Aquanis will develop a controllable trailing edge flap for wind turbine blades using dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators with no mechanical components or moving parts. The actuators control the airflow’s shape and speed as it passes over the blade, enabling turbines to react quickly to changes in the wind and limiting peak blade bending or tip deflections. As a result, designers will be able to employ longer blades without adding structural reinforcement. The new plasma actuators will also pave the way for using control co-design techniques to find wind energy solutions with a much lower LCOE.
Increased wind power penetration in the grid energy market will lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce water consumption.