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Chair of Management Accounting and Control
TOpWind

TOpWind

Technological and economic assessment of the application of active flow control to Optimize the wind harvesting capacity of Wind power plants

'TOpWind' is a joint research project within the 6th energy research project "Forschung für eine umweltschonende, zuverlässige und bezahlbare Energieversorgung" which is being worked on in close cooperation between research institutions, university professorships, industrial companies and SMEs. Besides Chemnitz University of Technology, the consortium consists of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, ALTRAN Deutschland SAS & Co. KG, INVENT GmbH, IBK Innovation GmbH & Co. KG, various institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V. and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

The project aims at the development of concepts and technologies for optimizing the efficiency, reliability and profitability of wind turbines. In particular, the focus is on developing technical solutions to increase the efficiency of wind turbines and to minimize structural loads. This is to be achieved by actively influencing the flows around the rotor blade of the wind turbine on the basis of novel structure-integrated fluidic actuators, which allow an adaptation of the aerodynamics. Essential components of these developments are both novel actuator and control concepts as well as innovative strategies for integrating the actuators and additionally required components, such as electronics and sensors.

Within the project, the professorship of Management Accounting and Control is especially in charge of analyzing the economic benefits of the developed technologies and the resulting wind turbine system by development concurrent and final assessments in order to support the achievement of the targeted innovation success. This task comprises the following key activities:

  • Development and application of an evaluation concept and methodologies for Life Cycle Profit Modeling, Analysis and Forecasting
  • Development and application of a concept for the management of innovation success, which includes Life Cycle Target Costing as well as approaches of business model development and simulation
  • Development and application of a methodology for the analysis and mitigation of economic risks

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