A Scottish renewables company has been appointed by Huaneng Renewables – a Chinese-based renewable energy company – to undertake technical offshore wind energy research assessing the general site conditions of offshore wind projects in China.
The new research will be conducted in partnership with Peiking-based Tsinghua University by Glasgow-based Sgurr Energy.
The study will explore wake model parameters aiming to improve wake model performance during the pre-construction assessment phase of wind farm projects and examine site conditions and their impact on wind turbine performance and availability.
The results of the research will allow developers to choose more suitable site locations and, as a result, improve overall wind farm performance.
Sgurr Energy, part of the Wood Group international oil and gas services company – was appointed to Huaneng’s offshore wind research programme in December 2014. The programme came as a result of a Chinese government drive to build technical knowledge in a number of key areas for the fast growing offshore wind market. These areas include assessment of submarine topography and geological conditions, wind farm generator capacity and site accessibility issues.
James Wu, Director of Technical Services with Sgurr Energy in China, said: “We are delighted to be part of this important offshore wind research project with two highly respected organisations. Our work with Tsinghua University and Huaneng Renewables will offer new insight into an important area for offshore wind and we look forward to sharing the results of this study.”
Huaneng Renewables’ Dr Guo, Project Manager, said: “We consider this research project to be of upmost importance to Huaneng Renewables. Offshore wind research is an exciting new area of study in China and we look forward to the findings, with the help of Sgurr Energy and Tsinghua University, which will increase industry knowledge considerably in China.”