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Andre Begin-Drolet, Laval University: Towards Improving Wind Energy in Cold Climates: How to Quantify the Use of Alternative Operations Strategies
The share of wind energy in cold climate represents ~30% of the actual onshore installed capacity. In eastern Canada where the icing season span roughly from mid-September to early May, ice related losses can reach a substantial percentage of the annual energy production, thus leading to important financial losses for operators. To cope with this problem, Alternative Operations Strategies (blade heating, icephobic coatings, operation with ice, early stopping, …) are now being try and implemented by many operators and researchers. However, there is a need to develop methodologies to assess the performances of such systems. Hence, new metrics are proposed to quantify the performance of alternative operational strategies.