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Assessing the Stability of Wind Resource and Wind Turbine Operating Conditions

TitleAssessing the Stability of Wind Resource and Wind Turbine Operating Conditions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1452
Pages012084
Abstract / Summary

Wind energy is both a key potential mechanism to reduce climate forcing and a ‘weather-dependent’ energy source. Thus, while wind energy is making an increasing contribution to mitigation of human-induced climate change, climate variability and change have the potential to induce changes in both the average (expected) wind resource, the inter-annual variability in power production and the conditions in which wind turbines will operate. We present simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model conducted at 12 km grid-spacing (resolution) over the eastern USA and use them to quantify the spatiotemporal variability in one aspect of wind turbine operating conditions (extreme wind speeds) and possible changes in the magnitude and interannual variability of expected wind power generation. We also discuss possible approaches that can be applied to assess the differential credibility of model-derived assessment of these properties at different locations using examples drawn from the eastern US.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1452/1/012084
DOI10.1088/1742-6596/1452/1/012084
Journal: Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Year of Publication: 2020
Volume: 1452
Pages: 012084
Publication Date: 01/2020

Wind energy is both a key potential mechanism to reduce climate forcing and a ‘weather-dependent’ energy source. Thus, while wind energy is making an increasing contribution to mitigation of human-induced climate change, climate variability and change have the potential to induce changes in both the average (expected) wind resource, the inter-annual variability in power production and the conditions in which wind turbines will operate. We present simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model conducted at 12 km grid-spacing (resolution) over the eastern USA and use them to quantify the spatiotemporal variability in one aspect of wind turbine operating conditions (extreme wind speeds) and possible changes in the magnitude and interannual variability of expected wind power generation. We also discuss possible approaches that can be applied to assess the differential credibility of model-derived assessment of these properties at different locations using examples drawn from the eastern US.

DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/1452/1/012084
Citation:
Pryor, S, T Shepherd, M Bukovsky, and R Barthelmie.  2020.  "Assessing the Stability of Wind Resource and Wind Turbine Operating Conditions."  Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1452: 012084.  https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1452/1/012084.