The goal of UPWARDS project is to develop a simulation framework, which will incorporate a more complete description of the wind field, turbine, the support structure, and their interaction in order to better understand the physics of the entire system. The complex wind field will be calculated adding interactions from nearby turbines, waves, terrain, etc.
By using high-performance computing (HPC), the simulation framework will yield more accurate prediction of the forces acting in the system and thus the energy captured by the turbine. In addition, it will better predict acoustic phenomena, and materials' issues related to the turbine blades, etc.
An important part of the project is to evaluate the socio-economic impact and to bring user communities into the project. Altogether, this will improve the process of developing the design and will allow for faster implementation of new and more advanced designs with less environmental impact. It will also improve the accuracy in power production.
The methodologies and key results from the project will be published in open access journals or in the form of freely accessible reports. In addition, an open database containing relevant results and raw data will be set. It will enable other researchers and turbine developers to utilise the results for further studies.