National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers recently released an update to their control-oriented engineering wake model code, FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS). Described as a "living code" by Paul Fleming, an NREL researcher and the project's principal investigator, FLORIS is designed to enable wind farm developers to design controllers and estimate their impact on annual energy production. The code is available on Github.
Now in an open-source framework, FLORIS allows users to suggest or contribute future improvements. "Our intention is to spur collaboration," says Fleming. "As we learn more about wake modelling and predicting how wind farm controls impact the wakes, those models will appear in FLORIS."
Developed in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology, FLORIS:
FLORIS offers an object-oriented, modular framework that provides a standard method for improving existing models and adding new models for developers. For those interested in using-but not developing-FLORIS, installing and executing the software has been simplified and documented.
If you'd like to receive periodic updates on FLORIS, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details on using or contributing to the FLORIS open-source framework, please contact Paul Fleming (email@example.com), Jennifer Annoni (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Rafael Mudafort (email@example.com), and view the documentation at http://floris.readthedocs.io.