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Title: Offshore Wind Turbines Will Encounter Very Low Atmospheric Turbulence

Abstract

Turbulence governs the development and erosion of wind farm wakes, which can deplete the offshore wind resource. Therefore, an accurate understanding of atmospheric turbulence is required to support the rapid growth of offshore wind energy. Using 13 months of lidar observations off the coast of Massachusetts, we find that offshore wind plants at the site will experience very low turbulence, quantified as lidar turbulence intensity, especially in summer, when the wind flows from the open ocean. Moreover, the lowest turbulence regimes are often associated with large wind veer conditions, which can impact the effectiveness of wake steering solutions.

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1603921
Report Number(s):
[NREL/JA-5000-75312]
Grant/Contract Number:  
[AC36-08GO28308]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 1452]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; turbulence; wind farm wakes; offshore wind

Citation Formats

Bodini, Nicola, Lundquist, Julie, and Kirincich, A. Offshore Wind Turbines Will Encounter Very Low Atmospheric Turbulence. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1452/1/012023.
Bodini, Nicola, Lundquist, Julie, & Kirincich, A. Offshore Wind Turbines Will Encounter Very Low Atmospheric Turbulence. United States. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1452/1/012023.
Bodini, Nicola, Lundquist, Julie, and Kirincich, A. Tue . "Offshore Wind Turbines Will Encounter Very Low Atmospheric Turbulence". United States. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1452/1/012023.
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abstractNote = {Turbulence governs the development and erosion of wind farm wakes, which can deplete the offshore wind resource. Therefore, an accurate understanding of atmospheric turbulence is required to support the rapid growth of offshore wind energy. Using 13 months of lidar observations off the coast of Massachusetts, we find that offshore wind plants at the site will experience very low turbulence, quantified as lidar turbulence intensity, especially in summer, when the wind flows from the open ocean. Moreover, the lowest turbulence regimes are often associated with large wind veer conditions, which can impact the effectiveness of wake steering solutions.},
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year = {2020},
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