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Department of control engineering and system analysis

The research activities of the SAAS group are essentially oriented in two directions:
- Supervision and fault diagnosis of technical systems based on mathematical models
- Advanced control of nonlinear dynamic system subject to constraints, with emphasis on reference governor methods
The developed methods are applied to a wide range of areas including:
- Electric energy production, distribution and storage
- Mechatronics (UAVs and robotics)
- Industrial processes


Optimal power dispatching in offshore wind farms ensuring power reserve for frequency control and load mitigation (PhairywinD)

This research project is part of the  Belgian PhairywinD project, which aims to develop the current and the future offshore wind farms in a multi-disciplinary framework. The ability to participate in the frequency regulation and provide ancillary services to the TSO (Transmission System Operator) is one of the present offshore wind farm challenges. The goal of this research is to further investigate how wind farms can achieve this goal at best by taking into account wake effects, load mitigation and active power reserve in the dispatching of the active power set points to the turbines. The control strategy will be based on the following modules : a module estimating the total power available in the immediate future, a module deducing the plant wide power reserve needed to ensure proper frequency regulation, and a module performing the optimal power dispatching.  The developed control strategy will be implemented and validated in simulation using software like and SOWFA.