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Hierarchical Control Co-Design for the Development of Floating Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines

The objective of this project is the development of a hierarchical control co-design (H-CCD)
formulation, specifically applied to the floating vertical-axis wind turbine (FloatVAWT) system
design as a strategy to enable achievement of aggressive LCOE targets. Vertical-axis wind
turbines (VAWTs) have significant potential in achieving low-cost floating offshore wind turbine
(FOWT) systems based on their inherent characteristics favorable to the marine environment
because they have lower vertical centers of gravity and aerodynamic pressure, demanding
smaller and less expensive floating platforms.

Related Publications and Presentations

  • Yong Hoon Lee, Sung Youn Boo and James T. Allison, “A framework for integrating hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, and rigid-body dynamics for the control co-design of floating offshore vertical-axis wind turbine systems”, in Wind Energy Science Conference, 2021, pp. 9.80.
  • Chandler S. Cain, Yong Hoon Lee, “Hydro-structural design exploration of floating platform for offshore energy systems”, in ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), IMECE2023-112479, 2023, pp. 1-8.