in wind turbines using an enhanced transient FSV approach
- A decision framework to mitigate supply chain risks : an application in the off shore-wind industry.