Iberdrola has completed the Syserwind demo project to optimise the connection between wind farms and electricity transmission grids.
The project was carried out in collaboration with Gamesa, Red Eléctrica de España and the University of Comillas's Institute for Technological Research.
The project created new power-frequency and voltage control equipment and systems at 15 of Iberdrola's wind farms in Andalusia, Spain, with a total installed capacity of more than 480MW.
Iberdrola said the wind farms are connected to three nodes in the 400kV transmission grid, operated by REE, and were equipped with the systems development in the Syserwind project, allowing coordinated work on controlling the power generated by the facilities and altering the voltage in the grid.
The project was one of six full-scale demo projects carried out under the European programme Twenties.
The research project intends to further develop new technologies that will enable for the mass-scale inclusion of wind power in the European electricity system, in order to meet the European Union's environmental targets.
Iberdrola said the results obtained in the Syserwind project contribute towards the ongoing enhancement of wind power, a form of renewable technology to which the company has been committed from the outset; both in regards to R&D&I and the commissioning of facilities, which already have a combined capacity of approximately 14,000MW globally.
The company is currently involved in the most important R&D&I initiatives in the sector, connected to both onshore and offshore wind power, in addition to other renewable generation technologies like wind, tidal, biomass or biogas systems.
Image: Wind power El Marquesado (Granada). Photo: courtesy of Iberdrola.