The ClusterDesign work programme, scheduled for 54 months, consists of five activities: Modelling, Integration, Validation, Valorisation, and Project Management. Each activity contains one or more Work Packages.

The Activity 1 Modelling includes the modelling activities required as a solid basis for the development of the toolbox for integrated wind cluster design. The modelling activities are covered in four Work Packages:

WP1 Advanced wake modelling,
WP2 Electrical cluster design models,
WP3 Mechanical loads and power performance modelling. and
WP4 Control concepts modelling.

The outputs of the A1 work packages are structured such that they will be suitable for the integration (A2) and validation (A3) activities. All the Work Packages in the modelling Activity start at the beginning of the project, and run through the first two project years.

The Activity 2 Integration contains only one Work Package:

WP5 ToolBox for integrated offshore wind cluster design.

Here, the models are combined by defining appropriate interfaces or merging different models, and integrated together with wind farm cluster control concepts. The final version of the ToolBox will be released after testing and validation.

The Activity 3 Validation is required for linking the models and tools developed in the Activities 1 and 2 with the real world. This activity includes

WP6 Model and tool validation,
WP7 Wind and wind turbine measurements, and
WP8 Cluster control testing.

The validation is foreseen with a large operation offshore wind farm under the control of RWE. Here, the models, tools and control concepts of the Activity 1 are experimentally validated against the measurements and data collected. The validation is based on continuous measurements throughout the project and campaign measurements at selected wind turbines and at a floating LIDAR system. The new methods for wind farm cluster control will be demonstrated with the test wind farm. A validation protocol is defined at the start of the project and a database for measurement results is created. Also the long-term meteorological measurements are launched at the start of the project. All other A3 activities start in the second project year, and run through the third and the fourth project years. This way sufficient time is foreseen to successfully conclude measurements and testing even if some of the activities are delayed.

The Activity 4 Valorisation must ensure that the project will generate the intended impact, that is the resulting models and tools will be made available to the market and applied. In addition, this activity contains dissemination activities for knowledge transfer to the target groups. It contains two Work Packages:

WP9 Guidelines and recommendations, and
WP10 Valorisation.

Design and updates of the project website, publication of scientific papers and organisation of workshops runs throughout the project. During the last project months guidelines and recommendations will be formulated and the final dissemination workshop will be organized. Towards the end of the project, when the toolbox has been sufficiently validated, the project team will draft product specifications and will elaborate commercial solutions.

The Activity 5 Project Management runs over the entire project duration and covers the entire project management. It contains one Work Package:

WP 11: Project management.

Maintaining coherence of the work through the various Activities and Work Packages, and the managing of timely delivery of the required internal and external deliverables is programmed through a rational system of project milestones.