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Title: Contributing to Long-term Wind Resource Characterization through Buoy-based Observations of Meteorological and Oceanographic Conditions

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports development of renewable power generation within the U.S. with increasing emphasis on offshore wind energy. This development is currently impeded by a lack of long-term wind observations above the ocean surface at wind turbine rotor plane heights. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) procured two AXYS WindSentinelTM buoys on behalf of DOE to support offshore wind resource assessment. The buoys are available for loan to qualified users according to agency priorities. The Lidar Buoy Loan Program represents an opportunity for organizations with an interest in offshore wind energy to work together with DOE to provide valuable meteorological and oceanographic data to the offshore community that is needed for offshore wind resource characterization. The buoys have already begun to fill observational gaps in offshore winds during long-term deployments off the coasts of Virginia and New Jersey and are scheduled for deployment off the coast of California in 2020. This paper provides an overview of the Lidar Buoy Loan Program, along with highlights of previous deployments, a summary of the upgrades to the lidar systems, and a discussion of the planned activities related to the buoys and the Lidar Buoy Loan Program.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [2]
  1. BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)
  2. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1600713
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-147232
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: OCEANS 2019 MTS/IEEE, October 27-31, 2019, Seattle, WA
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
floating lidar, offshore wind energy, wind resource characterization

Citation Formats

Gorton, Alicia M., Newsom, Rob K., Shaw, William J., and Draher, Jennfier. Contributing to Long-term Wind Resource Characterization through Buoy-based Observations of Meteorological and Oceanographic Conditions. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.23919/OCEANS40490.2019.8962727.
Gorton, Alicia M., Newsom, Rob K., Shaw, William J., & Draher, Jennfier. Contributing to Long-term Wind Resource Characterization through Buoy-based Observations of Meteorological and Oceanographic Conditions. United States. https://doi.org/10.23919/OCEANS40490.2019.8962727
Gorton, Alicia M., Newsom, Rob K., Shaw, William J., and Draher, Jennfier. Mon . "Contributing to Long-term Wind Resource Characterization through Buoy-based Observations of Meteorological and Oceanographic Conditions". United States. https://doi.org/10.23919/OCEANS40490.2019.8962727.
@article{osti_1600713,
title = {Contributing to Long-term Wind Resource Characterization through Buoy-based Observations of Meteorological and Oceanographic Conditions},
author = {Gorton, Alicia M. and Newsom, Rob K. and Shaw, William J. and Draher, Jennfier},
abstractNote = {The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports development of renewable power generation within the U.S. with increasing emphasis on offshore wind energy. This development is currently impeded by a lack of long-term wind observations above the ocean surface at wind turbine rotor plane heights. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) procured two AXYS WindSentinelTM buoys on behalf of DOE to support offshore wind resource assessment. The buoys are available for loan to qualified users according to agency priorities. The Lidar Buoy Loan Program represents an opportunity for organizations with an interest in offshore wind energy to work together with DOE to provide valuable meteorological and oceanographic data to the offshore community that is needed for offshore wind resource characterization. The buoys have already begun to fill observational gaps in offshore winds during long-term deployments off the coasts of Virginia and New Jersey and are scheduled for deployment off the coast of California in 2020. This paper provides an overview of the Lidar Buoy Loan Program, along with highlights of previous deployments, a summary of the upgrades to the lidar systems, and a discussion of the planned activities related to the buoys and the Lidar Buoy Loan Program.},
doi = {10.23919/OCEANS40490.2019.8962727},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1600713}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {12}
}

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