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Computer modelling of the UK wind energy resource. Phase 1. Optimisation of the methodology

Technical Report:

Abstract

This report presents the results of the first phase of a programme to estimate the UK wind energy resource. The overall objective of the programme is to provide quantitative resource estimates using a mesoscale (resolution about 1km) numerical model for the prediction of wind flow over complex terrain, in conjunction with digitised terrain data and a range of assumptions about wind turbine performance. Phase I has been aimed at optimisation of a methodology developed in an earlier study, and quantification of the work programme and cost of application to the whole of the UK in Phase II. The approach is based on use of the NOABL wind flow model. The NOABL code has been installed on a suitable computer system. Initialisation strategies for the model have been investigated and a method based on a network of surface meteorological stations recommended. Suitable stations have been chosen and wind data requirements specified. Digitised terrain data for the whole UK have been obtained, and different smoothing strategies investigated. Modelling will be performed on 100 x 100km square regions on a 1km grid, with some complex regions at 2km resolution. The format of the results from Phase II has been specified, and maps of  More>>
Publication Date:
Dec 31, 1992
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
ETSU-WN-7053
Reference Number:
SCA: 170100; PA: GB-93:053192; EDB-94:012169; NTS-94:007874; ERA-19:003467; SN: 93001112918
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1992
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; UNITED KINGDOM; WIND POWER; RESOURCE ASSESSMENT; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; N CODES; VELOCITY; WIND TURBINES; WIND TURBINE ARRAYS; DATA PROCESSING; VALIDATION; WIND; FLOW MODELS; COMPLEX TERRAIN; 170100; RESOURCES AND AVAILABILITY (CLIMATOLOGY)
Sponsoring Organizations:
AEA Environment and Energy, Harwell (United Kingdom)
OSTI ID:
10111861
Research Organizations:
AEA Industrial Technology, Harwell (United Kingdom)
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE94725281; TRN: GB9353192
Availability:
OSTI; NTIS (US Sales Only)
Submitting Site:
GB
Size:
39 p.
Announcement Date:
Jun 30, 2005

Technical Report:

Citation Formats

Burch, S F, and Newton, K. Computer modelling of the UK wind energy resource. Phase 1. Optimisation of the methodology. United Kingdom: N. p., 1992. Web.
Burch, S F, & Newton, K. Computer modelling of the UK wind energy resource. Phase 1. Optimisation of the methodology. United Kingdom.
Burch, S F, and Newton, K. 1992. "Computer modelling of the UK wind energy resource. Phase 1. Optimisation of the methodology." United Kingdom.
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title = {Computer modelling of the UK wind energy resource. Phase 1. Optimisation of the methodology}
author = {Burch, S F, and Newton, K}
abstractNote = {This report presents the results of the first phase of a programme to estimate the UK wind energy resource. The overall objective of the programme is to provide quantitative resource estimates using a mesoscale (resolution about 1km) numerical model for the prediction of wind flow over complex terrain, in conjunction with digitised terrain data and a range of assumptions about wind turbine performance. Phase I has been aimed at optimisation of a methodology developed in an earlier study, and quantification of the work programme and cost of application to the whole of the UK in Phase II. The approach is based on use of the NOABL wind flow model. The NOABL code has been installed on a suitable computer system. Initialisation strategies for the model have been investigated and a method based on a network of surface meteorological stations recommended. Suitable stations have been chosen and wind data requirements specified. Digitised terrain data for the whole UK have been obtained, and different smoothing strategies investigated. Modelling will be performed on 100 x 100km square regions on a 1km grid, with some complex regions at 2km resolution. The format of the results from Phase II has been specified, and maps of annual mean wind speed, energy in the wind and extractable energy will be provided. Results will be calculated for a range of heights and assumed wind turbine characteristics. It is recommended that digital data be provided in IBM PC compatible format, together with display software, to enable other users to access the information directly. A methodology has been specified to enable validation of the results. (12 figures, 3 tables, 15 references). (author)}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1992}
month = {Dec}
}