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About FLOW

48

months

10

partners

7

countries
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€6M

EC funding
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Our mission

Develop new and innovative prediction methods for production statistics and load.performance of modern offshore and onshore wind energy systems

Our objectives

  • Develop new engineering models parametrizing wind physics and turbulence at higher altitudes.

  • Predict, through models, the production and loads of modern GW-scale and 400-m tall wind energy systems with high confidence both onshore and offshore.

  • Validate the models with an unprecedented amount of data, reduce the errors of the predictions, and quantify the uncertainty.

Our Background

The EU's goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050 requires a strong investment in renewable technologies, with an expectation of 300 GW of installed offshore wind energy capacity and up to 760 GW for onshore wind.

To meet these challenges, wind turbine manufacturers are building even larger turbines, some up to 400-m height and 30MW. However, these XXL turbines operate in uncharted atmospheric conditions for which current engineering design models are inadequate.

The FLOW project will enhance the physical understanding and engineering modelling capability of the higher parts of the atmosphere where these large rotors will operate, thus reducing uncertainties and increasing productivity and power production of wind energy projects.

FLOW provides a critical missing link for faster and cheaper deployment of wind energy in Europe to achieve climate-neutrality objectives.

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Our Sibling Projects

Our sibling projects Aire and Meridional, also funded under HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03 call.
AIRE sibling project of FLOW project

AIRE project works to improve efficiency of the wind energy sector by studying wind flows at different altitudes and weather conditions, providing better design, durability and performance of the wind turbines and farms.

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MERIDIONAL sibling project of FLOW project

MERIDIONAL provides a comprehensively validated toolchain based on an open source Platform, which draws on an integrated knowledge and data hub to allow the efficient and accurate assessment of the performance and loads experienced by onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy system

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