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Flight Leader Concept for Wind Farm Load Counting: First offshore implementation
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ECN Wind Energy 28-8-2009
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ECN-M--09-114 Conference Paper
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Presented at: OWEMES 2009 Conference, Brindisi, Italy, 21-23 mei 2009.

ECN has developed a demo version of the Flight Leader model, which is based on a concept with which the accumulated mechanical loading of all turbines in an offshore wind farm can be estimated at acceptable costs. This information can be used to optimise and lower the cost of Operation & Maintenance O&M), for example by prioritising inspections and replacements. In this paper the background and general concept of the Flight Leader model are presented. Furthermore, the results of the evaluation (using data from ECN’s wind farm EWTW) of the accuracy and reliability of the Flight Leader software are discussed. Finally the first results of the Flight Leader software, implemented at an offshore wind farm, are presented.

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