Wind Energy Services
The Atmospheric Studies Group at TRC provides a full range of meteorological
consulting services for the wind energy industry. TRC scientists have extensive
experience with mesoscale meteorological modeling, diagnostic modeling and model
development, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling, meteorological data analysis,
climatological studies, and real-time numerical weather prediction.
High-Resolution Wind Mapping
TRC employs mesoscale models, such as MM5 with Four Dimensional Data Assimilation,
coupled with the CALMET diagnostic model in order to produce site specific
fine-scale wind data useful in wind resource assessment studies. The MM5 model is
a community mesoscale model that has been tested and validated for a wide
range of applications and geographic regions. The coupled CALMET and MM5 models can
offer an independent refined approach to wind resource mapping for evaluating potential
wind energy sites.
TRC scientists customize model simulations for each individual modeling region and
perform sensitivity tests to optimize model performance before multi-year model
simulations are carried out.
Meteorological Analysis for Site Assessment and Micrositing
TRC can provide meteorological monitoring and data analysis services for site
assessment, feasibility analysis, and micrositing. This includes meteorological
monitoring system siting and evaluation, data validation and reporting,
Measure-Correlate-Predict analysis, statistical analysis, and climatological studies.
TRC can use this data to perform an energy production analysis and wind power density
TRC scientists can conduct high resolution flow modeling using the FLUENT
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model to simulate the influence of local terrain,
trees, and nearby structures on wind turbines. TRC can use this tool to develop
very high resolution local wind maps for micrositing studies.
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full range of additional CFD modeling services.
Customized Numerical Weather Prediction
TRC can provide customized numerical weather prediction services that support
wind farm operations using the most advanced meteorological models. Customized
automated forecasts can be provided worldwide and made available electronically.
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~ Last updated: June 6, 2008 ~