In the last decades, the electrical generation from wind has been steady growing following a continuous technological trend aiming at minimizing the cost of energy. In these years, several industrial and public projects have been funded to improve the understanding of the physics and the simulation tools of the wind energy conversion process both for a single wind turbine and also for wind farms. Among these projects, wind tunnel testing played an important role, working in synergy with numerical simulations as well as with full tests on the field.
Thanks to long-term in-house expertise in building high fidelity and target-oriented wind scaled models, the GVPM has been carrying out a wide variety of wind tunnel tests with different goals, starting from the aerodynamic performance of a single machine to the wake interaction analysis for offshore floating wind farms.
Internationally recognized research projects in this specific field have supported the design of experiments, the tests themselves and data interpretation, making GVPM an effective international scientific reference for wind energy experiments.
Consistently, GVPM offers the following capabilities, regarding both atmospheric boundary layer and low turbulence test sections:
- Design of wind turbine scaled models
- Blade airfoil aerodynamics
- Wind turbine aerodynamics and aeroelasticity
- Control of wind turbines and related technology (such as wind/wake observers)
- Wind farm assessment and control
- Performance assessment in specific wind sites (e.g. reproducing orography and turbulence/boundary layer flow)
- Floating offshore wind turbine tests
- Advanced Hardware in the Loop (HIL) simulations for offshore wind turbine tests