Solute participates in the "First International Workshop of Wind Farms" in Cuba

Solute, invited by the National Union of Arquitects and Engineers of Building of Cuba (UNAICC) and the Study Center of Renewable Energetic Technologies (CETER), and in collaboration with Cuban professionals of the wind industry, will participate in the First International Workshop of Planning, Development and Operation of Wind Farms in Cuba. The event will take place in La Habana and will be performed the 31st of March and the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd and the 4th of April. It will deal all the stages involved in the conception, development, operation and maintenance of wind farms. The workshop is divided in five themes:


1. Wind resource, technology, wind farm planning and project development

• Wind resource characteristics: nature, complexities and limitations
• Wind potential. Power available in the wind. Usable power. Betz limit. Wind Turbine power curve. Calculation of Annual Energy Production.
• Spatial and temporal variations of the wind. Temporal scales of wind variations. Turbulence. Turbulence intensity. Extreme winds gusts. Vertical wind profile and influence parameters.

2. Wind measurement campaigns and data processing

• Previous processing. Pre-feasibility studies. Site selection. Selection of met-mast tower. Type of associated equipment. Instrument selection.
• Wind measurement campaigns. Sensor location. Frequency and duration of the measurements.
• Data processing. Software tools. Statistical calculations, distributions, wind rose, site assessment
• New technologies for measuring the wind resource. Sodar, Lidar.

3. Technology for wind resource exploitation

• General overview of concepts. Operation principles. Types and classes of wind turbine generators. General characteristics. Description of main components.
• Wind Turbine Generator Functioning.
• Power modulation. Drive train, common typologies. Generators.

4. Planning and Development of wind farms

• Initial stage. Final selection of the site. Data reception of the measurement campaign. Initial selection of the wind turbine. Planning of the lay out of the wind turbines in the wind farm. Software tools. Wind farm modeling.
• Micrositing. Optimization of the lay out of the wind turbines in wind farms. Energetic production calculation. Environmental assessment (noise, flicker and shadows calculations). Long term estimation.
• Wind farm design. Geotechnical study. Study of transports. Installation studies . Permits. Foundations design. Internal ways. Electrical design, trenches, substation,grid connection. Converters. Control systems.  Tower types.
• Mechanical loads in wind turbines. General description of the most usual types of loads. Seismic loads. Applicable regulation.

5. Feasibility, construction and operation of wind farms

• Stages in the development and processing of a wind farm. Economic factors in a wind farm: factors related with wind resource, with the wind turbine, the site and environmental .
• Wind farm construction. Structural calculation. Design foundation calculation. Wind farm operation.
• Costs and incomes of a wind farm. Feasibility analysis.
• Contract issues. Maintenance contracts. Power curve guarantee. Commercial and technical availability. Guarantee of availability. PPA.

In this way, Solute shows once more its compromise with the development of the wind energy, the training as a relevant activity of the company, and strengthens his position as a consulting engineering of worldwide reference.

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